Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson had some harsh words to say following his side’s narrow 2-1 win over local side Dundee Violet in the semi-final of the GA Engineering Cup on Saturday. Despite booking their place in the final, he was far from happy with the teams’ performance. Read below what he had to say…
“We went into Saturday’s semi-final game against Violet on a good run of form in the Super League and we were looking to continue that. We spoke to the players regarding the way we wanted to approach the game whilst stressing how important it was to not be complacent.
The players have to take full credit for the run we’ve been on but our first half performance yesterday was probably the worst we’ve played in a long time, it was not acceptable. We were slow in our build up and there was no real urgency about us throughout the side. Credit to Violet though, they played really well and had the better of the chances first half.
At half time we had some choice words with the players in the dressing room and I demanded a big reaction from every one of them which I felt we got come the second half. We were much improved and we controlled large parts of the half. We looked threatening and had a purpose about our play compared to the first forty-five minutes. I thought Grant Lawson (pictured) was excellent when he came on and gave us an added dimension to the team and shows the importance of substitutes coming on and making an impact in the game.
I can’t really remember Iain Ross having much to do in our goal bar his save early in the first half. It was a nervy end with Violet scoring in the 90th minute but we saw the game out to reach the final. It was nowhere near the standards we have set recently but in a cup semi-final, it’s about winning and our 2nd half performance was much improved.
We now play Tayport in the final after they defeated Kirriemuir Thistle in the other semi-final and it’ll be a great occasion for the club and everyone connected but just now we will be firmly focused on our upcoming league games, starting with Broxburn at Whitton Park this Saturday. We are due a result over them following our East of Scotland Cup exit the other week at their place and we’ll have the squad in training midweek preparing for it…”