Winning is something that we have really enjoyed a lot of in recent months, however, Saturday’s defeat to Broxburn was at the wrong end of the scale.
I can accept getting beat when you give your lot but when we came off the park on Saturday there were too many players not receiving pass marks. We went into the game with a bare 12 available players and two youth players, this meant that we had to reshuffle our fairly consistent team and play with a shape to accommodate the changes.
The first goal in games can make or break you and for us in recent months we have recovered from a goal down many times and won games, however, Saturdays performance fell considerably short. I felt that our performance lacked the usual urgency and intensity that we play with, I felt that, especially in the first half, we struggled to get the ball down to play which is unforgivable on a flat 3G surface. The first goal still hurts because from where we were standing the Broxburn striker looked about 3 yards offside however it was not given and the they took the lead, the second has come from yet more bad luck when Adam Harwood’s attempted clearance is charged down and Ross Nimmo got a lucky break as the ball lands nicely for him and he slotted it away well leaving us 2-0 down going in at the break.
In the second half we were better but not nearly at the standard that I expect. Although we did not play well, we had two simple chances that on another week we tuck away and 2/3 half chances that I would expect us to at least work there keeper but sadly we didn’t and I felt that summed up the day for us, a missed opportunity to continue taking points and moving up the league.
As much as I am disappointed with the defeat, we have to look at the bigger picture and for us coming into the festive period break on 18pts is incredible. We did not take a single point during the first 7 games of the season and took some heavy defeats during that time, however, we stuck together and kept the belief that we had in each other and turned the situation around. We have 13 league games left, we are in the East of Scotland and the GA Cup competitions still so we have a big second half of the season to look forward to with everything to play for. During the Christmas period we will be looking to get some key players back in the squad, we hope to see the long awaited return of influential midfielders Roddy Black and John Roberts and our two wingers Bob Urquhart and Mikey McIIravey, who we have been without for most of the time since pre-season, so getting these boys back will be like signing 4 new players and it will be a welcome return for everyone.
We would like to thank you for all your support during the first half of the season and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year when it comes.
We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.