Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Linlithgow Rose was far more than 3 points, it was the first time we have had won down there in ten attempts but the second time we have beaten them this season.
We went into the game with our usual injury worries that have become part and parcel of this season, however, we knew that the starting eleven was strong and capable of competing with any side in the league that alongside the arrival of new signing Murray Mackintosh, made me eager for the game to begin.
If it had not been for a great goal line clearance by Danny Miller and a fantastic one on one save by Alan Cormack, then Linlithgow might have taken the lead in the first 15 minutes of the game, however, we weathered the storm and began creating some opportunities ourselves. The game was quite open during the first 45 minutes with both teams having good opportunities to take the lead but an avoidable corner and bad defending, lead to Linlithgow scoring, the corner was dropped into the six yard box and Linlithgow skipper Colin Leipe, was allowed to score a powerful header without a challenge which was disappointing.
For me the second half was all about what we did, I felt that we wanted it more than Linlithgow and that showed after our persistence around the box paid off. We were awarded a free kick, Gordon McDonald unleashed an unstoppable shot that was in the net before Darren Hill could react and he could only help it on its way, the strike is up there as one of the best I have seen this season. After that goal I knew we could go on and win this game and probably should have scored our second, a great bit of football got us into the box and a simple ball across the six yard line should have resulted in a tap in but unfortunately we made the wrong choice on this occasion. We needn’t have worried as the winning goal came ten minutes from the end and it was worthy of winning any game . It started with a goal kick from Alan Cormack and the speed of our passing and movement going forward created more and more space before Gordon McDonald hit a left foot shot from the edge of the box in the opposite corner, giving us the 2-1 lead and ultimately the victory.
The level of performance that we put in was incredible, I felt our players outbattled and outfought Linlithgow and the character to come back and win from a goal down away from home epitomises the character in this squad. Our defensive performance limited Linlithgow to very few chances and if we had been smarter in front of goal, then we might have won the game by a bigger margin. Another 3 points and up to joint 6 in the league which we are delighted with, yes teams have games in hand below us however, I would much rather teams chased us than the other way around.