Monday November 2nd 2015
Where do I start?!!
We suffered a blow at training on Thursday when Jonny Brown pulled up at training with his persistent ankle injury. I feel sorry for Jonny as this has no doubt hampered his career and in my view if it hadn’t been for his ankle he would have played at a much higher level. In the games he has played for me he has been excellent and was staring to get a run of games together so hopefully he is not out for too long. This forced my hand a bit and Ruaridh got his first start since his injury.
The game itself and we started slowly and maybe looked a bit nervous with Bo’ness looking like the strong, experienced and good side that they are. We started to grow into the game and it was a pretty even contest first half with not a lot of football being played though I did think the better play came from us with Bo’ness having slightly better chances. We suffered another blow when Ruaridh was caught late and at first I thought his ankle was away again but fortunately it just looks like an impact injury and he might be available for next week.
I can’t speak highly enough of Adam for slotting in again at left back and doing a great job and the impact Lewis made when he came on in the middle of the park. Adam has filled in there a number of times now and I think its safe to say it not his favourite position but as he said he will play anywhere we need him to as long as he’s playing. When I took Lewis aside before the game to tell him he was wasn’t playing, he expected it as he knew Scott had earned his place. He 100% reacted in the right way, yes deep down he was disappointed but he still got behind the rest of the boys and as I said to him you never know what might happen so he must be ready. Coming on in a game that is being played at a 100mph is not easy but Lewis gave us drive and dig in the middle of the park and was excellent.
Second half and we lost a soft goal and at that point I thought here we go this is a real test of character for us. The players picked themselves and went again and deservedly got back in the game with a great finish from Deano. We then proceeded to lose another soft goal and I genuinely thought if we got a draw out of this we are doing well. To their credit to a man the players were absolutely immense in that last 20 minutes. Everyone knew we were a good football team but there was probably questions still unanswered as to how we would react when the chips were down. What I saw was desire, plenty heart, fitness and quality football. A decent move got us the second goal and Kieran showed determination to get the ball over the line. The 3rd goal was pure quality, great bit of play from Al, superb pass from Kiddo and an unbelievable finish from Wayne at that stage in the game.
The feeling I got when that 3rd goal went in and also at the final whistle was as good as I’ve had from football match in a long time. The game was so intense, a real battle with two good teams going head to head, it was great game looking back at it and both teams deserve credit for that. I must stress the spirit in the squad again was different class. Fraser did well for us when he went on and the reaction of the guys who weren’t involved Archie, Jonny B, Connor and Tobes was brilliant. I think its fair to say its a happy camp at the moment but we are not getting carried as there is a long way to go. For me we wanted to be up there challenging and that’s all we are doing at the moment.
We face another big game at home this Saturday to Broxburn and I’m sure Max will have the boys fired up after a disappointing result Saturday. I did my B Licence with Max and we got on really well so it will be good to catch up with him again.
One piece of sad new which put a dampener on Saturday night was the sudden passing away of big Kiddos mother in law. Out thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
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