Robbie’s View

Tuesday September 1st 2015

The week started with a friendly on Tuesday night against Dalkeith which gave me chance to give some boys a run out and also get a chance to look at Ruaridh Donaldson. We ran out 7-2 winners, playing some good football and scoring some excellent goals in the process. Ruaridh did well and did fine again on Saturday so hopefully we can get him tied up this week. Another big plus point was the performance of two lads from the 21’s Ryan Miller and Andrew Watson who did really well and did not look out of place. For me it’s important the Juniors have a good relationship with the 21’s and 19’s as there may be a few players that can make the step up plus if we were ever to be short of bodies we may well be able to pull in boys from these teams as well. I saw a bit of the 19’s game last Monday and they had some good players on show.

More ups and downs for everyone connected with Bonnyrigg Rose on Saturday! We started the game well enough and knocked the ball about fine and created a few half chances but didn’t take them. We then proceeded to give away two very soft goals again and Camelon got their tails up and we were second to every ball for the rest of the half. We were still passing the ball about but there was no purpose to it and it was far too pedestrian as they just got men behind the ball and were happy for us to knock about it as we weren’t hurting them. Half time was the first time I have given the players a blast since I’ve been at the club, it wasn’t good enough simple as that and we demanded a higher tempo and to get the ball forwarded quicker. I would like to tell you Wayne coming on was an inspired substitution but it was kind of forced on me as Jonny B was struggling as he had been suffering from flu. I didn’t think Wayne would last as long as he did as he has hardly trained but he deserves a lot of praise for his performance.

Wayne’s enthusiasm gave everyone a lift and the team deserve a lot of credit for showing a bit of character dragging themselves back into the game from being 2-0 down. When Wayne made it 3-2 I thought we would go on and win the game and we had chances with Lewis hitting the post. Like last week against Kelty we should have seen the game out but the game became scrappy and at a time we should have been keeping the ball better we were giving it away and proceeded to give another really poor goal away. After that I still thought we were the better team but there was chances at both ends to win it with Wayne having a great chance but I honestly think he was totally knackered with the effort he had put in after coming on.

For me we have dropped 4 points in our last two games, both games we should have won but as I have said before there is no easy games in this league and everything is so tight. Individual errors and poor decision making are costing us at the moment but a few wins back to back puts you right up there and I’m confident we can do that. I’m learning more about the players every week and I know there are a few things that need to be addressed but I believe we can get it right if the players keep applying themselves and have a bit more belief.

A break next week from League business with our cup game at Scone. To be honest I don’t know a lot about them but we certainly won’t be taking them lightly and I had someone watching them for me Saturday so hopefully we will be better informed once I get the report.

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