Musselburgh Athletic manager rues team’s lack of confidence

Musselburgh manager Steve McLeish
Musselburgh manager Steve McLeish
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Musselburgh boss Steve McLeish thinks his players need a couple of good results that will see the confidence return to his side.

The hosts went down 2-0 to Broughty on Saturday due to a couple of defensive lapses late in the second half when they looked like they would grind out at least a point.

“All we need is a run of wins and we’ll be back,” McLeish said. “We beat Fauldhouse last week and I thought we would kick on from that but we gave away a couple of bad goals and the heads went down.

“We had a wee rally midway through the game but were disappointing for the rest. It looked like we weren’t interested apart from that 20-minute spell.”

In a largely uninspiring first half with very few chances, the game sprung into life when visiting striker Kevin Buchan brought out a fine stop from John Dodds in the 
Musselburgh goal.

The home side started the second half well and for a spell looked the more likely to open the scoring. However, with little more than 15 minutes remaining, and against the run of play, Broughty broke the deadlock.

A long ball over the Burgh defence found Buchan some 25 yards out and he cleverly lofted the ball over Dodds, who had raced off his goal-line, and into an empty net. The misery was then compounded in the closing minutes when the visitors grabbed a second. A long cross from the right was collected by unmarked substitute Jake Mair and he controlled the ball before hitting an angled drive into the net.

In truth, Musselburgh looked like a side short on confidence and well below the standards set from a couple of months ago when they hit the top of the Super league.

Musselburgh: Dodds, Swaney, McLeish, Myles, Gibson, Hamilton, Wright, Thomson, Palizcka. Jamieson, Bracks. Subs: Christie, Davie, McKenna.

Broughty: Ross, McCunnie, Cameron, Wibaut, Myles, Lunan, McLellan, Winter, Bucham, McConnachie, Lawson. Subs: Sinclair, Suttie, Mair, Smart, Clark