“Naive moments cost us” – Little

‘Gers boss Ian Little was left rueing momentary lapses of concentration in his defence as he watched his side collapse after taking a first-half lead away to BSC Glasgow on Saturday. 

Little said: “Like last week, I thought we started really well. We kept the same shape to the team with a 4-3-3, and you could see that our back four and midfield three were working hard to give our front three the chance to play higher.

Despite creating chances, the ‘Gers couldn’t find a way back into the game after conceding 3 in 5 minutes. Picture credit: Doug Stenhouse.

“That allowed us to create chances and with Gary Windram and Daniel Purves playing off Callum Smith, we found ourselves driving at their defence often and eventually we go in front with a great free-kick from Gary. 

“With more care and better decision-making on the ball, we might have gone on to net a second, but before you know it we’ve had a bad five minute spell and we’re 3-1 down. Jack Cook’s slip gives them the chance for the first and they capitalise. They were clinical in front of goal.

“To be fair to the players, I think they showed character in spite of that poor spell. They stuck to the shape and in honesty, I felt we should have pulled ourselves back in with a chance as we had a couple of good opportunities to make it 3-2.

“In the second half we tried to be a little more direct in our approach and grab that goal to give us a lifeline, but unfortunately it didn’t come and another naive decision in defence on our touchline leads to conceding the fourth.”

Although Little could see room for improvement in decision-making at both ends of the park, the gaffer did find some positives, as he finished:

“Despite the result I thought we showed some character and desire in our performance. The front three of Windram, Smith and Purves were very creative, and if we make the right decisions at the right moments in games, I feel we’ll start to collect the points some of our performances deserve.”