Defeat a learning experience says captain

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GOWFER’S captain Robert Hendry sees their campaign as learning experience, defeats and all.

Their 3-1 defeat by Hill of Beath shows that the Gowfers have a lot still to learn, but there are always positives to be found.

Robert said: “That’s probably the best we have started this season. It was disappointing, we were the better team for the first 20 minutes and then we let them come back at us.”

Robert believes his side could benefit from watching how teams at home in the Super League play. He said: “When it comes down to it, it’s as much about ability as how we go about playing the game.

“Hill were really streetwise and they made it hard for us. They knew when to take corners and they would always have three players on the ball.

“We need to look at how we’re organised on the pitch and how the boys are communicating with each other.”

Looking forward to tomorrow (Saturday) Robert feels the D.J. Laing Cup final could give the Gowfers a massive campaign boost, if they win.

He said: “Anything can happen in a cup final. If we get up and win some silverware that’ll give us a bit of confidence and Lochee should be a good test. It would be good for us as a team if we can pick up a trophy this early in the season.”

Lochee United might not be a pushover however. He explained: “They are sort of in the same position as us, the same frame of mind, they’re coming off the back of two defeats so they’ll be thinking they need a win.”