Need to be braver, says Ian

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

FOOTBALL is a funny old game according to Carnoustie Panmure manager Ian Gilzean, writes Johnston Ralston.

Although the Gowfers are two matches into their league campaign without a win, he feels the scorelines have not reflected the quality of play.

Ian said: “We’re disappointed with the results. We defended better this week than we did against Linlithgow. That’s the funny thing, we defended better, but gave away three goals.”

Ian admitted one goal was the result of a lapse of concentration, but the other two were excellent strikes.

He said: “We played into the wind in the first half and the first goal was a bit of a giveaway from a free kick. To give the boy his credit, he smashed it in from the left post.

“We might have used the ball better, but the boy’s finish was terrific.

“The other goal was from the only time we let them have a quick throw in and we ended up giving ourselves a bit of a mountain to climb.”

Although the Gowfers tried to claw back the deficit it wasn’t enough. The boss said: “After that, we huffed and puffed through the match but without doing enough to win the game.

“We kept going right to the end, but just didn’t get the goals we needed. We should have been a bit braver on the ball like we were in the last game against Linlithgow.”

On the plus side he was satisfied with the performance of new goalkeeper Joe McGovern, who was thrown into the deep end on Saturday.

Ian said: “Joe did really well. He didn’t manage to train with us before Saturday and came straight into the starting team.

“He made a few cracking saves, but losing three goals he may have felt he could have done better. However, one was from a free kick and another was from a penalty, so he can’t be too hard on himself.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Panmure face off against St Andrews. The manager stated: “St Andrews have played two and lost two like us, so somebody is going to end up with some points this Saturday, and hopefully it will be us.”