Keith Gibson was in two minds after his side’s 4-4 draw with Fauldhouse United on Saturday in the East Region Super League.
On one hand the Broughty Athletic boss was thrilled with the chances his side created as they fought back with four goals to earn a point.
But on the other, Gibson was bitterly disappointed with the defending for the goals they conceded to Fauldhouse, with three of them coming about from uncharacteristic softness in the centre of the back line.
With five minutes to go The Fed were 4-3 up having been 2-0 down early on in the game, but United were able to grab a late equaliser to split the points.
It follows the trip to Broxburn Athletic when the hosts scored twice in the last few minutes to take a 2-1 win after Broughty had looked on course for another three well-deserved points.
The Fed boss isn’t quite sure what’s causing the loss of late goals like that, but added that with five points lost in the space of two weeks due to conceding at the death of games, his players need to rectify it and soon.
He said: “We started the first 10 minutes not too badly, we were looking solid in our shape again.
“But defensively we were really, really poor.
“The goals we lost were preventable. We lost three goals right down the middle.
“We’ve been looking relatively solid, especially against St Andrews in the week. We’ve given four goals away and we’ve never done that since we came in.
“But offensively, we’ve created lots of chances again which is really pleasing.
“It’s kind of mixed emotions because we’re 2-0 down and pull it back, so you’re taking a point at that.
“But we were 4-3 up with five minutes to go so arguably we’ve lost two points.
“But the positives are gaining a point, negatives are playing so poorly defensively. We’ve got lots to work on.
“In the last two weeks we’ve lost five points in the last five minutes.
“It’s maybe a lack of mental toughness or concentration.
“We’ve spoken to the boys because we can’t keep doing that. We’ll rectify it.
“I won’t criticise my players because they’ve been excellent for us this season so far, but we can’t keep giving goals away like that if we want to do well.
“The fans definitely got their fiver’s worth at the Fauldhouse game, it could have easily been 8-8.
“Defenses were not on top in the slightest..”
The boss confirmed that Adam O’Connor - who arrived at the club earlier this summer from Dundee Violet - has been placed on the transfer list.
Meanwhile the club was happy to announce this week that local scrap metal recycling firm Frank Kelbie Limited will be the club’s major sponsor for their home jerseys this season.
Stephen Kelbie of the company is pictured above with O’Connor and Bryan Duell at Whitton Park showing off the new shirt.
All at Broughty Athletic sent their thanks to Stephen and the company for their fantastic support for this season and the past seasons.