Make do and mend, says McSkimming

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Saturday was a bit of a disappointment for Gowfers gaffer Alan McSkimming after his side failed to capitalise on a depleted Hill O’ Beath.

Despite being 1-0 up at half-time and playing for a significant period against just nine men, Carnoustie emerged with a solitary, but much-needed, point from their clash.

Alan said: “It wasn’t ideal, Saturday was very unfortunate for a number of reasons. We did everything we could to win the game, but unfortunately there were a couple of sloppy goals that allowed them back in the game.

“I see Saturday as two points missed for one gained.”

Football is a funny old game, and although on paper losing two opponents looks a good thing, it can result in a tactical imbalance that’s awkward to accommodate.

Alan explained: “Most of the time when you face nine or 10 men it becomes more difficult to play against them because they adopt a more defensive set up and it becomes hard to break them down.

“Our problem was that we didn’t have the boys available to capitalise on them being down a man and at that point a couple of errors by individual players cost us.”

Tonight (Friday) in a departure from normal practice the Gowfers head into Dundee to play Lochee United for what promises to be a grudge match. The boss commented: “That’s it down to three games and three points needed. It’s a big derby for us, there’s no love lost between us and Lochee.

“We just need to make sure the boys are all ready and prepared after a long working week.”

A potential chink in the Gowfers’ armour is a serious lack of hitmen as a number of players are unavailable. Alan explained: “All of the strike force are unavailable due to injury and Kevin Milne being suspended. Some boys will be playing out of position, which is not ideal, but we don’t have a recognised striker playing.

“Saying that, I am more than confident that we can go out there and get the three points. These are the games that we look forward to.”