Mixed emotions for Broughty Athletic boss Keith Gibson after Newtongrange Star defeat

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Broughty Athletic’s 3-2 defeat to Newtongrange Star left boss Keith Gibson in two minds on Saturday.

The Fed gaffer was far from impressed with the first half display that saw his side trail 3-0 at half-time, but he was thrilled with how his players battled back after the break to score twice.

And with the side denied what he described as two stonewall penalties - and fashioning lots of chances - Keith said he’s disappointed overall not to have got anything from the game against the Midlothian outfit.

Gibson said: “It was disappointing because we’ve not taken the three points obviously. But it was really a game of two halves. In the first half we were nowhere near it. We sat off Newtongrange and yeah they’re a good side, but we gave them far too much time on the ball. We were 3-0 down at half-time and the players knew it wasn’t an acceptable performance.

“Second half we came out and we dominated. I think if we scored earlier we could have went on to get something out of the game, because we created chances. I was really disappointed with the first half performance but the positives were the second half display.

“We had two stonewall penalties turned down as well. You’re meant to have linesmen every game in the Super League and it never happened. Sometimes you get them but I knew they were two penalties we should have had. Lee Sibanda is there before the keeper, lifts it over the goalie and he’s been taken out. For the second one Tulloch has caught McConnachie on the shin and went through him, but the ref gave a corner. It’s disappointing.

“We’ve got a lot to work on from that first half display but I have to take positives from the second half. Paul Nunan played for a bit and that’s a massive lift for us. There’s a lot of character there to come back but we need to stop giving ourselves a mountain to climb by losing goals. It might sound strange but apart from their three goals, my keeper’s only had one save to make the whole game.

“It’s back to the drawing board this weekend for Bo’ness United at home, it’s another tough one and they’re doing really well this season.”