ANY OTHER manager would be a bundle of nerves after a cup shoot-out, but not the Gowfers’ gaffer, writes Johnston Ralston.
Ian Gilzean seems to have recovered after his side’s Scottish Emirates Cup game against Blackburn United went to a penalty shoot-out.
He said: “There’s nothing you can do. At least in a game you can change players and formations. It’s just down to them and how they handle it and if they have the bottle.
“Luckily we had five boys that put their hand up who did have it. It’s tough to watch and it’s a harsh way to go out. That must be the first penalty shoot-out we’ve won.”
However, Ian believes Panmure could have saved him the grey hairs. He said: “I can’t fault them. The first half they played really well, but we did lose a bit of discipline in the second half.
“We needed to challenge more and make things a bit easier for ourselves.
“Robbo thought the boy tried to elbow him and he retaliated. He knows he made a major error. When we went down to nine the boys really kept going. They did brilliantly.
“Blackburn only equalised with three minutes to go. We were lucky not to go into extra-time. We managed to last, although I think they might have overcome us if it had gone to extra-time.”
With confidence high, Panmure face Musselburgh away. Ian said: “If we can keep 11 men on the park and play as well as we did last Saturday we’ll have no problems. I’ve always said I think we can go anywhere and play anyone. We have enough quality to get a result.