Buckie manager Graeme Stewart was left frustrated after Saturday’s defeat to Dunfermline in the Irn-Bru Cup Second Round after their game plan was not stuck to, leaving them well beaten by their Championship opponents.
The 35-year-old said to the press post-match:
“We set out a game plan and they didn’t really get going with it in the first-half. Obviously, they are a good team but they didn’t need to work hard for their goals. They were always going to have the ball; we were always going to have 30% possession, but, it is how we defended – the first two goals are shocking. Our left-back has got to cover the first one and then for the second one, our midfielder should cover and it is also a cross in we should defend, so, they were obviously the better team but if they had stuck to my game plan they might have had a better chance.”
Asked what his game plan was, the Highland League side’s’ boss responded:
“I’m not telling you! When you played against these teams, you aren’t going to have a lot of the ball so it is about finding areas for our strikers – as we have fast strikers – but every ball we hit forward was straight down the middle and their centre-halves were eating them up. The ball wasn’t going into the channels and while it isn’t as simple as that because there are other movements required, but we had those things in place. I wouldn’t say they were nervous, as we have played in these games before, but they were panicking a little bit and sclaffing at things which put us under pressure while, in the second half, a long ball of 60 yards in behind was turning us and throwing us. You can say what you like about Scottish football, but that is percentage football and if we had done a little bit more of that, we might have stood a chance.”
Having put three past Allan Johnston’s men last term in the William Hill Scottish Cup, to some, it was a surprise that Buckie never overly troubled the Pars defence this time around.
“I think we were unlucky,” says Stewart. “We had a couple of opportunities. The first-half has killed us a wee bit, to be honest. If we had went in at 1-0 or 2-0 down, I think we would’ve still had a chance but that third goal killed it: I’m disappointed though because before the game I said to the boys I fancy us to get one, possibly even two, so, if we were to concede an early goal, hold on, but, it wasn’t to be and they showed their class – I thought they were really good, a much better team than when we played them last year, so, fair play.”