Scor­ing goals won’t patch poor de­fense

Leaky back­line a con­cern for Bully Wee

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Chris Smith scored his first goals of the sea­son for Clyde – then in­sisted not con­ced­ing them should be the team’s top pri­or­ity.

The Bully Wee de­fender bagged a brace at Broad­wood to help his side to a sec­ond league win of the cam­paign on Sat­ur­day, writes Colin Pater­son.

Sean Hig­gins was also on the score­sheet with a dou­ble while Craig Sives’ own goal en­sured Clyde went nap.

Cow­den­beath twice pegged back the hosts through Dean Brett’s penalty and a lon­grange drive from Brian Ross.

A late con­so­la­tion was later plun­dered when Clyde sub David Gorm­ley turned a Fraser Mullen free-kick into his own net.

And Smith ad­mit­ted the goals con­ceded was as much of a topic of dis­cus­sion af­ter the game as their po­tency in at­tack.

The 27 year old said: “It’s al­ways good as a de­fender to get a cou­ple of goals to help the boys but con­ced­ing three is not some­thing I want to be do­ing.

“We need to start stop­ping them. We can’t keep re­ly­ing on the strik­ers to score four, five and six goals to win a game for us.

“The strik­ers are on form just now so I’m not go­ing to com­plain. We’ve just got to get it to­gether at the back.

“We’re ob­vi­ously happy to get the three points. The most im­por­tant thing is to win, even it is 10-9.

“You’ve got to keep the fans en­ter­tained – you can’t let any­one leave early! Se­ri­ously, I’m sure we will get it right and if we can we will be fine as we can al­ways score goals.”

Clyde’s at­tack­ing play was a huge pos­i­tive and Smith reck­ons there is a lot for the Bully Wee faith­ful to get ex­cited about.

He added: “The play­ers we have got in should be at a higher level. We’re al­ways go­ing to score goals and look dan­ger­ous.”

Smith headed home the opener from Dy­lan Eas­ton’s free-kick be­fore Brett lev­elled from the spot. It was 2-1 when Hig­gins tapped home with Ross lev­el­ling for Cow­den who trailed at the break af­ter Sives’ own goal.

Hig­gins made it 4-2 fol­low­ing a bril­liant move in­volv­ing Peter MacDon­ald and Matty Flynn be­fore Smith added a fifth. Gorm­ley’s own goal com­pleted the scor­ing.

Clyde – who have this week­end off af­ter be­ing knocked out of the IRN-BRU Cup – are up to third in the ta­ble on goals scored.

Boss Barry Fer­gu­son said: “We just gifted three goals for no rea­son at all. We re­ally need to sort it out de­fen­sively. I’m not happy and I told them that.

“They are hon­est boys and they know them­selves. This is what train­ing is for and this is what I’m for – to rec­tify th­ese mis­takes.

“It’s not us and it’s not th­ese play­ers. I know we’re bet­ter than that. We need to work hard to stop con­ced­ing silly goals.

“We’re re­ally ex­cit­ing go­ing for­ward and some of the play was ex­cel­lent. We look a real threat.”

Top form Sean Hig­gins scored a dou­ble

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