Mis­takes cost Bully Wee as An­nan close gap

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Paul Thom­son

Clyde gaffer Barry Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted he was stunned and shocked af­ter his side gifted An­nan all three points.

Peter MacDon­ald opened the scor­ing for the Bully Wee af­ter 12 min­utes but the Gal­a­bankies fought back early in the sec­ond half when David McKenna took ad­van­tage of two er­rors from Clyde keeper John Gib­son to first loop home a header and then bury a re­bound from Rabin Omar’s free-kick.

MacDon­ald ap­peared to have sal­vaged a point when he lev­elled from the penalty spot 10 min­utes from time.

But the Bully Wee shot them­selves in the foot in 88 min­utes when Ai­dan Smith pounced on Ewan McNeil’s short back pass and rounded the keeper to snatch a late win­ner.

Fer­gu­son, whose side have taken just a point from their last five games, said: “I don’t re­ally know what to say about their three goals.

“I’m a bit stunned and shocked. It’s in­di­vid­ual er­rors and they should all have been dealt with. I asked my video guy to look at all the goals we’ve con­ceded this sea­son and 80 per cent of them were in­di­vid­ual er­rors.

“They never re­ally cre­ated any­thing, but we’ve gifted them three goals. It’s frus­trat­ing.”

An­nan gaffer Jim Chap­man was de­lighted to move level on points with fourth place Clyde.

But he was fum­ing about the penalty award and in­sisted Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted to him Clyde star Scott Fer­gu­son had dived to win the spot-kick that made it 2-2.

Chap­man said: “It’s em­bar­rass­ing that the ref­eree is conned by these things, but it’s also re­fresh­ing that the op­po­si­tion man­ager turns around and agrees that his player dives.

“That could have cost us, so I’m just de­lighted that we kept go­ing af­ter that and got the win we mer­ited.”

On a pos­i­tive note for Clyde, Jon Paul McGovern is get­ting closer to a re­turn to ac­tion, fol­low­ing a lengthy lay-off due to a knee in­jury.

The mid­fielder hasn’t been able to fea­ture for the team so far this sea­son, fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tion in the sum­mer and a longer than ini­tially ex­pected re­cov­ery pe­riod.

“Pleased to re­port that McGovern is now tar­get­ing a come­back in the near fu­ture, Fer­gu­son said: “We’re hop­ing to get him in­volved in full train­ing in the next cou­ple of weeks.”

Er­rors Clyde keeper John Gib­son

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