Mistakes cost Bully Wee as Annan close gap
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