Bully Wee’s bad form con­tin­ues

Fer­gu­son ad­mits Clyde are in a rut

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide -

Clyde boss Barry Fer­gu­son ad­mit­ted his team are in a rut af­ter pick­ing up just one point in their last six matches.

The Bully Wee are now 17 points away from the League Two sum­mit, de­spite hav­ing been la­belled as one of the favourites to win the di­vi­sion be­fore a ball was kicked.

Ross Ka­vanagh hit the first for Stir­ling Al­bion in the 3-0 ham­mer­ing at Forth­bank be­fore Dy­lan Bikey bagged a brace to seal an im­pres­sive per­for­mance for the Bi­nos.

Fer­gu­son said: “We de­served to get beaten. We are in a rut just now and the play­ers have ad­mit­ted that.

“But they are the only ones who can get us out of it.

“We can only set them out in a cer­tain way. Once they cross that white line they have a job to do.

“But we need to find wins from some­where. Right now it’s too easy for teams against us.”

Fer­gu­son made three changes to the team fol­low­ing last week’s de­feat to An­nan, with Sean Hig­gins and Martin McNiff re­turn­ing and new sign­ing Brett Long putting on the keeper’s jersey.

The first chance of the match fell to the hosts when a cross from the right found Ka­vanagh but Long did well to get his body in the way of the ball from point-blank range.

Clyde then en­joyed a pe­riod on top and Peter MacDon­ald’s header at the near post went wide be­fore Scott McLaugh­lin’s free- kick brought out a good save from Cameron Bin­nie.

Long de­nied the lively Stir­ling for­ward Bikey with a save at his near post but the Bi­nos took the lead af­ter 28 min­utes when a de­liv­ery from the left wing reached Ka­vanagh and his header gave Long no chance.

Be­fore half-time the Bully Wee could have equalised, with Martin McNiff shoot­ing wide and David Gorm­ley miss­ing an ex­cel­lent chance af­ter be­ing set up by MacDon­ald.

Af­ter a fairly even first half the sec­ond half was mostly dom­i­nated by Stir­ling and they ex­tended their lead with 66 min­utes on the clock.

Bikey found too much space on the left and the French­man cut in­side and put an ex­cel­lent low shot into the cor­ner of the net.

A few min­utes later Bikey put the re­sult be­yond doubt, latch­ing on to a loose ball in the box and smash­ing the ball past Long, who again had lit­tle chance to pre­vent the goal.

Stir­ling gaf­fer Dave Mackay said: “It’s the best 90 min­utes com­bined by a dis­tance and hope­fully we can only get bet­ter be­cause the play­ers we have brought in are maybe not up to full speed yet.”

Un­der pres­sure Barry Fer­gu­son and as­sis­tant Bob Mal­colm

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