Reserve Judgement

After a promising second half performance, Reserve team coach Gary Montignani provided his assessment of the narrow 1-0 loss to Queen’s Park. He felt the team grew into the game played at The city Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, saying  “It was a good game of football first and foremost. Our second half was a lot better than the first. I felt in the first we played at their tempo, almost like we were their guests as opposed to being here to try and compete. 

“I don’t think they cut us open a lot in the first half when we were under pressure in our own third but second half we were a lot better – our tempo and intensity out of possession and you could see that we caused them more problems and a bit of panic at the back. 

“They are obviously a possession based side and we were forced to get after them a wee bit from the front and I think second half we did that a lot better. We had more of the ball and as I say caused them problems without having many cutting edge chances. That was probably the only thing missing from the second half performance.

“It was good learning and great to come here where there are great facilities and a great pitch to play on. You feel we deserved something more from the second half. 

“Queen’s Park kept us camped into a five which is not what we want to do. The big instruction was to get our full backs higher up. The shapes were similar so it was a bit of cat and mouse down the sides. We were trying to impose our style on to them more and I think we did that in the second half. The effort and the work rate from them all you can’t take away.”

The only goal of the game was scored by Queen’s Park left wingback Kane Thomson and that was the only real disappointment in the game, Gary continued:-

“The guy came in from the side and the ball was coming through a couple of bodies so it was unfortunate for Max. It was probably one of the only times that they breached us in the first half and managed to get a shot away. I know they came into it in the last five minutes of the second half but that was probably down to our fatigue rather than anything else. It was unfortunate the goal that we conceded because I don’t think that there was a team that ran away with it or deserved to win the game. A draw was probably a fair result at the end of the day on the day but it’s a learning experience for a young team.”

Keeper Max Little was kept busy and he had a good game. Gary said that you can see his enthusiasm and his desperation to play:-

“Especially in the first half he wanted to get the ball down and is ready to kick it before the others are set. That’s just his natural enthusiasm for the game. We had to say to him at half time just to manage the game a wee bit better. His saves and distribution from Max were all good, it was a good performance from him.”

Upfront the Sutherland brothers – Taylor and Jake – provided a dangerous strike force, Gary agreed but observed:-

“The pitch was a little slidy and the ball never really fell for them. The way they use their body and their movement they cause problems.  They are a dangerous partnership who on another day may have has a couple of extra chances or a goal.”

Gary said that the outstanding SPFL Reserve League Cup tie against Dundee United is waiting for a date to be re-scheduled for the postponed home cinch Championship against Airdrieonians.

Match Report: 30/01/24 Queen’s Park B 1 Dunfermline Reserves 0

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