The Bully Wee lost out in the Highlands this afternoon, as ten-man Elgin came back from behind to claim three points.
With David Marsh (suspension) and Stef McCluskey (injury) unavailable from the team that defeated Annan last time out, Jim Duffy added Gavin Brown, Pat Scullion and Kevin Watt to the starting line-up.
For the majority of the first half, Clyde were on top and created chances to score. Stuart McColm saw his header cleared off the line before the same player set up Pat Scullion, whose shot was saved by home ‘keeper John Gibson.
A goal did eventually come though, with half an hour on the clock. Good work by John Kane led to Mark Nicolson turning the ball into his own net.
However, against the run of play, the hosts equalised when Scullion’s attempted clearance was turned into the net by Stuart Leslie.
Elgin looked stronger after the half-time break and Kane had to react sharply to clear the ball from the Clyde line. The home side were reduced to ten men though, when David Niven was shown a second yellow card.
Unfortunately, that didn’t turn the match in The Bully Wee’s favour and poor defending led to a winning goal for City. A combination of errors by Brown and Barclay allowed Leslie to get his second goal of the game.
A disappointed Jim Duffy spoke to the media after the match:-
“We looked good in the first half but you have to capitalise when you are on top – football can change in an instant. The second half was a bit scrappy but Elgin were much better and we weren’t as good.
“The red card didn’t really help us, we started to rush things and it looked as though the players wanted to get a winning goal too quickly. I was a bit disappointed by our game intelligence at that stage.
“The winning goal was also disappointing as it was a combination of errors on our part. Overall, I’m frustrated as I don’t think we deserved to lose the match.”
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