Barry Ferguson spoke to the official website ahead of a free weekend for the club, as international football takes centre stage. The Clyde manager revealed however, that the players would be getting together tomorrow despite having no match to take part in.
“We’ll be using the blank weekend to have an extra training session,” he said. “I decided that it would be better to give the boys Tuesday night off, after a long journey to Elgin, and it also means that we don’t go five days over the weekend without getting together at all.
“We’ve had full attendance at all of our sessions so far this season so it’s been pretty full on for the boys, especially as most of them come straight from work. I felt that a few days away from football altogether would do them some good; as a player I always felt that I needed that from time to time.”
On the match at Elgin, which finished 1-1, Barry gave his thoughts:-
“I thought we were excellent in the first half. We lost a sloppy goal but after that we really took the game to them and should have been ahead at the break. Considering how difficult the morning journey is, I was really pleased with that. In the second half we didn’t reach the same level, but overall I was still disappointed that we didn’t win the game.
“We had to make a few changes, especially at the back as Michael Bolo had other commitments and couldn’t make the journey. Mark and Marvin came in and I thought he was superb on his debut.”
Elgin were The Bully Wee’s final opponents of the first quarter of the 2015-16 League 2 campaign and Barry concluded with an overview of the season so far:-
“We’re in a much better place than we were at this point last season. We’ve played every team and the boys now know what they will be up against. We’re only three points off the top and there’s nothing in the league – it’s proving to be even harder to predict than people thought it would be.
“We’ve got the makings of a good team and we’ve seen that in most matches. My only complaint to the boys so far is that they need to be more consistent over the 90 minutes but, as I keep repeating, they are a great bunch. They are also hard on themselves as a group and they feel that they could have another 6 or 7 points on the board.
“Overall, I’m looking forward to the second quarter and I’m really positive about what lies ahead.”