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Barry Urges Patience in Play

Barry Ferguson spoke to the official website this evening, following an opening day victory over Montrose in Ladbrokes League 2.

The Bully Wee recorded a 2-1 win but had to work hard to get through a well-organised Montrose side, especially in the second half after the scoreline had been levelled. A fine team goal after 75 minutes, finished by Matt Flynn, earned the three points.

“It’s part and parcel of football,” Barry said. “At certain times in certain games, teams will play a formation that’s going to make it difficult for us, especially at Broadwood. There will be times when it will be like playing against a brick wall and that’s when we need to be patient, keep the ball and keep it moving.

“It’s a new group and for some of them that’s a new thing. We spoke about it after the game on Saturday and I told the boys that they should take it as a compliment. It’s something we’ve been working on in terms of being patient but there’s still a bit of work to do for them to understand it fully. We’ll do some more work on it this week – they’ve been great so far in taking things on board.

“Overall, I was delighted with a lot of what happened in the game. As I said, there are a couple of things to sharpen up on but in general it was very positive, because Montrose made it difficult for us.”

The Clyde manager also praised the home support on Saturday and stressed the importance of the role that they could play throughout the season:-

“I thought the crowd was great on Saturday, especially in the second half. I hope that they can see what we’re trying to do. It’s a new style of play for us this season and it’ll take a few weeks for everyone to get used to the change.

“I keep using the word patience, but it will really help the guys if the fans can be patient as well. It’s going to be a big thing this season. I’m totally with the supporters – I want us to entertain and I think we have the players who can do that, but it’s just not always going to happen for the full 90 minutes.

“I’ve got a way that I like my team to play and we try to be positive in everything we do. We always go out with the aim of winning the match and taking the game to the opposition, but at times we’re going to have to learn to be patient and keep calm in our play.”