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Chris Pays Tribute to Squad Strength

Mon, 21st Oct 2019 8:17pm

Chris Johnston spoke to the press following Clyde's 2-2 draw against Raith Rovers in Ladbrokes League 1 on Saturday.

The 25-year-old came on at half-time and made an impact, as he helped The Bully Wee come back from two goals down to take a deserved point from the match.

"We didn't play well in the first half at all," he said. "We managed to come back and get the goals though and if the game had gone on just that little bit longer I feel that we would have won the game.

"The manager made the call at half-time to change the team and it worked. It was brave to make the changes when he did but we've got a strong squad and got back into the game. We knew that once we got the first goal, we'd be back in the game.

"As I said, if the game had went on for another five or ten minutes I feel that we would have got another goal. Their 'keeper made a few good saves, a couple from Goodwillie like tipping his header round the post. I think overall it was a good game for a neutral."

Johnston was quick to praise the team effort and his fellow players, after another game where Clyde got a result from a losing position:-

"We've come back from two goals down before, against Queen of the South. We know that even if we're getting beat we’ll always score goals, especially when you have players like Goodwillie, Lamont and Love who can all create chances. 

"We know if we keep doing what we're good at - passing the ball, working hard and pressing teams - then we'll score goals. We have the best striker in the league and other boys will chip in with goals as well."

Chris admitted that he was disappointed to see his name on the bench, but that he didn’t let it affect him. He continued:-

"I was a bit surprised to be honest, but it's just one of those things. I know that if I'm on the bench, if I get on I just want to make an impact to try get myself back in the team. Hopefully I've done that for next week."

To conclude, Johnston spoke about how far he felt The Bully Wee have come since the 5-2 defeat earlier in the season at Stark's Park:-

"I think that game was the turning point. We knew we weren’t good enough, we gave away cheap goals and after that game we had a few home truths, which kicked us on. We then went on to beat Falkirk and we've not done badly since then, apart from the Montrose game, which hopefully was just a one off. 

"I feel we've done well in the majority of games; we just need to perform for the full match. We need to start well too and stop giving away easy goals."

Picture by Craig Black