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Huntly boss laments 'powder-puff' performance

By Ewan Malcolm

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HUNTLY manager Allan Hale says his side got what they deserved in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Rothes.

Brodie Allen
Brodie Allen

A first half brace from Gary Kerr and a late goal from Alan Pollock secured a comfortable win for the Speysiders at Mackessack Park.

Hale was disappointed with his side's first half performance which saw Rothes waste a glut of clear cut chances.

Hale said: " If you don't anticipate certain situations on the pitch then good teams will find the gaps and they will punish you.

"We were marginally better in the second half - a wee bit more organised but sometimes it just comes down to the willingness of the players to do the basics.

"The whole first half we were passive. Powder-puff really. Scared to engage, sat off them and we were probably lucky that we only came in at half time only two nil down.

"Second half we've got into the game but when we've got into the final third our decision making was unacceptable. We got what we deserved over the 90 minutes."

Despite Hale's disappointment with the performance he was delighted to see new signings Andy Hunter, Robbie Foster and Brodie Allen get game time for their new club.

"The new boys did well," Hale added.

"Andy hunter gives us some leadership and he gives us a real presence up top.

"I thought Brodie was excellent off the bench as well and Robbie Foster really only needs to work on his fitness to ge that intensity.

"You saw in the final third that when he has got the opportunity to step forward and attack then he's dangerous. The decision making wasn't quite there but he's only been here a week and a half so we'll work with them, that's our responsibility as coaches."

Robbie Foster
Robbie Foster

Huntly welcome league leaders Fraserburgh to Christie Park next weekend in what is undoubtedly a tough game for Hale's side.

"We'll take care of ourselves first. We can't worry about anybody else," Hale said.

"We're trying to build a club that isn't afraid of going against the best teams so we'll just stay focused on ourselves."

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