Clyde boss Ferguson backs Gormley over Elgin challenge

Barry Ferguson makes his point to Elgin boss Jim Weir

Barry Ferguson makes his point to Elgin boss Jim Weir

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Clyde manager Barry Ferguson insists that a player who would set out to hurt an opponent would have no place at the club.

The Bully Wee boss was red-carded along with Elgin City boss Jim Weir after a challenge by David Gormley on visiting defender Darryl McHardy during Saturday’s match at Broadwood sparked a fracas involving players and managers.

But Ferguson backed his player after the match and said he felt the challenge was fair.

He said: “I thought that it was a fair tackle. I’ve watched it again on the video and it’s clear, he’s not gone in to try and hurt the player. If he did go in with the intention of hurting the player I’ll be the first to tell Gormley and I would go through him at half-time.

“I’m just being honest. I’m protecting my player from what I thought was a fine tackle. My players don’t go out with the intention to hurt people. If I see any sign that one of my players would go out with the intention of trying to hurt a player they wouldn’t be here.”

Clyde were left hanging for a 2-1 win after failing to take advantage of a whirlwind start which produced two goals in the opening six minutes.

The Clyde boss admitted: “If you take it first half we were the better team, in the second half Elgin were the better team. I’m honest enough to say that.

“But at stages last year that was a game we probably would have lost two points, we’ve got that bit about us.

“I thought the first half hour we were excellent. But Elgin are a good team and they came into it in the last 15 minutes which is going to happen.

“Then in the second half they were the better team. I thought our effort and commitment was excellent as usual but we were a bit too deep.”

Ferguson’s hand was forced to an extent by an injury to Ross Perry which meant he took the ex-Rangers defender off as a precaution and brought the impressive Ewan McNeil back from his role further forward.

Fergusopn said: “Obviously losing Perry and having to switch it about, putting Ewen back from an attacking position which he’s done really well for me, putting him to centre-half and Fergie [Scott Ferguson] who’s not match fit, I’ve had to put him on.

“So in terms of the quality it wasn’t good in the second half, but the boys know how to dig a win out which sometimes you’ve got to do in this league.

“I’ve taken Ross Perry off as a precaution. I’ve lost two very important players already. I think it’s a dead leg which has started to tighten up and I wasn’t going to take a chance with him because he’s been excellent since he’s come in for me.

“He’s a real leader for me in the team and that’s something which we missed, certainly in the back line in the second half.”

Next up for Clyde is a trip to Arbroath.