Clyde boss Ferguson upbeat despite Arbroath defeat

Clyde boss Barry Ferguson said he couldn’t be too critical of his side despite seeing their winning run come to an end at the hands of Arbroath on Saturday.

Clyde’s 2-1 defeat means they have now lost both home matches against Arbroath this campaign.

In fact, in all four meetings between the sides this season the away side has left with the points.

The result brought a run of four consecutive wins to an end and marks the finish of a heavy fixture schedule.

But Clyde remain in second place, just two points behind leaders East Fife and Ferguson refused to be too downbeat.

He said: ““I can’t really criticise because they’ve been excellent over the last six or seven weeks.

“First half we were the better team, but second half we looked leggy. So I’ll need to think of what I’m going to do this week with them.”

Ferguson continued: “A lot of them have played a lot of minutes. I think it’s something crazy, 11 games in 30-odd days. So it’s a lot of football.

“We had chances [at the end] but we were dead on our feet.”

Looking ahead to the remaining five fixtures, Ferguson is confident his side can still achieve automatic promotion.

He said: “It’s still in our hands. I told them, you win the five games, you win the league.

“That’s the way I’ve got to look at it. I can’t have a go at them, tiredness kicks in. I’ve been through that myself.”

The Clyde boss was also pleased with the debut from Jordan Kirkpatrick, admitting he is a player he has been tracking for some time.

He said: “He did well. Jordan’s a good player and one that I tried to get in January and he’s somebody that I’m trying to do a deal for in the summer.

“He can do better, but he’s not played [much]. He’s been in and out of Dumbarton’s team.