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"We had enough chances to win" - Ricky on Stirling Uni

14th November 2020

Caledonian Braves manager Ricky Waddell said his side created enough chances to pick up the three points against Stirling University, and was disappointed to lose the game.

The Braves went ahead through Jack Smith midway before Stirling flipped the game to lead 2-1 going into the break. Neil McLaughlin scored a terrific chip from a mighty distance to equalise before the away side grabbed the winner with ten minutes to go.

Waddell said: "I felt the performance was up and down in the first half and I think the performance was better in the second half, for sure.

"I think we had enough chances to go and win the game. We obviously didn't take them. And if you don't take your chances, you don't win games."

The Braves made several changes from the last match against Gretna 2008, including some that were enforced including suspensions for Jamie Walker and Blair Docherty, and that meant the likes of Scott Forrester filled in at left back and Dom Slattery started his first match of the season.

The gaffer said: "Individually I think they coped okay. And as a unit, they were okay. But okay doesn't win you games. 

"Regardless of the way you look at it, it was an improvement from Tuesday, and if there wasn't improvement then we would certainly be in a predicament."

This week's midweek fixture sees the Braves travel to Perthshire to face Jeanfield Swifts, but the manager was keen to stress that analysis on today's game had to be completed before thinking about that match.

"I'm not thinking about it at the moment, I need to dissect that one today. I'm disappointed with the result today and I'll put my mind to Jeanfield on Monday."



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