Published: 04/11/2017 09:00 - Updated: 03/11/2017 16:08

Boss says Elgin must play to their strengths

Written byCraig Christie

PLAYING football the way it should be – that’s the secret of Elgin City’s success under new boss Gavin Price.

Elgin manager Gavin Price is League 2 manager of the month for October
Elgin manager Gavin Price is League 2 manager of the month for October


City beat bogey side Clyde 4-2 at Broadwood on Saturday to maintain Price’s perfect start to his time in charge.

The win also earned the new boss an award for Ladbrokes League 2 manager of the month for October.

With wins over Edusport Academy in the Scottish Cup and Stenhousemuir in League 2, the Black and Whites made it three wins in a row in Cumbernauld and are targeting a fourth when north rivals Peterhead pay a visit on Saturday.

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The Blue Toon have already defeated Elgin 3-0 on two occasions this term, at Borough Briggs in the Betfred Cup and also in the league at Balmoor.

Both those results came when previous manager Jim Weir was still shaping his team, before his departure to Forfar at the start of November.

“I’m hoping we are a different team from the one that had played Peterhead so far, because we certainly haven’t given a good account of ourselves against them,” said Price. “It will be hopefully a different performance and we will certainly be up for it.” Price has carried on Weir’s footballing philosophy in his first month at the helm, and feels if his team plays to their strengths they can continue their winning ways.

“I think we have settled into a way we want to play.

“I’ve tried to express on the fact that for us to get success we need to do things that we are good at and that is to try and play a bit. Hopefully it is coming through.”

Saturday’s success was a satisfying one for Price, at a venue where Elgin had been beaten on eight of their previous nine visits.

David Goodwillie fired Clyde into an early lead but a sweet left-foot strike by Aberdeen loan striker Bruce Anderson levelled the scores before half-time. Chris McLeish’s neat back header from an Ali Sutherland cross edged Elgin ahead on 58 minutes and centre-back Darryl McHardy’s drive made it 3-1.

Smart Osadolor pulled one back to set up a nervous finish but sub Jordan Allan’s delightful last-minute lob made the points secure for City.

“It was a good win especially after going one down,” said Price. “At the start of the game we got sucked into the physical side and the long ball but we adapted better as the game went on.

“We just told the players they had to concentrate on how we are playing and they managed to overcome it through being brave and trying to play football through it.”

Price praised former Inverness Caley Thistle winger Ali Sutherland for his contribution.

He said: “He’s done well again, set up a couple of goals and I’m pleased for him because he’s had to be patient and is now fulfilling his potential.”

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