The following match report and quotes piece were published in the Cumbernauld News on Tuesday 4 April 2017.
Clyde now sit precariously close to the basement of League Two after they suffered a 1-0 defeat against their bottom-placed opponents at Central Park.
Dale Carrick’s goal shortly after half-time was enough to pull Cowdenbeath to within a point of the Bully Wee and means Clyde, who began the season with aspirations of promotion, now have five matches left to avoid a play-off at the opposite end of the table.
Goalkeeper Kyle Gourlay made his first start for the away side, as did fellow Dundee loanee Kerr Waddell. David Goodwillie, despite being the most high-profile of the week’s signings, had to make do with a place on the bench.
Jordan McMillan was a late addition to take back three after Chris Smith pulled up injured in the warm-up.
Cowdenbeath dominated the first half, with David Syme and Kris Renton wasting opportunities to test Gourlay.
Before all that, Clyde threatened when it took a last-ditch tackle from Gerry McLaughlin to prevent David Gormley. And the away side finished the half with the best opportunity of the opening period when Gormley showed quick-thinking to feed Phil Johnston, but the wingback was denied by the feet of goalkeeper Jamie Sneddon.
The game’s only goal came seven minutes after the interval. Waddell, who otherwise put in a decent shift, failed to connect with the ball and his fresh air swipe allowed the busy Carrick to race in behind for a one-on-one and tuck it away.
Clyde threw on Ryan Finnie, Scott Ferguson and, latterly, David Goodwillie in an attempt to rescue something from the game. The former Dundee Untied striker showed some clever touches though was restrained expertly by McLaughlin.
The only real chance Clyde could muster in the closing stages fell to Martin McNiff, who rocketed a fine volley that was expertly pushed round the post by Jamie Sneddon.
As the players left the field, a section of the sizeable Clyde support, who had been in great voice until late in the game, expressed their anger towards their side.
Next up for Clyde is a home tie against third-placed Annan on Saturday, April 8.
McGovern: Supporters have a role to play
Clyde co-interim manager John Paul McGovern said the supporters will have a big part to play in the club’s bid to stay in League Two, but insists the players must reciprocate after defeat to Cowdenbeath left them one point off the bottom of the table
The Clyde faithful turned up in their numbers and were vocal in their support from the off. They did, however, become increasingly frustrated towards the end.
“I think they can be an advantage, definitely,” he said. “I think it’s always good to have good fans but we need to give them plenty to shout about in a positive manner, and that can help.
“Our main motto is we are in this together, and that really has to come to the front [*note* he said front here but meant fore]. Even more so now with the position we are in.
McGovern was full of praise for the two Dundee loanees Kyle Gourlay and Kerr Waddell making their debuts.
When asked about the controversial signing of David Goodwillie, McGovern responded that the decision was purely based on what he contribute on the field.
“It’s just purely down to football, it’s a football decision for us and I wouldn’t like to talk about anything else to do with that,” he said.
“I think it’s purely down to football, we think he can add something to the team with the experience he’s got and with the level he has played at, we’d like to think he’ll come in and do a good job.”