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On The Spot - Jamie McCunnie

As Broughty Athletic approach their Macron Scottish Junior Cup Quarter Final at Darvel we have sat down with manager Jamie McCunnie for another interview in our On The Spot series.

Hi Jamie, It's a big week for the club with this weekends Scottish Junior Cup Quarter Final at Darvel, how are things looking?

We had a few boys missing last Saturday, thankfully most returned to training on Tuesday night and we managed to have a decent enough session in difficult conditions. Darvel have been kind enough to kept us up to speed on the pitch and if the weather holds up we should have a cup tie at the weekend.

Darvel had you watched on Saturday, have you had chance to have them watched?

Yes I’ve been told the Darvel staff were up to watch the game on Saturday, quite a journey in really difficult conditions, fair play to them for that. We obviously had quite a few boys missing and the weather played a big part in how the game was played so I’m not too sure how much they would have been able to take away. We’ve been fortunate to have them watched twice now and know a fair bit about them and how they like to play. We know we are playing a decent team and will have to be at our best to progress to the next round.

Josh Skelly broke down with what looks like a recurrence of his thigh injury, what's the latest?

Josh is touch and go for the weekend, unfortunately he’s missed parts of this season with injury and it’s been frustrating for him, he’s a boy that loves playing and scoring goals and you can see how desperate he is to get back involved and on the score sheet. From my point of view he a very influential player for us and when he’s playing it offers us a different threat with how direct he is.

It will be one of your biggest games as a manager, how are you feeling?

We are in good form at the moment and I’m confident and happy with the squad of players we now have at the club. As a manager you can take confidence from recent results and we go into this tie quietly confident that we can go through there and come back with a win if we play like we have done recently.

How important is the experience of players like Bryan Duell, Graham Hay and Daryl to the younger players for a game like this.

The experienced boys have been great, on and off the park. It’s good to see them take the younger ones under their wing while also turning out consistent performances.

A special mention has to go to Bryan Duell, he’s scored a lot of important goals for us this season. He came to us in the summer with a point to prove and we have managed to get the best out of him. The boys have created a lot of chances so far this season and he has the knack of being in the right place to put the ball in the back of the net.

Thanks Jamie and good luck for the Quarter Final