Bluebirds get lesson from defeat

BLUEBIRDS coach Gary Skinner believes his players will have learnt a lesson after Saturday afternoon’s 2-0 loss to Clinton.

In the only round two Central Queensland Premier League fixture played on the weekend, Bluebirds travelled to Gladstone to take on last year’s grand finalists.

As Skinner expected, Clinton, despite not featuring in round one action a week before, started the match with a flurry.

“We got a bit of a lesson in how to play with intensity,” Skinner said.

“Our start was too slow and from there we had to chase, whereas they were sharp from right from the start.

“The young guys would’ve learned from it.”

Clinton opened their scoring account midway through the first half when Dave Mitchell’s header found the back of the net, while a long-range effort from newcomer Tom Stephens during the second half sealed the win.

Skinner admits his side finally found some form late in the match, however the damage was done by then.

Despite the two goals, Skinner was impressed with goal keeper Andrew Poyser’s effort in goal in only his second Premier League appearance for the side.

“He had a really good game in goal for us. He’s an experienced player who did a really good job of organising the defence,” he said.

Skinner believes Clinton will once again be one of the contenders during the 2011 season, and said he was pleased with his players’ efforts during the match.

“Although I’m disappointed with the result, I’m not disappointed with the effort of individual players,” he said.

Along with Poyser, Nathan Fairleigh impressed in his return to Bluebirds after a season on the sidelines, while brothers Josh and Tim Zimitat “did their selections no harm” with their performances in the match, according to Skinner.

Round 1

Clinton 2 (D Mitchell, T Stephens goals) def Bluebirds 0

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