ACADEMY coach David McCallum was thrilled with the response of his players in this afternoon’s 3-0 win over Dunfermline at Auchenhowie.

Following Monday’s 3-0 reverse to Partick Thistle, McCallum revealed the under-20s side were given a number of areas to improve on, and he was delighted to see them step up to the plate.

Speaking after the game to, McCallum said: “Our performance more than merited that result today. We had set the boys a few challenges this week that we wanted them to achieve following the disappointment of Monday, and they more than matched that.

“We asked them to move the ball quicker, to switch it if the opportunity was on for us and basically look to play forward, and I think that showed in our performance.

“Patience was another word we used. We expect a lot of the ball in a lot of the games we play, and it’s about the boys realising that they can’t score a goal every time they have got the ball.

“There are times where they have to bring it back out, and find a different way of going forward. You see that at different points in the first-team too.”

Jordan Gibson’s strike from the edge of the area got the ball rolling before half-time, and then a Cammy Gill own-goal when he threw a Ross Lyon corner into his own net followed before Scott Roberts sealed the points late-on.

McCallum, who took charge of the 20s in the absence of Ian Durrant who was attending to a personal matter, added: “Just on half-time was a great time to get that goal. It changed the mood in the dressing room at that points, and Jordan did really well.

“It settled us down and allowed us to play a bit more freely in the second period.

“The second goal was fortunate, although it was a great delivery from Ross Lyon that gave them a problem they had to deal with, and on that occasion they didn’t.

“Scotty’s goal for the third was equally as good as Jordan’s in terms of the individual part of it. He’s good at dribbling and taking people on, and then he had the calmness to pass it into the net.”

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