Coach John Sludden has issued a rallying call for everyone at the club to “keep together” as the team aims to make up for recent disappointments, including the 1-0 weekend defeat at Spartans.
The defeat still leaves the team sitting in fifth place behind leaders East Kilbride but the Shire boss insists nothing has changed in terms of the aims and ambitions that were set before the season started.
In response to the inevitable questions about the team being able to win the Lowland League title from their current position, John had this to say :
“Right from the start everyone at the club knew we had no divine right to win the Lowland League and go straight back up. We always knew it was going to be tough; we knew that right from the word go. But we just have to keep together, work together, help each other and that means everybody.
“We get ready to go again on Saturday. We want to win on Saturday and if we show that attitude, effort and work rate and add to that what we have been doing going forward then we can’t ask for much more.”
The coach was pleased with an overall much better defensive display from his players but conceded they could have done more in an offensive sense. After a bright opening half hour in which Shire hit the crossbar and had two shots cleared off the line, the second half did not produce as much attacking play, although David Grant did have one great opportunity to score with just three minutes left.
“They had a wee spell in the second half, which is going to happen. They are the home team but we dealt with it and became stronger. Granty’s one, on other days that would go in for us, and it’s just unfortunate it went just the other side of the post.
“At that point we would have taken the draw but it’s just sloppy play from us that has cost us.”
While some have argued about the merits of the penalty award which won the game, the coach did not wish to make an issue of it.
“I have no qualms with the penalty,” he said. “Our boy’s made an honest attempt to get the ball. It’s the play leading up to it when we let the ball come into the box and it’s our concentration that’s cost us.”
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