Management thoughts on a King Cup victory.

Posted on Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Mike says –

” Even before the first sending off I think Sam and I put to bed any conjecture that by changing the starting 11 around we in some way weaken the team. Although we left out Stewart, Archie, Sean and Cloudie we were two up and had missed a penalty before Lothian were reduced to 10 men. The further dismissals killed the game and although we scored some spectacular goals I was more concerned about our players not getting involved with the referee and in saving their energy for the more important league game on Saturday. 

Lothian, who must be sick of the sight of us, have good young players and I’m sure they’ll regroup and finish the season strongly. There is always debating with referees going on and some allow more back chat than others.  In Mr McLennan’s defence I did hear him warning the Lothian management about cutting out the remarks directed to him by players as we walked off at half-time.  The rest is history and we progress to a tie at Rosewell.

For our part we score goals from all over the park as a team. I’ve often been urged by people involved with the club in the past to sign an out and out striker (a goal poacher) and someone way ahead in the goal scoring charts is held up as an example. Although he’s more of a target man or leader of the line than an out and out striker if there’s a player on a better goal scoring run than Keith McLeod at the moment his name must be Wayne Rooney. I’ll remember to check the EOS goal charts at the end of the season.

As I say we score from all over but along with Keith, Gavin is also on fire in front of goal at the moment. Despite playing in midfield or wide most of the time Gav has an eye for a goal and a sweet strike which is second to none at our level. The pair of them have scored three dozen goals between them this season and there’s more to come. 

Recently after scoring 7 goals we’ve struggled to hit the net the following game but I kept that stat quiet between the Crichton and Lothian games. And although the sending offs had a lot to do with it we’ve put that worry to bed and we can all look forward to Preston on Saturday and another vital three points to play for.

I’ll give my thoughts on that game tomorrow.”


Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 20th April
Opponent: Bonnyrigg Rose
Venue:New Dundas Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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