Management thoughts on losing our proud record.

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Mike says –

“I got out of a two day sick bed still feeling under the weather to go down to the Academy last night and after the game went back to my bed, sick. This morning I feel different, this morning I feel pride.

Don’t get me wrong, no one likes losing a game they are leading. No one likes losing a game that can win them a league. No one likes losing a game in the 90th minute. No one likes losing a game of football. I repeat a lot of things. I repeat a lot of things to the players and most of the time I know they know what’s coming. One of the things I say is “It isn’t easy winning a game of football, it isn’t easy winning cups, it isn’t easy winning leagues.”

I started managing in the EOS in 1992 and apart from a short spell in charge at Meadowbank I’ve been here ever since. In that time I had one or two magnificent sides at Rosewell and Sam and I have had a couple of similar teams at Spartans.  Did any of these teams achieve what our current team have achieved? – no siree. This current squad of players remained unbeaten to a non league Senior side since November 2009 – 18 months. They never lost a domestic game in the whole of 2010. That record went in the 90th minute last night. Sam and I are proud of each and every one of them.

As for the game itself we can have no complaints. We didn’t defend at two corners – end of. Did Cloudie’s sending off change the game? It probably did but he stays up the park at corners and we had 10 back when Whitehill scored both their goals. Did 4 games in 9 days including a cup final and two lots of extra-time affect us? It probably did but Whitehill have played 4 games in 10 days. Did we miss Alex and Omar? We probably did but they stand on the posts at corners.

Rab Paget has completed a double over us – OK it’s an 18 month double but double it is. His team gave their all last night and got the breaks when it mattered. The demise of the Rosewell club is not premature but grossly overstated. They are still a team to be reckoned with.

We will lick our wounds and concentrate on Saturday. We lost a game of football and our record last night but nothing else. The league is still there to be won and so are a few other pieces of silverware. On Thursday we’ll concentrate on Easthouses – after going over defensive corners of course.”


Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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