Thistle held to a draw by Leven
EK boss says his side simply failed to get started
Billy Campbell admits his East Kilbride Thistle side never got going on Saturday as they played out a dire 0-0 draw with Vale of Leven.
Chances were few and far between at the Showpark as the Jags were held by third-place Vale of Leven, although Jags keeper Chris Treacy did make a vital save in the dying moments to hold onto the point.
It wasn’t the worst result for Campbell’s men as they chase promotion from the Central District Second Division.
They have several games in hand over the rest of the field and have their destiny in their own hands.
Jags gaffer Campbell told the News: “It wasn’t a great game and, being honest, I didn’t enjoy it at all.
“We created maybe two or three chances each half and it was the same for Vale.
“Nothing really came of anything, but Chris did have a great save at the end.
“Defensively we were very strong, but we just never got going. The team huffed and puffed without getting anywhere.
“We didn’t play poorly, we just couldn’t get momentum because it was just a case of two teams cancelling each other out.
“It’s not a disaster. We’d have preferred a win, but we just have to focus on the games ahead and get what we can out of the remaining matches.”
It’s a huge week ahead for Thistle as they play Ashfield tonight, Carluke on Saturday and then Gartcairn on Monday night.
Campbell added: “Four games in nine days is a tough run, but nobody is complaining because we knew this was coming with the games we’ve had called off.
“When you are trying to put a run together that number of games so close together is not ideal, but we just need to get on with it.
“Liam Sloan and Liam McLaughlin picked up injuries on Saturday and with so many games coming up we’ll need to be careful with them.
“We’ve got the bodies to cover them and we’ll need to make changes over the course of the next week.
“It’s going to be tough mentally and physically for the players.
“On paper is looks like we are in a good place, but it’s going to be a really tough run.”
Kick-off tonight at the Showpark is 6.30pm. Saturday’s clash at Carluke is 2pm, while Monday’s match at home to Gartcairn starts at 6.45pm.
No trouble The Vale keeper makes a comfortable save from an EK attack
On the attack Liam McLaughlin on the ball for Thistle with Alan McFadden in support