Jags’reward for Junior Cup tie victory is more training
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Alan Paterson has revealed East Kilbride Thistle’s ‘reward’ for their Junior Cup win over Girvan was a series of running drills at training.
The Jags boss led his side to a stunning 3-2 victory over the Super Premier outfit in Ayrshire on October 28, but Paterson has been keen to keep a lid on things with Thistle sitting idle over the weekend.
He told the News: “They were all buzzing at the training session on Thursday and I had to bring them back down to earth with a night of running.
“I don’t think they were too chuffed with that, but we want to keep their feet on the ground.
“The boys are understandably still on a high from the cup win. They answered everything that was asked of them and it was fantastic.
“I don’t think the boys will realise until later in life how big a result it was.
“We’ve shown we are not a million miles away from teams who are playing at the top level.
“Billy and John are still buzzing and they are just as excited as all the players.
“Everyone is just looking forward to getting back on the pitch because it’s tough being off when everyone else is playing.”
This weekend brings more cup action for the Jags, this time in the second round of the West of Scotland Cup when they travel to Shotts.
The Showpark side beat them 4-1 on the opening day of the league season, but Paterson is expecting a much closer contest on Saturday, given Shotts played much of the last contest a man short.
He said: “I’m pretty sure it will be a different game.
“The guy that got sent off was the player we had pinpointed as their main threat, so I’m sure we’ll find a lot more difficult on Saturday.
“I watched Shotts at the start of the season before we played them and they are an experienced outfit.
“They are a good side and play on one of the biggest parks, if not the biggest, in Junior football.
“With the pace we’ve got in the team, though, that could be a big factor. Hopefully, we can make that work for us.
“We know the Junior Cup and the league, especially, are where we want to be pushing on this season, but we won’t take the game lightly.
“The guys are desperate to get out there again.”
Saturday’s clash at Hannah Park is a 2pm kick-off.
Managing expectations Paterson had to bring his players back down to earth