Boss felt side were wor­thy of a point

Doyle con­cedes team were off-form

Rutherglen Reformer - - Clyde - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rangers co­man­ager John Doyle felt his side were wor­thy of a draw on Satur­day.

The side were downed by a late Ross­vale strike, which con­demned John and co- man­ager Paddy Flan­nery to the first league de­feat of their reign at Somervell Park.

John con­ceded that the Lang didn’t have a good day at the of­fice, as their goalscor­ing threat was nul­li­fied on a dull, drab day.

John said: “We didn’t play well and never won the bat­tles. You need to win them to earn the right to win, and we didn’t do that.

“We never re­ally got to grips with the game from the start, and we didn’t re­ally cre­ate any goalscor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. We were get­ting the ball into their box, but in terms of chances, it was quite quiet.

“I thought we had quite a lot of pos­ses­sion, and we were get­ting it into the last third, but we didn’t re­ally do any­thing with it.

“When we did get the ball in, there was no one there to take the chances. We had balls go­ing across the face of the goal, and it just wasn’t a good one for us.

“To be hon­est, I thought the game looked like it had 0-0 writ­ten all over it, but it just wasn’t to be.”

John was keen to praise keeper Andy Fin­ni­gan.

He said: “Andy was play­ing with a slight in­jury and he did well for us through­out the game.

“He tried to throw the ball clear late on, their player cut it out and that led to the cor­ner which they scored from, but we can’t blame him for it.

“What is frus­trat­ing is that we just didn’t step up and stamp our game all over them.

“Ross­vale are a team on form, as they are up there chal­leng­ing and have now gone top of the ta­ble.”

John also be­lieves that los­ing isn’t the end of the world as it light­ens the pres­sure on the side.

He ex­plained: “If you’re on an un­beaten run, that’s all some peo­ple want to talk about - they start to ask how many games you can get on your run, or if you can go the whole sea­son un­beaten.

“That ’ s an un­nec­es­sary pres­sure, and while we’re not happy about los­ing, it does take a lot of pres­sure off the boys.

“The good thing is we’re still up there, and we’re now sec­ond in the ta­ble.

“We’re not a mil­lion miles away from go­ing back to the top, and could do if re­sults go in our favour.

“There’s still an aw­ful lot of games to be played, and no one ever wins pro­mo­tion in Novem­ber.

“Other teams are go­ing to im­prove, and we have seen sides that are more than ca­pa­ble of tak­ing points off oth­ers.

“There will be no com­pla­cency here, as we know we’ll need to keep work­ing hard to get wins.

“As long as we are at the top of the ta­ble, we will be happy, and hope­fully can put a good run to­gether that will see us across the fin­ish­ing line.

“Our tar­get this year has al­ways been win­ning pro­mo­tion - any­thing else would come as a bonus.”

In the thick of it Si­mon Mar­riott in ac­tion for the Lang

Be­tween the sticks Lang keeper Andy Fin­ni­gan

Frus­tra­tion Paddy Flan­nery (left) and John Doyle

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