Boss felt side were worthy of a point
Doyle concedes team were off-form
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