Game closer than score sug­gests

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reader Travel -

Cam­bus­lang Rangers co-man­ager John Doyle says his in­jury-rav­aged side were let down by their at­ti­tude on Satur­day.

Although they are car­ry­ing a squad of around 22 play­ers, John and co-boss Paddy Flan­nery are set to dip into the trans­fer mar­ket in a bid to ease the cri­sis that has stripped the side of key play­ers.

The Lang were rav­aged by in­juries and play­ers miss­ing on Satur­day in­cluded Mar­riott, Gaffney, S Eas­ton, Gri­er­son, O’Mal­ley, Fin­ni­gan, and th­ese are play­ers would nor­mally start for the Lang.

On a heavy park, it was a drab first 45 min­utes, with very lit­tle be­ing of­fered by the home side.

How­ever, Lang were awarded a penalty when Cu­sack was hauled down on the hour mark and Paul Burns stepped up to put Lang in front.

But that was as good as it got for the Lang as they con­ceded two goals in four min­utes right after tak­ing the lead.

Shire took cen­tre and ran up the other end and lev­elled be­fore Lang con­ceded pos­ses­sion and Shire made the most by grab­bing another.

While Lang pushed for an equaliser late on they were hit on the counter and lost a third at the death.

Co-man­ager John Doyle said: “This was the com­plete op­po­site of what we wanted.

“We were down to the bare bones, with just 13 play­ers fit, and we had to reshuf­fle the whole mid­field and de­fence, and we had to bring in some guys who weren’t fully fit, so we could get a team on the park.

“In terms of the game, it was 50-50 in the first half, and I was pleased when we got our­selves in front. Un­for­tu­nately, we shot our­selves in the foot straight away and con­ceded two goals pretty much straight away.

“We should have had the strength to hold on for a longer pe­riod of time, and that’s what’s re­ally frus­trat­ing for me. I was very dis­ap­pointed in the guys and their at­ti­tude, as we should have been able to go in front, and then sit in and hold on for at least the next 15 min­utes to de­fend the lead.

“After Perthshire got in front, we changed things around and were play­ing with one at the back as we pushed them back try­ing to get an equaliser.

“Then, in stop­page time, Perthshire broke up­field and got their third, which was re­ally dis­ap­point­ing.

“The score­line looks like it was a pretty clear win for Perthshire, but the game was defin­tiely much closer than the 3-1 sug­gests.

“I’m not say­ing we de­served the win, as Perthshire were the bet­ter team, but if we’d have got the draw we would have stolen a point.

“But the main thing for me was how dis­ap­pointed I was in our at­ti­tude, when we could have done much bet­ter.”

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