‘We should be league lead­ers’

Har­vey frus­trated with two points out of six

Rutherglen Reformer - - GLENCAIM - Dou­glas Dickie

Wil­lie Har­vey reck­ons his Glen­cairn play­ers de­serve to be sit­ting top of the league with max­i­mum points.

Glens picked up only their sec­ond point of the sea­son on Satur­day when a won­der free-kick robbed them of a vic­tory when Yoker vis­ited New Southcroft.

It was a sec­ond game in a row Glens had cre­ated enough chances to win two games, and Wil­lie cut a frus­trated fig­ure af­ter­wards.

But he had no com­plaints about his play­ers, say­ing: “We should be sit­ting on six points, with­out a doubt.

“I can’t fault the play­ers, they have been out­stand­ing over the last two weeks and but for a wee bit of luck in front of goal, we could even be top of the league.

“We should have taken a few off Blan­tyre and should have won by a cou­ple on Satur­day.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the free­kick de­ci­sion. Paul Doyle has won the ball and stood his ground. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fan­tas­tic free-kick, but it was a poor de­ci­sion.”

While the Glens haven’t quite hit the ground run­ning in front of goal, de­fen­sively they have been solid in the two games so far.

They also added midfielder Alan Muir to the squad be­fore last week’s game. Muir ar­rives hav­ing spent the past four years at Arthurlie.

Wil­lie was quick to praise the craft pro­vided by the new boy and also said he felt the mix of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth had led to an im­prov­ing de­fence: “In the first few games ( of the league cup) the de­fence never re­ally got a chance to set­tle. “We’ve had this de­fence to­gether for three weeks. We’ve got two very ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers in the cen­tre in Andy Neil and Paul Doyle. At right back we’ve got Adam Shaw who’s just come up from the 21s and has been out­stand­ing and Jonny Boal at left-back looks re­freshed, and I think that has a lot to do with hav­ing Tony Fraser in front of him, talk­ing to him all the time.

“Alan Muir is a ter­rific player, I thought he was man of the match on Satur­day. He and Dean Muir were su­perb, Dean bossed it and Alan gave us cre­ativ­ity but he is also very, very strong.”

One player who didn’t start on Satur­day was Chris Zok, and he’ll be even more ea­ger to play this week­end when Glens travel to his old club Cum­ber­nauld.

United have en­dured a mis­er­able start to the sea­son, but Wil­lie warned his side against com­pla­cency: “I know for a fact they have had play­ers miss­ing.

“It cost us the league cup sec­tion, we thought be­cause Cam­bus­lang had lost 8-1 to Blan­tyre we just had to turn up and take five or six off them.

“This week is all about drum­ming into the play­ers to take noth­ing for granted.

“We don’t know what team will play, whether it’s their first team or if they’re still short. We can just con­cen­trate on get­ting our first three points.”

The home side started the sec­ond pe­riod as they fin­ished the first. Camp­bell made a fine save from McLaugh­lin’s long-range shot.

Yoker did start to threaten and Hutchi­son was forced into a save from Ar­buckle and in 74 min­utes Crerand headed wide.

Yoker needed some­thing spe­cial and they found it in 80 min­utes when the ref blew for a foul against Paul Doyle de­spite the de­fender seem­ing to win the ball.

Martin Hardie was just on the park, but his dip­ping 25-yard free kick found the net to stun the home side.

Neil had to clear off his own goal line and with prac­ti­cally the last kick of the game, Tony Fraser skipped past a few chal­lenges but shot straight at Camp­bell. Ruther­glen Glen­cairn: Hutchi­son, Shaw, Boal, Doyle, Neil, Dean Muir, Brown (McGuire), Alan Muir, McLaugh­lin (Zok), Tait (Cullen), Fraser. Sub not used: Mas­traszek (GK). Heads Dean Muir has brought sta­bil­ity to the mid­field

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