‘We should be league leaders’
Harvey frustrated with two points out of six
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