It’s time to raise your game, lads

Har­vey frus­trated by play­ers’level of per­for­mance

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Dou­glas Dickie

Wil­lie Har­vey reck­ons his Glen­cairn squad are play­ing within them­selves.

Glens made it three draws from their open­ing four league games at home to Greenock on Satur­day.

Oddly, the re­sult ac­tu­ally saw the Glens leap five places in the league, and they have lost just once in seven matches.

But the gaffer is keen for them to up their game: “We are play­ing at a cer­tain level right now, but we are not get­ting above that.

“We’re match­ing teams, but we’re not sur­pass­ing them. We’re play­ing within our­selves.

“We’ve not re­ally stepped up through the gears by mak­ing chances, by press­ing the op­po­si­tion high up the park. We’re just play­ing to a stan­dard level.

“It’s some­thing we’re go­ing to work hard at.

“It’s an­noy­ing be­cause I feel the only game we didn’t de­serve to win was Cum­ber­nauld, which I ad­mit we de­served to lose.

“The other three games, we should have won. We should be sit­ting on nine points in third place.

“What peo­ple are tend­ing to for­get is we’ve only lost one game in seven, which is not a bad record.

“It’s good to see the play­ers an­gry at that record, but it’s al­right be­ing an­gry; you ac­tu­ally have to make sure you im­prove.”

Wil­lie ad­mit­ted he had some sym­pa­thy for his de­fence on Satur­day as Glens once again dropped points from a win­ning po­si­tion, draw­ing 1-1 at home with Greenock.

He said: “De­fen­sively, we’re look­ing strong.

“We’ve only lost one goal from open play and that was on Satur­day.

“The mid­field is get­ting messed around just now with in­juries and hol­i­days, it’s not re­ally set­tled.

“I felt a bit sorry for the de­fence. I think they should have been able to con­cede that goal and us still win the game.

“The goal we lost was avoid­able. Adam Shaw is caught ball watch­ing and that’s an­noy­ing be­cause up un­til then he had a very good game.

“That seems to be the way of it right now, he makes one mis­take and is cru­ci­fied for it.

“As I said on Satur­day, we are a team and all the com­po­nent parts have got to do their job. “I’m still con­fi­dent go­ing for­ward.” Glens are out of ac­tion this week­end due to the Scot­tish Ju­nior Cup, but have or­gan­ised a friendly match tonight (Wed­nes­day) against Larkhall at the Clyde Gate­way Sta­dium (7pm).

Wil­lie said: “We don’t need to re­group, so we would have rather played on Satur­day.

“There’s only so much you can do in train­ing. It’s all very good turn­ing it on in train­ing, it doesn’t mat­ter if you don’t carry that over to a Satur­day.

“We’ve ar­ranged a game for Wed­nes­day (tonight) and then we’ll give the play­ers the week­end off and give them a breather.”

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With Greenock press­ing, the open­ing goal came against the run of play just short of the hour. Mark Tait was the ar­chi­tect as he took con­trol of the ball and then sent a de­light­ful re­verse pass into the path of a trade­mark run from deep by Mark Batch­e­lor, who pro­duced a calm, lobbed fin­ish.

There was a blow for Glens in the 62nd minute when Fraser limped off with a ham­string strain, and he was re­placed wide on the left by Mark McCarry.

Glen­cairn didn’t hold the lead for long, as Greenock fired back level in the 63rd when Munro took ad­van­tage of a mis­take by Dougie Shaw and slot­ted past Hutchi­son.

Greenock were re­duced to 10men when Si­mon McBride picked up a sec­ond book­ing but de­spite the man ad­van­tage, Glens couldn’t find a win­ner. De­fence Andy Neil heads clear dur­ing another strong per­for­mance

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