It’s time to raise your game, lads
Harvey frustrated by players’level of performance
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.”
Glens stars Brian Eadie and Paul Doyle with the advertising boarding of Glencairn’s new sponsor, R&B Disco
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