Now we are in a go-win situation
Harvey admits it’s do-or-die in battle for survival
Rutherglen Glencairn manager Willie Harvey admitted that every game is a must-win from now until the end of the season.
The Glens have picked up two victories in the league and have yet to claim all three points at the Celsius Stadium this season.
The home side were 2- 0 up on Saturday thanks to goals from Mark Duffy and Mark Batchelor but Cumbernauld’s Ross Foley reduced the deficit before the interval.
Harvey’s men continued to create chances even after the sending-off of Alan Muir but conceded a 92ndminute penalty that consigned the Glens to another match without a win.
The manager said: “The players were gutted after the game, it felt like a defeat.
“We were disappointed that we didn’t get the three points.
“To lose a penalty in the last minute is hard when it was in a game we dominated for the majority of it.
“We came out of the traps very quickly and we could have been three or four up by half-time. Mark Duffy scored again and I’m pleased, that’s him got two in two now.
“He puts in a hard shift as we’re playing with the lone striker up top and he’s doing a terrific job.
“But a silly mistake cost us the goal before the break and we failed to clear the danger.
“We lost Alan in the second half to a red card but we had chances after we went down to 10 men. At the time of the penalty I didn’t think it was one and even after seeing it again online I still don’t think it is a penalty.
“JC has spread himself which is exactly what a keeper should do in those situations. I thought it was a foul on our keeper because the striker went in to the tackle with his boot up.
“Having said that, I thought they should have had a stonewall penalty before that in the second half.”
The Glens travel to Yoker this weekend in need of three points to keep their chances of survival alive.
The Whe Ho lost 3-1 to Cumnock last Saturday and will be looking to pull away from the relegation zone with a win at Holm Park.
Harvey added: “At the end of the day, we are undefeated in two but the draws are killing us.
“We would be better off losing one game and winning the next one rather than drawing.
“All of the remaining games are must-wins. The way I see it is that we need 21 points but we are aiming to get more than that.
“We are capable of getting those wins, the players believe it and we believe the players can do it.
“We just need to get back on the rails and get a win. Yoker will be fighting for the points as well as ourselves.
“They’ve been clawed back into it and if we win we’ll be right behind them in the table.
“I don’t know too many of their players because they have changed their squad around a bit but they have a young and hard working side.”
Goalkeeper JC Hutchison was in commanding form
Should have been three Glencairn gaffer Willie Harvey