Now we are in a go-win sit­u­a­tion

Har­vey ad­mits it’s do-or-die in bat­tle for sur­vival

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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