‘Terrible’ end to unbeaten streak McColl blasts players’ performances as run ruined
Cambuslang Rangers manager Paul McColl slammed his player’s performance as “terrible” after their unbeaten run of seven games came to an abrupt halt.
The Lang lost 3-1 away to promotion chasing East Kilbride Thistle in a game which saw Lang captain Neil Newman earn a straight red card.
Bob Davidson had cancelled out Alan McFadden’s first-half strike but Cambuslang were only level for three minutes.
Mark Bishop headed Thistle back in front before Liam McLaughlin struck late on to seal the win and complete a miserable day for McColl’s side.
Speaking to the Reformer this week, the Lang gaffer was humble in defeat.
He said: “We just didn’t start the game well and never got into it.
“Our captain was sent off and we didn’t roll the sleeves up to get anything from the game.
“The park was poor but both teams were playing on it, so you can’t blame it on that.
“The referee was shocking and some of his decisions were poor but he wasn’t to blame for the scoreline, so we can’t blame him either.
“East Kilbride were the better team on the day.
“The first goal bounced awkwardly and their striker nipped in to score but the second goal I thought our keeper could have done a bit better at and the third was decent enough.
“East Kilbride are probably the best team we’ve played this season. Their coaches have done a great job there.
“They’ve got some good players. They worked out that Davidson was the danger man and stuck a few guys on him. The park was poor, so it was hard for Jamie Macleod and Nicky Moore to get the ball down and run with it.
“We were terrible from start to finish. I said to the boys after the game that it was a bad performance and it was disappointing for the fans who came to watch us.”
The Lang can take a slight positive from last weekend after title challengers Port Glasgow saw their game postponed and Lanark drew 0-0 with Glasgow Perthshire.
The result meant Cambuslang kept their four-point lead at the top of the Central District Second Division going into Saturday’s match against Gartcairn.
McColl added: “It was our first defeat in eight games, so it was a sore one to take.
“We’ve been good at coming back when we go behind in games, but we just couldn’t do that on Saturday.
“We just need to roll the sleeves up and get it out the system and get a win this weekend.
“Gartcairn are a decent team but we are at home so we’ll look to take advantage of that.
“We’re still top with eight games left and if we win them all we win the league but we must take every game as it comes.”
Keeper’s ball Matt Lynch comes to collect a cross
Skipper sees red Neil Newman was sent off in the second half