‘Ter­ri­ble’ end to un­beaten streak McColl blasts play­ers’ per­for­mances as run ru­ined

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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