Harvey hails his strong defence
But ref’s controversial rulings are criticised
Rutherglen Glencairn manager Willie Harvey praised his defence after they claimed their first clean sheet since the first game of the season.
The Glens won 1-0 away to Shotts Bon Accord to lift them out of the relegation zone.
Mark Duffy scored the only goal of the game, his fifth in five matches, to give his side all three points at Hannah Park.
Despite claiming their second win of 2016, Glencairn will also be delighted at not conceding a goal in a match for the first time since their 0-0 draw with Blantyre Victoria in August last year.
When asked if his side deserved the win on the day, Harvey said: “Absolutely, 100 per cent.
“It was very pleasing on Saturday. I was on holiday the week before and, from the report I got back, we did well and we played just as good against Shotts as we did against Yoker, where we won 4-1.
“Someone told me that that was our first clean sheet since the start of the season. It’s sort of scary but it sums up the problems that we were having.
“The fact we have kept them out is pleasing and it was good to get a clean sheet.
“It’s credit to the defence. We had young Josh McCorry in at right back, who had a good game. He has came in from the under-21s.
“We’ve had a lot of injuries but there is great work being done with the under-21s and we are able to call on them when needed.
“They train alongside the senior squad so when they come into the team on a Saturday they don’t look out of place. They know each other and a lot of the senior players look after the younger ones, which is great to see.”
Harvey was impressed by the playing surface at Hannah Park, which allowed his team to play their natural game.
However, the Glens felt as though they could have won by more after having three goals chalked off by the linesman’s flag.
“We dominated the game and could have won by more,” Harvey said.
“Our keeper didn’t have too many saves to make but we were put under pressure towards the end which is to be expected.
“We had three goals ruled out but I definitely thought two of them should have stood.
“The playing surface was tremendous. Credit has to go to the Shotts’ ground staff.
“It was a great three points and it lifts us out of the relegation zone.”
Glencairn have failed to win at home all season but the manager said there is no reason why they cannot bag a win at the Celsius Stadium in the remaining 11 games.
Harvey said: “We play Maybole on Saturday, which will be another difficult game.
“They are a hard working team and I was surprised how very few points they had because they are a good side.
“We beat them last time out but it was a tough game. “They’ll give us a hard game. “There should be no reason why we shouldn’t be able to win at home.
“The park has been in as good condition as it ever has been since I’ve been here.”
We had three goals ruled out but two of them should have stood
Winning strike Mark Duffy scores just before half-time
Clean sheet Rutherglen Glencairn boss Willie Harvey