Har­vey hails his strong de­fence

But ref’s con­tro­ver­sial rul­ings are crit­i­cised

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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