League is still the focus despite heavy Talbot loss
Cambuslang Rangers manager Paul McCo l l admitted that promotion is now the priority for the club after suffering a heavy 5-0 cup defeat to Auchinleck Talbot.
The Somervell Park outfit gift wrapped three of the Ayrshire men’s five goals in the West of Scotland last 16 tie on Saturday.
McColl’s men were three down by the 25 minute mark and were left with very little options on the bench as they only had one fit substitute.
The gaffer however praised his team’s spirit and work-rate following the defeat which was their fifth in seven games.
He said: “We had twelve men and two of them got injured.
“Two players were cup tied, two were working and two were injured so there’s not a lot you can do.
“You need to have a full squad to go down to Auchinleck if you are to have any chance.
“We actually didn’t play that bad. It was the stupid errors that cost us.
“They all gave 100 per cent and that’s all I can ask of them.
“I am disappointed with the scoreline because I didn’t feel it reflected how the game went.
“We had a lot of the ball and we had a few chances.
“I said to them after the game that they had tried their hardest but we probably could have passed the ball a bit better.
“They got a quick goal and they were relentless after that.
“The game is out of the way now and we need to focus on the league.”
It was double disappointment for McColl on Saturday as wins for Forth, Gartcairn and Port Glasgow enabled The Lang to slip down into fourth spot.
Nine points from their remaining three games is the target for McColl and he knows they can not afford any more slip ups going into the final stages of the season.
“We need to get a win on Saturday and we don’t want to be relying on other teams,” he added.
“I think if we win our last three matches then that should be enough to go up.
“We can’t afford to lose anymore games.
“Forth are probably the favourites to win the league but to be honest, anyone could win it if someone slips up.
“Newmains on Saturday will not be an easy game. If they go on a run then they could be right in the race as well because they have a few games in hand.
“They have some decent players and are a good side but hopefully we’ll have a few players back for that match.”
Cambuslang Rangers ran out 3-1 winners the last time the two teams met in the league on the first day of the season.
McColl’s side go into Saturday’s fixture at Victoria Park having only won two of their last six league encounters.
Auchinleck Talbot booked their place in the last eight of the West of Scotland Cup with a bit to spare as they breezed past Cambuslang Rangers at Beechwood.
It took the home side just four minutes to take the lead. Love raced to the byline down the right and whipped a cross over to the back post. Gillies brought it down and hit a shot on target which Lynch did well to save but Young was there to tuck the rebound away.
Three minutes later Shankland’s curling effort from a tight angle had the‘keeper well beaten but came back off the face of the bar.
Talbot continued to control the game and doubled their lead in the 19th minute.
Gillies bent a curling effort from the left, just outside the area, toward the far corner which should have been stopped by Lynch but the ball skipped off the surface just in front of the‘keeper and squirmed over his trailing arm into the back of the net.
Any dream of a Cambuslang fight back ended in the 24th minute when Lyle knocked a good cross over that Shankland Writing’s on the wall Gillies starts Talbot’s first attack
gathered just beyond the far post. He angled it back into the area where Young coolly stepped over the ball and his dummy allowed Pope the time and space to fire a low drive past Lynch.
Cambuslang should have pulled a goal back in the 36th minute. Ryan Scanlan won a corner down the left and when it was delivered into the centre, Newman met it unchallenged but sent his free header straight at Leishman.
In the 53rd minute Cambuslang gift wrapped Talbot’s fourth. Newman looked to be in control as he tried to shield it back to Lynch, but he left it to the‘keeper and Gillies nicked in to take advantage of their mix-up to steer it into the empty net.
With ten minutes to go Talbot completed the scoring with a perfectly executed counter-attack. McCracken hit a long ball to Love who cut the ball back to Hyslop and he placed a great finish past Lynch to make it 5-0. Narrow defeat Archie Durie and Jimmy Stewart with Sohaib Mohammed
League focus Paul McColl wants players’ eyes on promotion