Pater­son de­mands vic­to­ryin home­tie

Jags de­nied away-day win by lateYoker equaliser

East Kilbride News - - SPORT - Colin Pater­son

Alan Pater­son in­sists this Satur­day’s show­down with Lu­gar Boswell This­tle is a must­win game for his side.

The East Kil­bride This­tle boss wants to build on a promis­ing run of form with three points at the Show­park.

Lu­gar are rock-bot­tom of West Re­gion League One while Jags are hop­ing to break into the top half of the table.

Pater­son will as­sess This­tle’s cam­paign at Christ­mas and de­cide ob­jec­tives from there but is adamant that noth­ing can be achieved with­out be­ing strong on home turf.

He said: “Our home form has been pretty de­cent in our time here and we want that to con­tinue. The prob­lem is the weather but we’re hop­ing that the pitch holds up.

“There have been a lot of freak re­sults in this league so we will not take Lu­gar for granted.

“Christ­mas will be the time when we re­view where we are and have a bet­ter idea on our ca­pa­bil­i­ties. But three points is a must for us on Satur­day if we want to try and do any­thing in this league this sea­son.”

Jags have Ross Smith and Cal­lum McLean back but Jor­dan White and Reece Clarke are in­jury doubts.

Alan Pater­son lifted the lid on his frus­tra­tion af­ter East Kil­bride This­tle threw away a two-goal lead at Yoker Ath­letic on Satur­day.

The Jags looked on course for a ter­rific vic­tory on the road at Holm Park thanks to a goal in each half from Ross Gil­lan.

How­ever, Yoker pulled one back through James Ross and de­spite be­ing down to 10 men, lev­elled with a minute re­main­ing when Gary Biss­land struck.

The home side ended up fin­ish­ing the game with nine men af­ter pick­ing up a sec­ond red card but there was no time for Jags to take ad­van­tage.

In the end, Pater­son’s troops had to set­tle for a share of the spoils with the re­sult leav­ing them in 10th place in West Re­gion League One.

It was cer­tainly a case of what might have been – and boss Pater­son knows they should have re­turned to the Show­park with a fifth league win of the sea­son un­der their belts.

He told the News: “The first half was quite even when we can­celled each other out and I don’t think there was a lot of qual­ity.

“I thought we were play­ing within our­selves so at half-time I asked for a re­sponse and we scored early in the sec­ond half.

“We had chances to score more goals and to close the game out. We had three points in the bag.

“Yoker didn’t re­ally cut us open but when you play against 10 men, you have got to make the ball do the work. We didn’t do that.”

Pater­son added: “It was care­less­ness on our part but over the course of the game, I think a point apiece was a fair out­come.”

Yoker came close to open­ing the scor­ing in the 10th minute but a Steven Howie header was cleared off the line by Scott Gille­spie.

At the other end, a Gil­lan header from on-loan East Kil­bride FC de­fender Barry Rus­sell’s free-kick drifted wide.

Jags stepped up a gear and cre­ated a cou­ple of de­cent chances be­fore break­ing the dead­lock five min­utes be­fore the in­ter­val.

A Chris Faulds cross to the back post was knocked down by Matt Gray and Gil­lan was on hand to poke the ball into the net from close range.

Jags dou­bled their lead within two min­utes of the restart when Gil­lan curled the ball into the cor­ner of the net from 25 yards, giv­ing keeper Liam Camp­bell no chance.

That should have been that but Yoker built up a head of steam and made it 2-1 in the 66th minute.

An Al­lan Orr free-kick caused prob­lems in the heart of This­tle’s de­fence as they were un­able to clear the ball and it fell even­tu­ally to Ross whose shot was cru­elly de­flected off Gille­spie, beat­ing Ross Mel­drum at his near post.

Yoker’s task ap­peared to be­come more dif­fi­cult nine min­utes later when An­drew Camp­bell saw red for dis­sent but, in­cred­i­bly, they equalised in the dy­ing min­utes when Biss­land drifted in from the left flank and slot­ted home.

There was time for Yoker’s Greg McBride to be sent for an early bath but lit­tle left for Jags to scram­ble a win­ning goal.

Ex­pec­ta­tion Alan Pater­son

Red alert East Kil­bride This­tle’s play­ers cel­e­brate Ross Gil­lan’s goal. Pic­ture by Mau­reen Lennon

Frus­trated Jags boss Alan Pater­son

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