‘Nothing less than an embarrassment’
Star boss rages at performance after defeat
Darren Kerr blasted his “shocking” Dalbeattie Star players after they were thumped by Whitehill Welfare on Saturday.
The Midlothian club had yet to register a Lowland League point this season but put that right with a 3-0 win.
Kerr said: “It was shocking. It was a bad day, it wasn’t one individual it was the whole team, right from the first minute.
“It was nothing less than an embarrassment and it’s one of the worst performances since I took charge.
“You can’t play like that against anyone in this league. I can’t put my finger on why it happened.
“We were missing Lee Wells and Vinnie Parker and I don’t know if that’s what was behind it as they’re big characters.
“In the first minute Greig Thorburn, who is Mr Reliable, misplaced a pass and it seemed to filter through the team.”
Gregg Meikle put Whitehill in front midway through the first half, the second coming when Kyle Mitchell rounded the trialist keeper to score just after the interval.
The bad day was capped in the final minute when Liam McIntosh rounded off the scoring.
There will be clear-the-air talks this week as Star bid to avoid a repeat display in Saturday’s local derby with Gretna 2008 at Islecroft.
Kerr said: “The players owe the club a performance after that and they have a point to prove. It will be difficult against Gretna as Davie Irons will have them fired up and they’re always well organised and hard to break down.
“We need to get a result, even this early in the season. We’ll welcome Liam and Vinnie back and hopefully that will make a difference.”
Star are entering a run of four successive home games, one of which will see them host Lowland League rivals Kelty Hearts in the first round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday, September 22.
Kerr added: “It’s a home draw and they’ll probably bring a big support with it being the Scottish.
“It’s not impossible to win the game, we’ve already played them so we know what they’ll be about. We’ll have them watched a few times before we play them, but the focus at the moment is on this weekend.”