MAN­AGER BLASTS AP­PALLING DIS­PLAY

Kerr is fu­ri­ous over de­feat

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Dal­beat­tie Star boss Dar­ren Kerr blasted his play­ers af­ter their “ap­palling” dis­play against Gretna 2008 on Satur­day.

The Isle­croft side lost 5-2 in the lo­cal derby and now trail the Ray­dale Park side by eight points.

Kerr was fu­ri­ous with his side and said: “There’s noth­ing more that can be said than it was a sham­bles from the first whis­tle.

“Gretna were far su­pe­rior all over the park, they won ev­ery bat­tle, they won every­thing in the air and it’s not how we’ve played in the last month.

“The only good thing we did in the first half was score a goal and that was against the run of play. We had play­ers go­ing to kick the ball and STU­ART GILLE­SPIE miss­ing it and boys slic­ing the ball out of the park.

“We had a chat at half-time and I didn’t think we could be any worse in the se­cond half than we were in the first but I was proven wrong.

“It’s all well and good turn­ing up against the big­ger teams and not com­ing away with any­thing but we need to be per­form­ing against the teams round about us. We made three slight er­rors against East Kil­bride the week be­fore and were pun­ished. On Satur­day we made lots of er­rors in the first half against Gretna and weren’t pun­ished.

“On an­other day Vin­nie Parker could have saved all five goals but he couldn’t with the way they came into him and that’s noth­ing against Vin­nie.”

Lee Wells’ header from Lewis Sloan’s cross gave Star the lead but the sides were level again when Daniel Smales fired in the equaliser.

And just be­fore the break Gretna took the lead, Jake Smith curl­ing home a free­kick.

Things got worse early in the se­cond half when Smales forced in his se­cond be­fore Stu­art Gray added the fourth.

There was a glim­mer of hope when Ai­den Kerr con­verted Liam Park’s cross but that van­ished when there was a de­fen­sive er­ror and Kevin Con­nelly scored.

Although crit­i­cal of his play­ers, Kerr also felt key de­ci­sions went against his team.

He ex­plained:“We were ap­palling – but we weren’t helped by the of­fi­cials. For the third goal their boy is stand­ing in the mid­dle of the 18 yard box and scored.The lines­man says it came off a Gretna player but it wasn’t him and the ref­eree sad it didn’t come off a Gretna player. Our play­ers went bal­lis­tic.

“The of­fi­cials aren’t why we lost but if it had only been 2-1 then you don’t know what could hap­pen. “An­other big de­ci­sion was when Lewis Sloan was the vic­tim of vi­o­lent con­duct and the lines­man said he’d turned away and didn’t see it. The ref­eree said he did see it but it was only a yel­low card. How can that be? As­sault is as­sault.

“We had al­ready had to de­lay kick-off as the ref­eree didn’t turn up un­til five past three due to his work and maybe that dis­rupted us. Surely if he wants to be a ref­eree he should be there at two o’clock?

“That’s not why we lost, we were lit­tle boys against the men of Gretna. Stu­art Rome has win­ners in his team and they are ag­gres­sive but in a fair man­ner.”

Star now need to re­group for Satur­day’s game with Cum­ber­nauld Colts as they bid to avoid the Low­land League drop.

They’re five points above bot­tom sideWhite­hill Wel­fare but have two games in hand.

Kerr said:“There will be changes.There were three boys who didn’t get on on Satur­day who’ll feel they should get a chance.

“We can’t af­ford any more per­for­mances like we Satur­day be­tween now and the end of the sea­son – if we do there’s only one way we’ll be go­ing.

“We played Cum­ber­nauld not that long ago and they are a good side.They were beaten by East Kil­bride but they have some qual­ity play­ers, although they are a dif­fer­ent side on grass to As­tro­turf and their re­sults show that.”

Star are hop­ing striker Ben Irv­ing will have re­cov­ered from the flu along with de­fender RossThom­son who had to go off at half-time at Ray­dale. GoalieVin­nie Parker is strug­gling with a knock.

And they are also in ne­go­ti­a­tions with Darvel to turn the loan deal of Al­lan Jenk­ins into a per­ma­nent con­tract. If not, Satur­day’s derby de­feat will be the ex­pe­ri­enced mid­fielder’s last game for Star.

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Sham­bles Star de­feat was de­scribed as “ap­palling”

De­feat Gretna came out win­ners by five goals to two on Satur­day at Ray­dale.

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