4 - 4
4 - 4
League (First Division)
1. Paul Mathers
2. Ray Farningham
3. John McQuillan
4. Kevin Bain
5. Noel Blake
6. Jim Duffy
7. George Shaw
8. Morten Wieghorst
9. Paul Tosh
10. Gerry Britton
11. Jim Hamilton
12. Mike Teasdale
14. Mark Hutchison
Mike Teasdale for Gerry Britton
G. H. Simpson (Peterhead) (Referee)
|Paul Mathers (GK)||-||2||-||127||-|
|Mike Teasdale (sub)||-||5||-||10||-|
No league table has been added for this season.
To put it mildly, we have hit a an inconsistent patch.
We went about the task of eliminating Arbroath from the B & Q Cup in a thoroughly professional manner and played within ourselves. No disrespect to the Gayfield side, but we were able to achieve this without Morten Wieghorst, Neil McCann and Dusan Vrto and we don't have the biggest squad in the world. None-the-less it was pleasing to go through with a comfortable victory.
For the visit to Somerset Park, I was able to recall Morten Wieghorst and Dusan Vrto, but some of the bad habits which have haunted us recently returned to haunt us as we defended badly again.
The players must accept responsibility for this. They were honest enough to admit their mistakes after the game, but by then the damage had been done. The defence were caught ball watching and by not getting on the at the back and making passes out of defence and trying to knock the ball long, we simply played into Ayr's hands.
There is no magic wand I can wave by bringing new players into the side, but competition for places shouldn't be sole motivating factor. We have good enough players here and the carrot of regaining our Premier status should be sufficient motivation for them. I see competition for places as an option for the manager, not for the players!
Concentration must therefore be the name of the game for the rest of the season. Positional changes may be needed to bring home to do this, but being omitted from the team will be the ultimate sanction if players are not motivated enough to help us regain our Premier position.
Dunfermline, our visitors, this afternoon have surprised me and others this season. They did really well last season and must have been. very disappointed not to have gone up. However, and all credit to Bert Paton and Dick Campbell, they have put that disappointment behind them and have worked very hard.
The result is that they are the team to beat. It should be a decent game and they'll carry a good support. In addition we have been at our best against the better sides so far this season and the players can need no greater motivation than trying to topple the side leading division.