It wasn't good enough, fumes frustrated boss

Berwick Rangers manager John Coughlin couldn't help but show his frustration after his side were held to a 2-2 draw in their basement clash against East Stirlingshire at Shielfield on Saturday.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 08 February, 2016, 16:03
Berwick Rangers vs Clyde. Berwick's manager John Coughlin in the technical area.

“It simply wasn’t good enough,” he fumed after seeing second-from-bottom Rangers forced to share the points with the team beneath them.

“There is a reason why we are where we are in the league, and I have told the players that the table doesn’t lie.

“I let them know in no uncertain terms what my feelings were after the game,” said the boss, nicknamed Coff.

“I think I must have taken the paint off the walls.

“We took a point from the game, but that was not what we were looking for.

“After the start we made, it feels like a defeat, because we should have been at least two goals up inside the first five minute,s and it would have been a different game after that.”

Rangers opened the scoring through on-loan Jordan McGregor after only two minutes, but two missed chances in the next three minutes were to prove costly.

Two goalkeeping errors – one at either end – led to two further goals, but just a minute after going 2-1 ahead in the second half, Rangers lost possession and conceded a second equaliser.

“In the situation we are in, we cannot suffer fools gladly,” he said. “That’s why I hooked Michael McKenna straight away. It was a cardinal sin.

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“What we need is players who can make the right decisions in situations like that.”

Rangers face Stirling Albion away on Saturday, and they have three home games, all postponed in January, to rearrange. The first of those, against Annan, will take place next Tuesday.

They also must face Arbroath and Queen’s Park in midweek fixtures at Shielfield, but Coughlin said: “To be honest, I would much rather if they were played away at this moment in time.

“Grass pitches are not doing us any favours at the moment. That’s why it might be better if they were played away on astroturf, but, of course, that’s not going to happen.”

Just two weeks ago, Coughlin called on his players to roll up their sleeves for the fight ahead, but he has yet to see the response he was after.

“If we had won this game, we could have been five points clear at the bottom, and that would have given us some breathing space,” he said. “As it is, the gap is still only two, and we are looking over our shoulder.”

Coughlin has banned his players from using social media to discuss team affairs in the build-up to matches.

“I don’t want them coming out on Facebook or Twitter and letting everyone else know what our team is going to be,” he said.