Coughlin demands improvement to Berwick's disciplinary record

Berwick Rangers visit league leaders Forfar on Saturday without the suspended Steven Notman and Steven Thomson.

Wednesday, 9th November 2016, 8:57 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:29 pm
Berwick Rangers boss John Coughlin.

The pair were both given their marching orders in last weekend’s draw with Cowdenbeath, making it four red cards in the last four league games.

Boss John Coughlin admitted: “Our disciplinary record is poor. You’ve got to keep a level head. It’s something I’m on about to the players all the time.

“You’ve got to look at the knock-on effect. We’ve now got to go to Forfar without two players who would be in my starting eleven every week and we’re short enough already.

“We started the Cowdenbeath match with McKinlay and McKenna who were injured and both struggled through the game to the point where we had to take Michael off.

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“Indiscipline is costing us big time. The players need to keep a cooler head.

“In my day I would probably have been in the middle of it myself, but I’ve got to take a different stance now. I’m dependent on my players being there.”

His frustrations were heightened by the decent first half showing against Cowdenbeath.

“I thought we had a good shape with McKinlay and McKenna coming back in and looked powerful with good pace in the team but now we’re back to square one,” he said. “We just can’t seem to get off the bit.

“But I reiterate a lot of it is our own doing. We have to be calmer in those situations and deal with them better.

“We’ve got two tough games away from home now. Our away record has been decent, our home record has to be improved. We haven’t won here since Annan (on the opening day).

“We’re not losing games but I keep tell the players that one point isn’t enough to keep us in the top four.”