Little: Performance must be used as a ‘building block’

Manager Ian Little says the squad must use Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Cumbernauld Colts as a ‘building block to better performances’ between now and the end of the season.

Following a run of three games against East Kilbride, BSC Glasgow and East Stirlingshire that had seen the ‘Gers concede 11 goals, Little implemented a change in shape for the match and was rewarded with a solid defensive display that resulted in the team’s first clean sheet of 2020. 

While clearly happy with the clean sheet, Little praised the side’s overall performance in what were difficult conditions for both sides as the match took place in the midst of Storm Dennis.

“We stripped things right back to basics this week in training and the boys adapted really well to the change in shape,” he said. “We looked more comfortable in and out of possession and more solid in defence and midfield, with Sean Brennan not really having a save to make.”

“We encouraged the players to move the ball quicker and get it forward at every opportunity to our front line and support them at the right moments in the game. As a result, we created more chances in the game and went close on a few occasions.”

Given the number of chances created and what he felt was a good shout for a penalty, the management team left Broadwood a little disappointed that the ‘Gers didn’t take all three points – but Little hopes the performance can set the benchmark for the team’s seven remaining Lowland League games.

“Overall, we completed a lot of good play in the game and with a little rub of the green, we would have taken all three points.

“It was a good, solid performance from the team and it’s important now that we must use this as a building block to better performances between now and the end of the season.”