Little thinks ‘Gers could have taken more at Gretna

Boss Ian Little left Raydale Park somewhat frustrated following the ‘Gers 1-1 draw with Gretna 2008. 

The ‘Gers opened the scoring with a header from a corner after 68 minutes, but the lead was short-lived as Gretna’s Dean Watson rescued a point for the home side five minutes later.  

Little said: “Gretna had more control over the game in the first-half, although I do think we defended well and never looked as though we were in too much trouble.

“We didn’t adapt quickly enough to the condition of their pitch or manage to do the basics that we were asking of them, to get the ball forward sharply. 

“It wasn’t really until an hour into the game, when we changed the shape and had introduced Lumsden, Windram and Rose, that we began to play the ball forward quicker and started to create a few chances.”

Hamish Thomson netted Berwick’s goal  midway into the second-half, heading a corner into the back of the net. Little praised the debutant, saying:

“I knew Hamish would add a physical presence at the back and as I mentioned when we signed him, he can be a threat at attacking set-pieces too. He proved that with a goal on his debut, it was a good header and a great delivery from Purves.”

Little was disappointed his side couldn’t go on to secure all three points, continuing: “To take a point away from home on a very difficult pitch did take a lot of effort from the players. 

“But overall, with the chances we created near the end of the game, we definitely should have taken all three points.”

During the game, Kevin Waugh pulled up with an injury and was forced off. Little gave an update on the defender’s condition.

“We pushed Kevin into a wing back role to try encourage him to get into forward areas more and allow us to benefit from his creativity higher up the pitch. Unfortunately he pulled up with a hamstring injury and it looks like he’s set to be out of action for a few weeks, potentially more.”