TURLEY LOOKS FOR BOUNCE BACK
Paisley Pirates coach Ian Turley was in sombre mood after watching his side go down to their first competitive league defeat of the season as they lost 2-1 at Braehead Arena to the Edinburgh Capitals.
“We haven’t really played well in our last three games and I suppose that was always going to catch up with us sooner or later,” he said. “I’m not making excuses for our poor form, but like I’ve said in the past few weeks we’ve been carrying a few knocks, guys have been ill and there have been a few missing training for various reasons, so when you’re not getting the chance to work your way out of any difficulties because you haven’t got a full squad to work with at practice, it makes the job that bit harder.”
“We never really got out of first gear on Sunday, and fair play to Edinburgh, they had a game plan and stuck to it. We simply didn’t compete and that’s unacceptable at any time, but more so when you’re playing in front of your own fans who deserved a lot better than the performance we gave them on Sunday. Looking ahead, I’ll be having a think about who I can rely upon to go through the proverbial brick wall for us between now and the end of the season, as anything less, to be honest, is not going to be good enough.”
He went on, “I know that every other team in the SNL would love to be in our position, top of the league and in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup, and maybe this will act as a wake up call to the team in the sense that they’ve had a reminder that everyone wants to lower our colours. They say that good teams show their mettle when they rise above adversity and get the job done regardless, so it’s up to us, nobody else, to bounce back and show that we’re worthy of that description, because no one’s going to sit back and give us anything because of what we’ve done so far. We’ve got to go to Elgin on Saturday, which has been a testing fixture for us in recent years, so maybe we’ll find out at the weekend just how capable we are of putting a bad result behind us and moving on.”