Lang boss rages at side
ALAN WARDLAW ripped into his Cambuslang Rangers players after their 2-2 draw with Cumbernauld on Saturday.
The Lang boss was fuming after an awful performance which saw Lang denied a win by an injury time strike.
But despite only dropping points to a late goal, Alan believes it was no more than Cumbernauld deserved after one of the Lang’s worst performances in recent weeks.
Having performed so admirably against Irvine Meadow in last weeks Scottish Cup tie, Alan was looking for similar application from the players this time around. Instead, he believes too many of his side had their eye on festive frolics and Christmas dinner.
And he was blunt in why he felt they dropped points: “We were awful. It was a very poor team performance and a draw was no more than Cumbernauld deserved.
“You could probably count two or three players who got pass marks but that’s it.
“Had we taken the three points of course I would have been delighted to have ground out the win, but the manner of it felt more like a defeat. Had we grabbed the point with a late goal it would have felt like a victory.
“I suppose we are winning our home games and picking up points away as well, and we moved up a place in the league so there are some positives but there are issues that need to be tackled this week.
“I don’t think we will make the same mistakes again as the players have been left under no illusions to how we felt about the performance.
“It was simple, basic errors that have cost us. Poor possession, poor defending, poor finishing, poor passing. We now need to work on that and get it right in time for next week.”
Alan said the most disappointing thing about the performance was the fact it had come on the back of such a good one the week before: “I wanted to know how the players would react having taken all the plaudits last week, and the reaction was very disappointing.
“It was always going to be difficult to play as well as we did but we had been hammering home all week that they could not get complacent.
“I certainly wasn’t as this game was just as important as Irvine Meadow, in fact it was more important.
“I’d like to think that people didn’t have their minds on other things like Christmas and nights out, but that certainly appeared to be the case.”
Lang’s two goals came from the penalty spot, and although Alan felt there could be little complaint, he was angry that they didn't look like scoring from open play: “They were pretty clear cut but I can’t remember any other chances we created.
“We huffed and puffed for the entire 90 minutes while key players who have been brilliant for us were simply way off their game and contributed very little.”
Like many junior clubs, Lang will feel the winter pinch as players go away for Christmas dinner and perhaps come back feeling a little bloated. That is the problem Alan faces with Christmas falling tomorrow and another league game scheduled for Saturday.
Another struggling team, Vale of Leven will provide the opposition this time, but given what happened this week Alan’s belief that there are no easy games in the first division rings true.
He hopes the players will come back fit and ready to go on the 27th as they look to continue the good season they are enjoying.
He said: “There are no guaranteed wins in this league. People may have looked to Saturday as a sure away win but that was never going to be the case. I certainly didn’t and maybe one or two of our players did.
“Since Cumbernauld changed their manager they have beaten Benburb and scored three goals at Ashfield so they have a new fighting spirit and have gained a little bit of self belief so it was always going to be difficult.
“We need to look at everything that went wrong last week and make sure it doesn't happen again.
“Christmas comes between the games so a lot depends on the players and the state they come back in. It’s the same for every junior team. They need to manage themselves over this period.
“Teams that are struggling often bring with them their own problems and Vale will be no different.
“They are always a difficult team to play against but we have got to go to places like that and pick up points.
“We’ve played them four times since I came back as manager and it’s been 2-1s and 1-1s so it’s always tight ands they are capable of taking points from anyone.”