by Andrew Petrie – 15th September – 17:00
Stuart Taylor believes his players are still fighting for places as they prepare to take on Ayr United this weekend.
The head coach revealed a frustrated dressing room want to get last weekend’s result out of their system – and the only way to do that is with a win against Ayr United.
“It’s been bringing the spirits back up again,” Taylor said of training this week.
“There was an element of disappointment, of frustration, from the lads, obviously.
“They’ve been good in training. There’s been a real work ethic to try and put things right. I think the lads are just bursting to get a game to get it out their system.
“I was speaking to a couple of them. There was a huge amount of frustration about how the game went. They felt as if the first half there wasn’t much in it – we hit the cross bar and immediately we go and lose the goal.
“It’s my job to pick them back up again, get them going and we move on from it and we learn from it.”
The Honest Men prove a difficult conundrum for Taylor – manager-less after the departure of David Hopkin, but confident on the back of solid victories against Dunfermline Athletic and Rangers ‘B’.
“It’s one of those things in football, there’s always that reaction to someone new going into a position or someone possibly going to be in that position.
“But, I hope we’re still in that position where we’re looking to react and impress and build that. I’d like to think that will be the case into next year and the year after.
“The mentality we’re trying to create here is that you’re always wanting to impress, improve and better yourself.”
The Somerset Park side are currently led by caretaker Jim Duffy – a veteran of th Scottish football scene following spells at Dundee, Clyde, Morton and Dumbarton.
“Jim’s an experienced manager, they’ve got plenty of experience in their side as well. I went and watched them last night against Rangers B and that’s exactly what they were – experienced, organised and hard-working.
“I don’t expect anything different. It’ll be another tough game and we have to go and make sure we’re ready to go and do what we do, and do what we do well.”
However, the gaffer will go into the game without the services of David Templeton, who has picked up a hamstring problem.
“I think it might be a little too soon for [David Templeton]. He’s getting plenty of treatment on it. He’s improving every day. When that timeframe is going to be, when he’s back for games – I’m not too sure when that’s going to be.
“With the type of career that he’s had and the quality that he’s got, his attitude and personality needs to be playing games.
“It’s not a case of he wants to play, he needs to play to fulfil his satisfaction and what he’s used to doing every single week. It’s very frustrating for him but he also knows the other side of football and he knows that these times where you get injured and how to deal with them.
“He’ll be totally fine in terms of getting back and he’ll be pushing himself every day. There’s no question mark about that.”
(Image courtesy of Steve Welsh.)