HEADS were down in the Bo’ness United camp following Saturday’s disappointing defeat in Ayrshire.
But this week coach Willie Newbigging was in a defiant mood as his squad prepared for tomorrow’s second leg of their Emirates Scottish Junior Cup semi-final against the bookies’ favourites to lift the trophy - Auchinleck Talbot.
The coach was critical of the ref’s decision to dismiss Fraser Forrest following a tussle with an Auchinleck player which saw both men hit the deck - but only the BU man was punished.
And he insisted: ‘‘It’s only half time in this semi-final.
‘‘I’m confident that we can pull back two goals over the 90 minutes without conceding one.’’
Said the boss: ‘‘We went to Ayrshire with a definite game plan - and that was not to lose.
‘‘We did have a plan B but it it was not designed to compensate for going down to 10 men so early in the game.
‘‘That said, we were lucky to lose by just the two goals. It could have three or even four because we spent much of the game - particularly after Fraser’s dismissal - defending.
‘‘However, things could have been different had Roger Duffin’s shot hit the net in the last few seconds rather than going over the bar.’’
Added coach Newbigging: ‘‘It’s a big ask to get to the cup final but it’s not impossible. It’s definitely do-able because we’ll do things a bit differently at home.
‘‘There will be a few more attacking players in the side and with just one injury problem, Barry Donald who has a recurring hamstring problem, the rest of the squad will all be hoping that their names are on the team sheet come Saturday afternoon.’’
The coach went on: ‘‘It’s very frustrating for Barry. He hasn’t played much in recent weeks.
‘‘Every time he thinks he has recovered in the next match he breaks down again.
‘‘I certainly don’t expect him to feature against Auchinleck on Saturday.’’
Willie insisted: ‘‘All in all, we did not play as well as we can do last Saturday but I believe that, if we play like we did against Bonnyrigg recently then anything is possible and that we can recover lost ground and win a place in the Scottish Cup final.
‘‘With home advantage and the crowd behind us it definitely can be done.’’