Exclusive: Linlithgow Rose boss Brown Ferguson admits impressive Pollok dominated his side in friendly defeat
Linlithgow Rose produced a much improved second half display but still suffered a 1-0 defeat at Pollok in their second pre-season fixture on Wednesday night.
A deflected first half goal by Shaun Fraser on 41 minutes was the least Pollok deserved in the opening period, with other chances spurned and away keeper Lewis McMinn making some fine saves.
Rose manager Brown Ferguson told the Journal and Gazette: "It was a very good level of opposition and we were never in the game in the first half, Pollok completely dominated us.
"They were very direct how they played, with a real purpose. I thought they did it really well.
"They played a 4-4-2 and we really struggled to really impose ourselves on the game in so many different ways.
"The goal we lost was disappointing. It came from a throw-in and the ball got to their player really easily. The goal took a deflection, a lucky strike which nestled in the bottom corner.
"But the fact they were able to get the ball as easily into them in the final third was indicative of our play in the first half.
"In some respects we were fortunate that it was only 1-0 come half-time. We were sloppy, lethargic and we looked a little bit shellshocked if I’m being honest.
"I tried to sort a few things out at half-time and in fairness to the group, in the second half I thought we were the better team.
"The players started to impose themselves more and started to control the game with the ball which was pleasing. It was an excellent workout, excellent game. I hope the players take the lessons from it as we move forward.”
Ferguson said that centre half Gary Thom and keeper McMinn were Rose’s two standout players.
"Lewis made a couple of really good one v one stops in the first half,” the Prestonfield gaffer added.
"Pollok’s chances came from our poor play. But Lewis and Gary had good games from the start to the end.”
Premiership giants Hearts visit Linlithgow this Saturday, with 500 fans in attendance, KO 3pm and Ferguson is relishing the prospect.
"It’s a great test for us,” he added. “I would expect Hearts will try and retain the ball a little bit more than P ollok. It’s an exciting game.”
Rose visit Armadale in a friendly next Tuesday.