Linlithgow Rose boss Davie McGlynn has challenged his players to pick themselves up following their surprise defeat at Hill of Beath Hawthorn on Saturday.
McGlynn’s pre-match concerns prove justified as long-time league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose finally slipped up at Bo’ness, only for his side to fail to take advantage.
McGlynn admitted: “That was the most frustrating thing.
“Bonnyrigg finally lost and we were unable to make the most of a right good chance to put ourselves in a really good position.
“But we just have to go again, try to win our games and hope results elsewhere go our way.”
Even though they dominated for long spells, the Rose boss admitted his side hadn’t done themselves justice against Hill of Beath.
He said: “Overall we were very flat. It’s a very, very tight pitch and when they have 10 men behind the ball and one man up you know it’s going to be difficult.
“But we didn’t pass the ball the way we can. Instead of trying to work it through the channels we were going long too quickly and too often and that was bread and butter to them.
“When you go 2-1 down at Hill of Beath on their pitch you know it’s going to be difficult and, credit to them, they worked really hard.
“But there was a lack of spirit and fight about us on Saturday and that’s not something I have had to say too often this season.
“It was just an off day but we have to gee them up and make sure they know what it means to pull on that jersey and what it means to everyone,”
McGlynn may freshen up his starting line-up on Saturday when Rose face St Andrews United at Prestonfield in the second round of the DJ Laing East of Scotland Cup with a tie at Bo’ness awaiting the winners.
But he insists: ““We won’t be taking this cup lightly.
“St Andrews. “They are a team who blow hot and cold - they lost seven at Bonnyrigg and then won 4-0 at Broxburn so we’ll have to be on our guard.”