Linlithgow Rose boss Davie McGlynn has backed his players to bounce back from their Scottish Junior Cup shocker at Kilwinning.
One of Rose’s main trophy targets for the season disappeared as they were thumped 4-1 by the Ayrshire side in last week’s fifth round enounter.
The focus now switches to the East Superleague and efforts to catch leaders Bonnyrigg Rose.
Fifth-placed Linlithgow are 10 points adrift of Bonnyrigg but have a game in hand and have still to play the leaders at Prestonfield.
Remarkably, due to the cup commitments, Linlithgow have yet to play a league match in 2016, their last Superleague outing being a 2-1 defeat at Newtongrange in December.
The push to rein in Bonnyrigg, who also suffered a Scottish Junior Cup hammering on Saturday when they were whacked 5-0 at home by Pollok, begins on Saturday when Linlithgow travel to face St Andrews United.
McGlynn admitted that his side had become victims of their own success after seeiing their Junior Cup dream disappear at Kilwinning.
He said: “Everything that we’ve been through with all the travelling and bus journeys and the highs of the Scottish Cup finally took their toll.
“Because of what we’ve achieved we’ve put ourselves on a perch and everyone we play is trying to knock us off that.
“When teams play us it’s their cup final and we have to respect that and be properly prepared.
“In games like this you need eight or nine players to perform but I could have taken half a dozen off at half-time.
“It’s hard to be too critical because of the effort and enthusiasm the players have shown in the last few months. It was a bad day at the office.
“To lose in the manner we did was even more frustrating. We just couldn’t get going.
“But we have good characters and they’ll bounce back.
“It’s my job to lift them and make sure they’re ready to focus on the league and the two cups we are still in.”
Saturday’s supporters’ bus for St Andrews will leave the social club at noon.