Carnoustie boss Alan gutted by defeat and calls for killer instinct

Michael McIlravey.
Michael McIlravey.

Two goals in the last few minutes condemned Carnoustie Panmure to a 3-2 defeat to Super League rivals Penicuik Athletic.

Manager Alan McSkimming admitted he was bitterly disappointed to see his side lose a game they had dominated.

The Gowfers boss said he felt for his players most of all after they’d done more than enough to justify victory.

But he added that he wants his team to start showing a killer instinct in front of goal and begin finishing off games with the high amount of chances the attacking outfit are carving out.

McSkimming said: “Disappointment would be an understatement. I really feel for the players to be honest because they deserved to win the game.

“Obviously the game is played over 90 minutes and we had a lapse in concentration and two individual errors that we’ve been duly punished for. But that’s the nature of the game, if you’re not entirely focused for the whole game it can always come back to bite you.

“And that’s what is most disappointing for me because we had a good performance playing some great stuff.

“To be fair the game should have been dead and buried a lot earlier. We should have come in at half-time three our four up. It’s a hard one to take.

“We need to be killing teams off, that’s what we need to learn to start doing when we’re on top. We don’t need to be worrying about the last 10 minutes of games because we should have it already under control.

“It’s a lesson to be learned for us and one that’s sore to take for all of us.

“It was a silent dressing room until the coaches went in, everyone was sat with their head in their hands because they did so much to win the game.

“We did deserve to win it, we were the better team but that doesn’t mean anything when you’re sitting there with no points.

“I think they were disappointed because they knew these mistakes were avoidable, and they’re individual errors that have cost us the goals.

“From the sideline we have no impact to stop them happening because by the time the error has happened, they’ve taken advantage and in the Super League teams will punish you for every mistake.

“We created all the chances and aside from their goals, Penicuik didn’t have many I don’t think but the difference is they were clinical and we weren’t.

“That’s what we need to work on, we have to be clinical in front of goal.

“If we’d been three or four up at half-time it’s a different conversation and we’re sitting right near the top of the league.”

This weekend sees Carnoustie play local rivals Arbroath Vics, currently toiling in the East Region North Division.

The fixture gives Alan a chance to freshen up his squad.

He said: “Saturday gives us an opportunity to use our whole squad.

“We’ll change things up, definitely. It’s a welcome break from the league, it’s always intense in a league game.

“This is a good wee distraction and we’re looking forward to it. We’ve got a couple of wee injuries and we can freshen things up. It’s a squad here, there’s no first 11.”