Carnoustie boss urges players to find their killer instinct

Photo - Ian Mutch
Photo - Ian Mutch

Alan McSkimming was left lamenting his side’s lack of killer instinct again on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to Newtongrange Star.

Carnoustie Panmure created a number of great chances in front of goal but as has been the case so often this year, the finishing touch just wasn’t quite there as the Gowfers fell to defeat in the Super League clash.

McSkimming was lifted by the quality of the performance but said the finishing must improve because the best teams will always punish profligacy in front of goal.

He said: “We deserved something from the game, a point minimum. We created the more clear-cut chances but not for the first time this season, we’ve not put them away and it’s come back to haunt us.

“We’ve both gone down to 10 men, theirs was a poor challenge for a straight red and there were no complaints.

“Ours was for two yellows which I didn’t have any complaints about either.

“They didn’t affect the game though, it was about our missed opportunities again. We’ve not taken four great chances. We played some really great football though so there are lots of positives to take.

“The top teams kill opponents off, you give them a chance and they take it.

“We’re getting in good positions but we’re learning that if you don’t take them, you’re looking back at full-time considering missed opportunities.”

This weekend the Gowfers visit North Region outfit Colony Park in the Scottish Cup and Alan is looking forward to competing in the Junior game’s flagship competition.

He continued: “It’s the Holy Grail and we’re back to it.

“The Cup has a great history for this club. Every year there’s a target to see if we can get back to competing in the latter stages and we go up to Colony Park with almost a full strength squad.

“We’re confident that if we put in the type of consistent performances that we’re capable of then we can progress in the competition. We’d like to do it at the first time of asking and get back down the road to focus back on league duty.

“They’re sitting undefeated top of the North Region First Division, the second tier, so they’ll go into the game full of confidence.”