Unacceptable: Gowfers boss says derby performance just was not good enough

Gowfers v Lochee
Gowfers v Lochee

Carnoustie Panmure manager Alan McSkimming said his side were nowhere near the level he finds acceptable as they lost to rivals Lochee United.

The Gowfers went down 2-0 at home to their relegation and derby rivals and it was a crushingly poor display, one that was not at all in keeping with those that had come before it.

McSkimming said he felt the occasion perhaps got to the players, but reiterated that his side still has their fate in their own hands when it comes to their continued status as a Superleague club.

He said: “I’m massively disappointed. I feel the occasion just got to us and we didn’t perform as well as we have been, or anywhere near to the level that I find acceptable. So we were bitterly disappointed to not produce a performance that merited the occasion.That’s what’s hardest to take, that we didn’t get ourselves up for the occasion.

“Although Lochee are now a point ahead of us now we’re still in a good position. We’ve got two games in hand on them, all of our fate is still in our own hands.”

The first real chance on Tuesday night fell to the Gowfers when McIlravey made a good run forward before firing off a low drive, but keeper Gray got down to make a fine save.

Lochee took the lead in 27 minutes when Birse fed the ball through to Scott who fired past Brown from the edge of the box.

The Bluebells finished the game as a contest in 86 minutes when a cross by Percy to the far post was headed home by former Gowfer Voigt from close in.

Panmure play Broxburn Athletic tomorrow in the East of Scotland Cup quarter-final and McSkimming knows his players can progress if they play to their previously high standard.

The boss said: “It’s came at a good time for us after such a poor performance against Lochee. It gives us a chance to go and freshen things up, take our minds off the league and go and express ourselves in the cup. It’s a big cup and one we want to do well in.

“We’ve got no doubts that if we can play as we have been, we can certainly get ourselves into a semi-final.”