Coughlin is relieved to emerge unscathed

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Berwick boss John Coughlin felt his side had dodged a bullet when they managed to hold out for a point against Clyde at the weekend.

“I honestly thought that with the quality Clyde possess, plus all the problems we are having with injuries, we might have been on for a bit of a beating today,” he admitted afterwards.

“But all credit to the players, because they showed great resilience, and fought hard for a point.

“We went into the game with four players injured. Our goalkeeper Kevin Walker then had to leave the field in the first half with a hamstring injury and on top of that we had another player – Michael McKenna – sent off for receiving two yellow cards within a matter of seconds.

“I don’t want to comment on Michael’s situation, suffice to say that this is the third time he has been sent off in a short period of time and I will be dealing with him privately.

“His suspension will hit us badly because he is a big player for us, especially in our current situation when numbers are thin.”

Coughlin was forced to name two development squad players on the bench for the game, which he admitted wasn’t ideal.

“Ideally I would like a bigger squad, but the reality is it isn’t going to happen any time soon,” he said.

“At first I thought the development squad might be the way forward, and in the long term it probably is, but at the moment I don’t think it is the answer to our immediate problems.

“If you look at a team like Clyde, they don’t have any development players in their team at all, it’s all about quality and experience, and that is what we need right now.

“In saying that, we are doing the best with what we have got, and I want the fans to know that.

“We are up in the play-off places, but we don’t want to drop out of them, so at some point I will probably need to go to the board and say, ‘This is what we have to do’.”

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson admitted to leaving Berwick feeling frustrated.

“We dominated for most of the game and it was frustrating to only take one point,” he said.

“I feel this is a massive two points we have dropped.

“I have no criticisms of the players with regards to their level of commitment. They were full of running and energy, but I had to question heir decision making, especially for the Berwick goal.

“We are only talking split decisions, but that one instance showed how important they can be.

“I thought we controlled most of the first half, but to give a goal away like that just a couple of minutes before half-time was disappointing.

“It gave Berwick a lift at the start if the second half, but we finished strongly again and I think a second goal would probably have won it for us.”