Coughlin is still aiming for play-offs

John Coughlin
John Coughlin

Berwick manager John Coughlin admits his side now face an uphill task to get themselves back into the play-off picture in SPFL League Two.

A 2-0 away defeat at leaders Forfar on Saturday – their first on the road in the league this season – has left Rangers six points adrift of the play-off places.

“Next Saturday we are away to Clyde, the team immediately above us in the table, and it is a game we really need to get a result in,” admitted Coff.

“We went into the Forfar game without two key midfield players (Stevie Notman and Steven Thomson, who were both suspended after being sent off the previous week in the 1-1 draw against Cowdenbeath) and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy.

“Forfar are not top of the table for nothing, and they made us work hard, but what was disappointing from our point of view was the fact that we conceded two late goals, one in each half.

“The first came three minutes into injury time at the end of the first half and the second just four minutes from the end of normal time.

“This was our first away league defeat of the season,” added Coughlin, “but that doesn’t soften the blow any.

“We now know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us if we are to get ourselves back into a challenging position.

“Injuries and suspensions have hit us badly all season, all the more so as we only have a small squad.

“We know we are good enough to be up there, but to do that we need a full strength squad available to us, and that is something we haven’t really had the luxury of so far.”