Manager’s delight at play-off qualification

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Berwick manager Ian Little was full of praise for his players after they secured their place in the end of season play-offs.

Berwick went down 1-0 at Ibrox, but managed to clinch fourth place in the table on goal difference ahead of Elgin, who won 3-2 against Stirling Albion.

“We always knew we were in the driving seat,” said Little, “but we also knew we couldn’t afford to take anything for granted and had to concentrate right to the end..

“The first 20 minutes of the game were key, because we didn’t want to concede too early.

“Rangers eventually took the lead after half an hour, but we stood up well to them after that and didn’t crumble.

“I put out a side which I wanted to play in a specific way - to play as a unit and make it difficult for Rangers to play through us.

“I thought the lads did very well indeed and I cannot praise them highly enough for their efforts, not only in this match but throughout the season.

“The play-offs have been our target all season because I think after Rangers came into our league we all knew that was all there would be left to play for.

“We have slipped up at times along the way, but in general we have stuck to our task.

“There was a certain amount of pressure on us going to Ibrox on the final day of the season, because that is something we always said we wanted to try and avoid if possible.

“But the lads have come through it and I’m absolutely delighted for everyone connected with the club.”

Berwick now to on to meet East Fife in the play-off semi-finals.

The first leg will be held at Shielfield on Wednesday (kick-off 8pm)with the return at Methill on Saturday.

Should they be successful, the final will be against Queen’s Park or Peterhead. AThe first leg is at home on Wednesday, May 15, with the decider away on Sunday, May 19.