Robbie Horn: ‘we need to be more ruthless’

Berwick Rangers striker Scott Dalziel in action against Culter in the Scottish Cup replay at Shielfield. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy
Berwick Rangers striker Scott Dalziel in action against Culter in the Scottish Cup replay at Shielfield. Picture by Zoltan Simonffy

Berwick assistant manager Robbie Horn was pleased with his side’s progress in the Scottish Cup following their win over Culter.

Horn said it was a professional performance from the team, who deserved to go through.

“We might have won it at Culter last week, but the conditions were a leveller and they brought us back for the replay,” he said.

“The main thing was to win the game, which we did, and now we are through to the next round, where we play Dumbarton.

“No disrespect to them, but that is a winnable game for us and we will be looking forward to playing them.”

Berwick were forced to draft in former keeper Gary O’Connor, now their goalkeeping coach to fill in between the posts.

O’Connor was asked to play his first game in two years with Paul Grant cup-tied by Hibernian and replacement Billy Bald calling off injured

“I was nervous,” he said, “but I didn’t have a lot of time to think about it and adrenalin carried me through.

“I had a quiet game and I thought we deserved to go through as we were the better side, but that’s taking nothing away from Culter who tried to make a game of it.”

O’Connor said Berwick now need to start winning league games as well if they are to fulfil their potential.

“We are playing some good football,” he said. “It’s always nice to win in the cup, but that is a bonus, what we need to start doing now is win in the league as well.”

Those were sentiments echoed by Horn, who added: “I think sometimes we need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal. “Yes, we are playing nice football at times, but we just don’t seem to be able to kill off teams when we are on top.

“One day we might go out and beat a team quite convincingly, but until that happens we have to work hard and concentrate on winning league matches, because two points from the last five league games just isn’t good enough, and the players know that as well.”