Little looks for home comfort

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BERWICK, who have remarkably not lost at Montrose since 1994, came from behind to earn a point from a 1-1 draw at Links Park on Saturday.

It made it four points out of the last six for the Rangers, and now manager Ian Little is hoping that they can continue the good work when they take on Queen’s Park at Shielfield this weekend as the players are desperate to prove to their own fans that they are better than their current league standing suggests.

After two disappointing home defeats, at the hands of Peterhead and East Stirling, Little admitted: “It is important we start performing at home in front of our own fans.

“I know they were desperately disappointed with the displays in our last two appearances at Shielfield and we have to get it right.”

Berwick fell behind to a 49th minute goal at Montrose, but managed to take a point with a strike from substitute Damon Gray ten minutes from the end.

Little was unhappy at not taking all three points with a win, adding:

“It was pleasing to keep a clean sheet in the first half at Links Park but after losing a goal early in the second spell the reaction of the players was good and they kept their heads.

“We controlled the last 25 minutes and should have won. We had three or four good chances but just could not turn them into goals.

“At least we did not come away empty-handed although the performance in the last quarter warranted a victory in my view.”

Berwick are still 12 points adrift of a play-off place – but Little is not ruling it out.

“One of the great things is that the players have the belief they can make it and they are desperate to get there,” he revealed.

“I am hoping we can kick on and go on a bit of a run to reach our goal.”

With games starting to run out - Berwick have a total of eight matches remaining - Rangers know that every game is now important to them.

During the run-in they have five matches at home (against Queen’s Park, Clyde, Alloa, Elgin and Stranraer on the last day of the season), which is why Little wants to see their Shielfield form improve.

They also have to go to Peterhead, Annan and East Stirling.

“In our position every game is important,” said Little. “We still have most of the teams above us to play, which effectively makes them six-pointers, but we know we cannot afford many more slip-ups.”

Little, who has now been in the job for over four months, says he is still on ‘a massive learning curve’ as far as management is concerned.

“I still have a lot to learn,” he said, “in fact I am learning all the time.

“It’s never easy losing, but it’s part of football, and to be honest I think I probably learn more from the defeats than I do from winning games.”

Meanwhile, Berwick have released full-back Stephen Thomson, who has been farmed out to junior side Bonnyrigg Rose until the end of the season.

Thomson, who joined the club for a second spell in the summer from Stenhousemuir, was a regular in the starting line-up until recently.

A statement issued by the club this week states that under Scottish Football League rules he will also be able to play for Berwick during the intervening period if the need arises.