FRUSTRATED Berwick manager Jimmy Crease has warned his players to buck up and prove they want to play for the team.
His side were booed off the pitch following their 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Montrose on Saturday and afterwards Crease said: “Some of them looked as if they just didn’t want to be out there,” .
“It was a real shocker. I just couldn’t believe what I was watching. We were 1-0 up and playing reasonably well, but as soon as Montrose equalised we simply lost our way.
“Berwick need to be winning their home games, and no disrespect to Montrose, but we should be beating sides like that.
“The players have been told in no uncertain terms that I was not happy with that performance because not enough players put in enough effort. They just didn’t have the right attitude.
“At the start of the season the players, the management and probably some of the fans, looked at the squad we had assembled and they probably all thought we were capable of doing something this season. But so far it just hasn’t happened for us in the league. We have only won one game and it just isn’t good enough.”
Crease said that duing the build-up to the game he had tried to sign two wide players to give his team a different dimention.
“The deals didn’t come off,” he said, “but if we have to change it we will.
“There were a number of key incidents today like the penalty, our disallowed goal at the end and the decision by the referee to bring play back for a foul when he could have played advantage.
“They all had a bearing on the game, but really I don’t want to hide behind them as an excuse, because in all honesty we were shocking. We were just not physical enough - we allowed ourselves to be brushed off the ball too easily.
“Our confidence is low and now we need a lift, and I can honestly say that when I walked off the pitch today it is probably the lowest I have felt all season.”
Berwick must now and try to pick up the pieces when they take on Peterhead at Shielfield this Saturday, but they must do it without central defender Chris Townsley, who was shown a straight red card for the penalty incident at the weekend, and that is likely to mean a first start of the season for Andy McLean, who so far has spent the entire campaign on the bench.
McLean, who swept the boards at last season’s ‘Player of the Year’ awards, has naturally been a little frustrated at the situation, but now that he is likely to get his chance he knows he has to take the opportunity with both hands.