Coughlin hails players’ spirit

Berwick boss John Coughlin
Berwick boss John Coughlin

Berwick bounced back from last week’s shock Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Hawick Royal Albert by taking a point from a 1-1 draw against Arbroath at Shielfield on Saturday.

Rangers’ manager John Coughlin, who had offered to step down after the Hawick defeat, said it was important he got a response from his players.

“I needed the players to show they were hurting as much as I was,” said Coff, whose resignation was rejected by the Rangers’ board.

“Going 1-0 down, and losing a soft goal at that, wasn’t part of our game plan,” he said.

“But I thought the lads responded well, and Stevie Thomson got us back in it with a cracking free kick.

“We might have won it, because I think we had the better quality chances throughout the game, and that includes a possible penalty which wasn’t given.

“It’s a point, and some might say a good point after the week we have just had, “but what we need to do now is start turning the draws into wins. For the next game (against Cowdenbeath at home on Saturday) it looks like I will have a full squad of players to choose from, and that’s something I haven’t had for quite a few weeks.”