Little hopes defeat was a wake up call for his players

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AFTER suffering their heaviest defeat of the season last weekend, Berwick are hoping to bounce back against Queen’s Park on Saturday.

Rangers were hit for six when they were beaten 6-3 by bottom of the table Stirling Albion at Forthbank, a defeat which prompted manager Ian Little to suggest this was ‘a wake-up call’ for his players.

After conceding four goals from corners and set pieces, Little said the defence went AWOL.

“The defence was non-existent and the players know it,” he said. “This is without doubt a wake-up call.

“Stirling put the ball in the box four times in the first half and scored each time.

“Quite simply, we did not do enough but now we have to deal with it and work hard in training and hope we can bounce back against Queens Park on Saturday.

“This is a bad defeat but at least we scored three goals away from home. so we have to try and take some of the positives from that.

“For a time I thought there might just be a chance we would sneak a draw although we didn’t deserve it, but then they were awarded a soft penalty in the dying stages which killed it off.”

After hauling themselves back into the play-off picture in November, Berwick have slipped down the table in recent weeks and Little says it is a trend he wants to reverse.

“It isn’t that we have been playing really badly,” he said. “We have got the ball down and passed it well. but the breaks haven’t always been with us, and like a lot of teams I don’t think refereeing decisions have helped.

“There is also the fact that we haven’t won a home league game in December since 2008, so that is something else we will be trying to put right when we take on Queen’s Park this weekend.

“It’s a well known fact that over the past few years Berwick have struggled around the turn of the year. It’s something I can’t put my finger on, but we will just have to try and put that right on Saturday.

“We have some good quality players, but we are just not gelling at the moment.”

Little gave a run-out to young striker Dean Carse who scored a hat-trick for the U19s in midweek and the manager says he may well include him in the squad again.