Berwick manager Colin Cameron is looking for a positive reaction from his players when they take on Elgin at Shielfield on Saturday.
Cameron, who has just agreed a new contract extension, was left feeling disappointed after last weekend’s 4-2 away defeat at Annan, which meant the club failed in its bid to steal a march in the race for the play-offs.
Now the manager is hoping his players respond when they take on bottom of the table Elgin at home.
“It’s a game we really must be looking to win,” said Cameron. If we are to be considered play-off candidates we have to win games like this.”
With a Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Spartans looming on the horizon, and a difficult February when Rangers play the top three sides in the division - Arbroath, Albion Rovers and Queen’s Park - on successive weeks, a win against City is vital.
“Annan has never been the happiest of hunting grounds for Berwick,” said Cameron, “but we went there in a good frame of mind.
“We have played well or reasonably well in our last five or six games, and when you look at it like that a poor 45 minutes doesn’t sound that bad. But that doesn’t mean to say it didn’t hurt. The bottom line is we were 2-0 down before we even got our foot on the ball, and you can’t expect to give a side a 3-0 lead and come back to win.
“There were a few choice words said at half-time and the players responded well after the break.
“We did manage to create a few chances, and they are the positives we have to take out of the match.
“At 3-2 I thought there was still time to maybe get a draw, but the penalty, when their player looked to be a long way offside, was a hammer blow.
“I am just hoping the players respond in the same manner when we face Elgin.”