Little happy with a point for ‘commited’ ten-man side

STAND-IN Berwick manager Ian Little was happy with a point from his first game in charge.

Rangers, who had David Greenhill sent off after 13 minutes, played most of the game with only ten men, and when they fell a goal behind after half an hour it looked as if the writing was on the wall.

“I can’t complain about taking a point,” said Little.

“We might have rode our luck at times, but it wasn’t easy, especially after going down to ten men so early in the game.”

Greenhill received his marching orders, shown a straight red card by referee Stephen Finnie for a tackle in the centre circle.

“I’m old school and I didn’t think the tackle warranted a red card, but if that’s the way referees see the game we have to accept it.”

Little said it hasn’t been easy for the club over the past couple of weeks and he was looking for the players to show him the drive and commitment needed to take the team forward.

“I know the players have the ability,” he said, “but they have to be committed, and I think they proved that today.

“They could have allowed their heads to drop after the sending off and going a goal behind, but Darren Gribben produced a good finish to get us back in the game right on the stroke of half-time.

“He might have won it for us later on when he was in a similar position, but he made the wrong decision with his finish - that’s football.”

Darren Lavery, who has been playing with the Reserves of late, was drafted into the squad and played the final 11 minutes.

He too had a chance to win it and snatch all three points and Little said: “I have always been an admirer of Darren’s. I think he has a future in the game and I will be including him in my squad for the next two games when I am in charge.”

Little also called on the services of former Berwick favourite Craig Valentine to help him in the dug-out.

“Craig and I go back a long way to our days at Alloa,” he said, “and I asked him to come down today to help out.

“It went okay, but Craig has a family and other commitments and we will talk later in the week to see how things develop.”

With Greenhill and full-back Stephen Thomson both suspended, Little said he had selection problems ahead of last night’s game at Ochilview.

“These are the sort of things you have to deal with if you want to be a manager,” he said.

“I will have to look at the squad and see what are my best options.”