Super-sub wants team place

DAMON Gray is revelling in his role as super-sub with Berwick . . . but admits he would much rather be playing from the start than trying to make an impact off the bench.

The striker scored a dramatic equaliser for Rangers in their home clash with Alloa at Shielfield on Saturday, his second in three games after being introduced as a substitute.

It was a goal which he admitted later he hopes caretaker manager Ian Little will reward with a starting place in the team.

But the hit-man knows that football is a fickle game and he says he will continue to bide his time.

“I have to remain positive,” he said, “because that’s the way football is.

“Like any player I want to be out there, so sitting on the bench is frustrating. But when my chance comes I have to take it, and that is what I did today.”

Berwick were trailing Alloa 2-0 when he was introduced as a substitute at the expense of Darren Gribben.

Another substitute, Michael Deland, had given Rangers some hope when he pulled a goal back after 77 minutes, and five minutes after that Gray pounced with a sublime left-foot strike, struck first time from inside the box.

“I think it was a mistake from one of their players,” he said. “The ball came to me and Stevie Notman was beside me screaming to leave it. But I didn’t have a lot of time to think and I just struck it first time.

“That’s the second time I have come off the bench and scored in the last three games so all I can do is keep plugging away hoping that I get my chance.”

Gray says confidence remains high within the Berwick camp, despite the loss of five points from their last two matches.

“We have shown at times this season how good a team we can be,” he said, “and its just about trying to find a level of consistency.

“We have a lot of quality in the squad and all the players are behind ‘Yano’ (caretaker manager Ian Little) as he bids to get the job on a permanent basis.

“We have a couple of difficult games coming up in the next week (away to Peterhead on Tuesday and leaders Annan on Christmas Eve) but if we play in the manner we know we are capable of there is no reason why we shouldn’t take something from them and get us back in contention again, which is where we know we should be.”