Points over plaudits plea

06/08/11. John Devlin. Stenhousemuir, East Stirling v Montrose.  Shire coach John Coughlin.
06/08/11. John Devlin. Stenhousemuir, East Stirling v Montrose. Shire coach John Coughlin.

East Stirlingshire need to stop earning plaudits for being competitive on a shoestring budget and start winning points.

Coach John Coughlin says it is time for his players to show they are capable of taking more than a pat on the back from games, and he wants them to begin at Elgin City this weekend.

Although heartened by a performance last Saturday that showed no gulf in class between his team and big-spending Peterhead, Coughlin knows that after three games his team are already where most people expect them to be at the end of the season; bottom of the Third Division table.

But he believes the players he has brought to the club are capable of changing perceptions.

“We know that this is a results business and that is what we will be judged on,” he said. “It is all very well getting praise for being competitive and for running teams like Peterhead close but there will come a time when that will not be good enough and only getting wins and points will do.”