A WIN over Clyde at Broadwood on Saturday could have the power to transform East Stirlingshire’s season.
Coach John Coughlin says the club’s plight has now reached the stage where it is vital they get three points in Cumbernauld. The Shire boss this week admitted his team’s run of seven straight league defeats has left him down in the dumps, but he genuinely believes a fresh start could be just around the corner.
“The international break has done us some good,” he said. “We fitted in a closed-door game which we won 2-1 and fielded a couple of decent looking triallists.
“Even that win gave everyone a wee lift and Kevin Turner scored both the goals, which was important as he was one of the players who was struggling for a bit of form. Maybe he will take some encouragement from that.”
Coughlin may sound as though he is clutching at straws but he is determined to keep everyone at the club upbeat despite a failure to pick up more than the three points they earned with an opening day win over Montrose.
And he has revealed that the inability to get a win has affected him deeply; especially as his career as a manager has had its fair share of high points.
“You do get low about it,” said Coughlin.