East Stirlingshire players are being told to turn last week’s negative into a positive when they face Stirling Albion at Ochilview in the first of four league derbies this season.
Coach Craig Tully is using this week’s training sessions to work on the weak points he says cost them dear last weekend when Shire went down 3-1 at Clyde in that hope that his players will learn from their mistakes.
Tully remains adamant his squad has the ability to achieve this term and he is not prepared to let them off the hook, or let them accept second best.
“We sat down in the changing room after the Clyde game and went through things with them,” he said. “There are things that we need to work on and this week’s training sessions will be designed to look and where our weak spots were on Saturday and how we can improve.”
The Shire boss is starting to tend towards a belief that his team are, at times, their own worst enemy and as well as working on some technical aspects, he thinks another important area will be building up their mental toughness.
“Some of them need to start believing in themselves,” he said. “I honestly think that some of our players really don’t understand how good they are or how good this team could be.
“When we play well we are really good, and we have proven that already this season, but when things start to go against us it’s almost like we give up. That can’t be allowed to happen any more.”
Tully has picked up on Shire’s tendency to lose goals in clusters. Three times this season they have lost two goals in the space of three minutes in matches, with the latest example at Broadwood on Saturday.
“There’s no reason to think that because you’ve gone 1-0 down in a game that you’ve lost,” he said. “But you can see the body language of the players is not good after they concede the first goal. It is supposed to be the team that’s scored that should be vulnerable to an equaliser.”