Alan Miller hopes it clicks for Newtongrange in Cup

Alan Miller. Photograph: Ian Rutherford
Alan Miller. Photograph: Ian Rutherford
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Newtongrange Star boss Alan Miller is set to make changes to his squad to give fringe players a chance against South Division outfit Pumpherston tomorrow, but insists his side won’t take the West Lothian visitors lightly.

Star are unbeaten so far after five league matches with three wins and two draws in the Super League, but turn their attention to the East of Scotland Cup this weekend.

After the start Star have made to the season Miller is content, although he has stressed the need for his men to finish teams off after they drew 1-1 away to Armadale Thistle last weekend.

He said: “I think we controlled most of the game, but Armadale competed well and we got caught settling on 1-0.

“We had attempts cleared off the line, we just never turned our dominance in possession into enough clear cut chances.”

Ahead of Pumpherston’s visit to New Victoria Park tomorrow, Miller would like to take his side into the latter stages of a cup competition after crashing out early in all three domestic cups last season.

“We just need to think about ourselves as being a team that gets to the latter stages of cup competitions. We can’t ask for any more, a home tie against a team which is two leagues below,” said Miller.

“I’m sure Pumpherston will come to Newtongrange with the attitude that they have nothing to lose and that they’ll go and enjoy themselves, and maybe by relaxing they’ll put on a performance. We’ve just got to make sure that we don’t allow them to do that and we prepare professionally and go and do the job.”

Summer signing Jack Wilson from Haddington Athletic could make his debut for Star after returning from injury. However, goalkeeper Liam Amos and defender John McManus are unavailable.