The overriding emotion felt by David Bingham and his Preston Athletic side so far this season is one of frustration.
The Panners are still seeking their first win of the Lowland League campaign following last week’s 3-1 away defeat to BSC Glasgow.
Bingham’s team have been unfortunate not to take more points from certain games in recent weeks, and the Pennypit club’s manager believes they aren’t too far away from getting it right.
He said: “It’s been very frustrating because it’s certainly not down to how we’ve been playing. Against Stirling and then on Saturday again it’s the manner in which we’ve been conceding goals. Up until then, defensively, we’ve looked pretty strong.
“Most of the team has remained the same so whether it’s because we’re not getting a result and that’s possibly playing on the players’ minds. The longer you go without getting a result, the confidence goes a wee bit but as I said to the players, there’s only one way out of it – they’ve got to keep working hard and hopefully turn it around.
“If we could stop giving teams a goal of a start that would help. Then we can maybe get a wee break that allows us to go on and win the game. I’ve been a player and know it’s frustrating, but there’s nothing we can moan about now – we just need to look forward to tomorrow and hopefully get three points.”
Saturday’s opponents are Edinburgh University, who are also without a league win so far. Uni will assume the more familiar role of the away side at the Pennypit after playing their Scottish Cup preliminary-round replay against Hurlford at the same venue six days ago.
Despite the 5-0 defeat to the East Ayrshire outfit, Bingham is under no-illusions about the kind of test his charges will face tomorrow, and expressed some sympathy for the students’ boss Dorian Ogunro following the heavy cup reverse.
He explained: “They got a great result down there [at Hurlford] so they’re not any mugs. I don’t know what the score was when they had a man sent off but I imagine it would have had a bearing on the outcome.
“These big Ayrshire sides get a lot of money in and have a lot of senior players in their team so they did well to get a result down there. It was similar to us last year – we had a great result at Queen’s Park and then lost the replay. There’s even more pressure on you when you get a result away from home.
“I’m sure their manager will be looking to bounce back. The one thing you always get with the uni teams is a fit side and a well organised side. We’ll need to be at our best.”