Linlithgow Rose ‘lucky to have second cup chance’

Linlithgow Rose manager Danny Smith. Picture: Robert Perry
Linlithgow Rose manager Danny Smith. Picture: Robert Perry
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Linlithgow Rose boss Danny Smith took his side’s Dyslexia Scotland Junior Cup semi-final, first-leg defeat so badly, he felt like they had already been eliminated.

Linlithgow ROSE boss Danny Smith took his side’s Dyslexia Scotland Junior Cup semi-final, first-leg defeat so badly, he felt like they had already been eliminated.

Smith cut such an irate figure in the aftermath of the 3-2 loss to Musselburgh last Saturday, as he felt they’d been on the receiving end of a heavy defeat.

Rose have it all to do when they visit East Lothian tomorrow and Smith said: “If I’m being honest, I feel as if my team got beat 3, 4, or 5-0 on Saturday, but we didn’t and we are still in a cup tie. One of the few positives we can take out the game on Saturday is that we are only a goal down and it could have been worse.

“In the first half we didn’t play as if it was a cup semi-final and we didn’t look up for it, but the second half was a bit better. We maybe got a break with goalkeeper getting sent off.

“The players weren’t happy themselves after it and they still think they can get a result. We know what needs to happen here. It won’t be easy, but we need to go and win the game. Nothing less than a victory will do if we want to get to a final.”

Smith made enforced changes last weekend with Craig Wilson and Alex King cup-tied, while Mick O’Byrne could only make the substitutes’ bench after arriving back from his stag do on Saturday morning and Roddy MacLennan was on holiday.

A lack of consistency in Rose’s team selection has proved costly, but Smith insists that if his players were producing the level of performance expected of them, he wouldn’t have to make frequent changes to his side.

“We’ve not had any consistency anywhere, and I’ll take responsibility for that, but if players were doing their jobs week in, week out, we wouldn’t be needing to change the team.

“Because they’ve not been doing that, people then deserve an opportunity. We haven’t been consistent enough and that’s the disappointing thing as I know performances should and could be better.”

O’Byrne and MacLennan are in line for a return, although midfielder Andy Shirra is still injured.