Smith wants Linlithgow Rose to lift home form

Linlithgow Rose manager Danny Smith. Picture: Alan Murray
Linlithgow Rose manager Danny Smith. Picture: Alan Murray
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Linlithgow Rose boss Danny Smith insists their home form has to improve if they are to have a successful season.

Rose take on Montrose Roselea in their Scottish Junior Cup third round replay at Prestonfield after a disappointing 2-2 draw away last weekend against the mid-table Premier League outfit.

Barring their impressive start against SPFL Championship club Raith Rovers in the William Hill Scottish Cup third round, which should’ve seen them leading at half-time, Linlithgow have struggled to start games well this season, especially at home.

The theme continued last weekend when hosts Montrose took the lead in the opening seconds and Smith admits it is something that needs to change quickly.

He said: “We stress it every week to them that their attitude needs to be better at the start of games.

“We get unsettled when we don’t start well and it gives the other team confidence and hope that they can take something out the game.

“It is something we are trying to address.

“Since the Raith game, when we started really well, we’ve been a bit flat. If we do that at our level teams will struggle to cope with us.”

Linlithgow have won just two of their five home games in the Super League so far, with two draws and one loss, while they have won all three of their away matches.

Smith believes that has to change if his side are to achieve what is expected of a club of their size.

“Our home form hasn’t been great at all,” he said.

“It’s something we need to be improve on because we are drawing games, that on paper we should be winning.”

Rose are without striker Kevin Kelbie tomorrow who has an ankle injury.

In the Super League tomorrow, Penicuik Athletic can go further ahead of Rose in third place with a victory away to Broxburn Athletic, while Musselburgh Athletic and Bonnyrigg Rose will both be looking to maintain their current form when they host Fauldhouse United and Camelon respectively.