No time for hilarity as Annan aim for play-off spot
A poor performance against Berwick Rangers last weekend means that we are still fighting for that play-off spot with only three games remaining.
We were warned by our manager Harry Cairney and assistant Andy Aitken not to take anything as given before the match.
Unfortunately, when you look at our performance on the day, it may have seemed as if we thought we were already over the finish line.
We made a late fight of it with a couple of goals in the last half hour and might even have sneaked something but that would have been daylight robbery and very unfair on Berwick.
They were better than us for an hour and by the time we had made our changes it was game over.
It almost always happens that teams with such a lead take their foot off the gas and personally I would put the late flourish down to that more than anything else.
Annan manager Harry Cairney will be hoping his players stay focused as they aim for a play-off place to reach the Second Division. Photo: SNS
We now have two huge games coming up against Stranraer and Arbroath before travelling to East Stirlingshire on the last day of the league season.
The performance needs to improve without doubt and possibly our approach to the game as well.
I've mentioned recently that our training sessions have been a lot more relaxed and lighter and I noticed that there was a fair bit of hilarity going on during the warm-up against Berwick.
At the time, it was great fun and I was fully involved in the banter that was flying around. When things go wrong, as they did at the weekend, you analyse things a bit more and perhaps we did take our eye off the ball slightly.
I'm very confident that won't happen again and everyone will be fully focused and up for the challenge that lies ahead; that starts at Stair Park on Saturday.
A few of the boys had a run-out in the reserve game at Queen's Park on Monday night and the rest of them trained in Glasgow. Unfortunately I wasn't in attendance as I was in Edinburgh at the beginning of the week to see Beady Eye.
I don't normally miss training and I was disappointed at this one because I would have played in the game. I told the manager as soon as I knew there was a game and he seemed fine with it but I suppose we'll see for real on Saturday when he names his squad!
I've recently been talking to people at the club about doing my coaching badges - Alan Irving in particular. In fact, it was him who brought it up. Out of the blue he came out and asked me if I had been thinking about it.
Now, initially I wasn't sure if this was a genuine conversation or if he was laying the foundations for the manager telling me my services were no longer required at the end of the season.
Alan is a very genuine man, however, so I knew it was the former and it's something I'm now very interested in.
I get very frustrated seeing young kids being coached and I feel there is far too much emphasis on winning at such a young age.
I think it also helps if you have played the game at a decent enough level and can actually show the kids how to perform the basic skills of the game and progress them from there.
Some of you may disagree entirely with me, of course; you might not think I can even do the basic skills myself!