Room for improvement after Annan wake-up call
A draw and defeat in our last two league matches has brought us right back down to earth after our recent Scottish Cup win.
If ever we needed a wake up call then surely Saturday's defeat at Elgin has provided us with it. It wasn't just the defeat that was hard to take, but the performance was much worse.
After stepping off our team coach at the end of a six-hour journey (no excuse) we found ourselves 2-0 down inside the first 11 minutes.
Looking back we were probably lucky to get away with only a two-goal defeat because on the day there was certainly more than that between the sides. I was very impressed with Elgin on their earlier visit to our place this season and Saturday did nothing to change my opinion.
They were better than us in every department from start to finish and although I was disappointed to be substituted after an hour it wasn't at all pleasant to play in.
Elgin were strong enough at the back to limit us to one shot on target during the whole game, but it was especially middle to front where they impressed most of all. They have got some right good players in their team and Saturday seemed to be a day when they all clicked in to gear.
Elgin City were too strong for Annan at the weekend
There is no doubt that we were disappointing and we won't hide from that fact but I can't help thinking that we aren't giving our opponents the credit they deserve.
It seems to be the norm in this league that when you lose a game then it is all down to the losing team being poor; well even at the top our game at the weekend I'm not sure if we would have won the match. That's how good I thought Elgin were.
We had the opportunity to get that one out of our system on Tuesday night with a home game against Montrose. We were very disappointed to only come away with a 2-2 draw, but on reflection it was probably a fair result.
The manager missed the first half of the game which was a shame because we played the best we have done in a while in that 45-minute spell.
We played at a really high tempo and maybe should have gone in more than 2-1 to the good at half-time. It wasn't to be and when Harry did arrive to see the second half, he saw us struggle and drop two points.
The players and coaching staff are all a bit down after the last two results but I think it's important to remember where we are. We are sitting in third position in the league table with a game in hand and a massive game against the leaders Stranraer to come on Saturday.
The team have also just came through their best first quarter of the season since entering the league and sit in the play-off places which is exactly the target set before us at the start of the season. Instead of the report card saying "must do better", perhaps a more appropriate one would be, "can do better"?
Away from things at Galabank and the referee's in the SPL are taking a bit of flak at the minute, one Dougie McDonald in particular. Now before you think I'm going to discuss the big story that's been in the headlines for the last few weeks, I was actually going to praise the referee's we have in the SFL.
As far as I'm concerned the officials have a really difficult job to do and they make mistakes; just as players and managers do.
The thing that I like about the majority of officials at our level is that you can talk to them and they will explain their decision, I've even heard them apologising because they might have got a decision wrong. For me, that's all you can really ask and this is one player that has great respect for the officials in our division.
Finally this week I just want to apologise to "jpannan" who left me a comment from last week's column. I usually check the comments on a Friday when I get home from work but my home internet access was down and I wasn't able to get on to reply over the weekend.
By the time I managed to gain access it was unfortunately, too late. So JP, I do have an answer for your question and if you manage to leave me a comment this week I'll make sure you get your reply.