After a tough start to the campaign, Berwick parted company with John Coughlin and brought in Bonnyrigg Rose manager Robbie Horn. Since then, the Shielfield Park club has won 4 of their last 9 matches with today’s opponents Elgin City being the turning point in their season, according to midfielder Steven Notman.
Speaking to jordanburtfootball.com on Wednesday, Notman said:
“We have picked up a bit recently. I think we have gained a wee bit in team spirit. There is a possibly a wee bit of change in training too – I am not saying that everything Robbie [Horn – Berwick manager] is doing is right and everything our old manager [John Coughlin] done was wrong, but, what Robbie is doing possibly suits the players more as he has simplified things slightly to try get the best out of the group he has got. With the team spirit we have got, it has edged us over the line when in the past we might have narrowly got beaten or not picked up the full points here or there. I know he thinks it is a decent enough start. It was disappointing on Saturday in the Scottish Cup but there are games where it will be tough and we need to dig in. If you look at the weather today, the pitches will just cut up and make games scrappy: there are going to be lots of battles and we just need to try pick up as many points as we can.”
Berwick defeated Elgin 3-2 the last time the teams met and the 31-year-old midfielder would settle for a similar scoreline this time.
“That game was possibly a wee bit of a turning point for us. We were 2-0 down and probably could’ve been another goal behind, but, then we sparked into life a wee bit – I have spoken about that belief we have and that is possibly where the new manager has got the boys to react to him a bit better – and we managed to go on and win the game 3-2. Don’t get me wrong, it’ll be a tough match on Saturday as they are a good team with good players – guys who could be playing at a much higher level. It is always going to be difficult but we will go up there and look to be as solid as we can, then we can build on that and see what we can achieve from there. We have a belief within ourselves that we can compete – even if that means sitting in and hitting them on the break. I am sure the manager will have a game-plan in mind to try get the three points, but, for me personally, a point would be good as well.”
With the following three matches against teams in the promotion play off and automatic promotion spots in League Two, Notman knows it is a big month heading into the festive season.
“Every game is tough. I don’t really look at the fixtures and think “that is an easy run of games”. Every match we play is a battle – some games will finish 2-0 or 3-0 but most are quite tight. It is a tough run, but, we just need to try to pick up points as often as possible to try get away, first of all, from the teams at the bottom and creating a wee bit of a gap; if we can do that, maybe then we can start looking to get into the promotion play-offs.”