Stirling Albion boss Dave Mackay has warned his players that there will be changes required in January following a string of poor results by the Binos.
Talking to the press after Tuesday’s defeat to Stenhousemuir, the former St Johnstone player said:
“The way we started the second half, Jesus Christ…we told them about how important it was to start the second half right, but then we concede a goal within the first minute; then we concede a second one – the first goal is from a set-play and the second goal, albeit a great finish, is from a throw-in! Unbelievable! I’m not taking anything away from [Ross] Meechan as it was a great strike but he is the one who took the throw-in, before swanning onto the edge of our own box unmarked!
We gave ourselves a mountain to climb but the reaction from them is unacceptable. There is just an acceptance at the minute once we go a goal behind – they are just feeling sorry for themselves. I won’t’ accept it and there’ll be changes here, big changes: they have had more than enough chances, so, the only positive I can take out of today is that it is January which means we can do something about this.”
Asked if this was the end for some of the current squad, Mackay replied:
“For some of them, yes, as I have given them chance after chance and they repay me with performances like that; if guys are incapable of taking on information or carrying out what you are asking them to do, then of course you need to change things. Some look incapable of even making a simple 10 yard pass at the minute! We were flying and now we are in 5th place – the run we have been on is absolutely shocking. There is no doubt about it, if we didn’t have the start we had, we would be sitting near the bottom of the table right now.
We are on an horrendous run [of form] but there aren’t enough of them in there [the dressing room] who are wanting to do something about it! There is very little fight, very little digging team-mates out if they make a mistake and we just can’t have that. You can see that that is the difference between Stenny and ourselves when we are out there [on the park] – they have men, we have got little boys at times!”
Mackay doesn’t fault the squad’s work-rate, but admits his players “don’t do the right things” often enough.
“We don’t make the right decisions whether it be with or without the ball. Some of the stuff we do is schoolboy stuff! It is embarrassing to watch at times and the second half today [Tuesday] is probably one of the worst I have seen in my times at the club. We will try our best [to get players in for the Berwick match on Saturday] but it might take longer during this window, but, there’ll certainly be players going out the door and there are certainly new faces needed. There’s no doubt about it, we need to freshen things up.
We got off to a great start [at the beginning of the season] and everything was great; it is easy to play football when things are going for you and you are winning games. Now we are finding out what some players are really like because times are tough and the challenges are there but we have failed miserably over the past two months, to be honest.”
Questioned over what he said to the players post-match, the Binos boss said:
“I have told them all and they understand that there is some of them who have been given so many chances but have failed to deliver recently. There is only so much you can take and I just hope they are disappointed too but, you don’t know what is going on in dressing rooms these days as, as soon as I walk out the music seems to go on and everything is forgotten about. It just doesn’t mean enough to some of them and that isn’t the type of player I am wanting at my club.”
Asked on an injury update on Hearts-loanee Callumn Morrison, Mackay confirmed it didn’t look promising for the teenager.
“He’s taken a bad one, it looks really bad; his ankle is really swollen at the minute so it doesn’t look great. It looks as though it might be ligament damage: some guys are saying he got a kick on it before the boy has came over the top and he has went over on his ankle but I can’t really see it due to being over the other side of the park; unfortunately for him, it looks a serious one.”