IN THE DUGOUT | January 8th | QUITTERS canít be winners.
By IAIN KING, Head Coach, BSC Lowland League brought to you in association with Sport Careers
QUITTERS can’t be winners.
I have a T-shirt with that emblazoned across the front, it’s a quote from five-time world boxing champion Evander Holyfield.
Got to admit I’m the sort of sad man who buys into sayings like that, words to cling to in hard times.
As a coach they don’t come more painful than going to your old club, seeing a player you regard highly sent off, your team fail to perform the way they can and losing 4-0.
So you could say I was lower than a snake’s belly on Saturday night after our gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of East Kilbride FC at K Park.
We could choose to grasp at straws like the proof positive that Tony Wallace had NOT dived under my old player Craig McLeish’s challenge when we should have had penalty with the game delicately poised at 0-0.
Yet the facts are that we went on from there to allow the gifted Craig – on loan from League Two Clyde – to dictate the match in a dominant display.
For all the emotion that will always be tied up in so many of us at BSC returning to K Park it was our own ill-discipline that let us down and no-one will know that better than Aaron Murdoch who was red-carded for his retaliation to a touchline tackle.
Aaron will pay the price for that, sitting out games now and he has been told in no uncertain terms that any repeat of behaviour like that won’t be tolerated.
Yep, it was hard to take but there is no point in dwelling on the negativity of one sub-standard performance.
I firmly believe the club is moving in the right direction, the week before we were hugely unlucky not to emerge from a 2-1 loss at Spartans with at least a point and Dougie Samuel’s side sit proudly in the last 16 of the William Hill Scottish Cup.
We are already planning for NEXT season and putting together a squad we feel will contend at the top end of the table.
There will be further tweaking in January if we can achieve it with the playing staff and when the nightmarish weather settles I simply pray we get into some sort of routine of training twice a week and playing on a Saturday.
Before the Spartans match on December 27 we had not played competitively since the 3-1 SFA Challenge Cup win at Abbey Vale that sealed a third win on the spin on November 22 and put us into the last 16.
There is no question all the postponements home and away since that game have shattered the momentum we were gathering and surely backed up my belief in a winter shutdown but we have to pick ourselves up now.
This season is about education in what is required in the Scottish Sun Lowland League for BSC Glasgow both on and off the park.
In the last campaign, in the dugout for Saturday’s rivals EKFC, Craig Young and I learned some bitter lessons.
We will roll with the punches again and come off the ropes ready for the fight once more.
What’s most important is that we establish standards for our young squad, both in habits as players and in how to show discipline and respect as people.
Those are the qualities that I believe build a football club in the RIGHT manner.
We fell below those standards at the weekend but as a coaching staff we will learn from that and use it as fuel for the fire from here on in.
Evander’s right. Quitters can’t be winners.