Stand-in Captain Mark Lawson admitted things are improving on the pitch after earning a 2-2 draw against Highland League Cup finalists Nairn County.

 

“That’s eight points from the last five games, the Buckie game was a bit of a blip we have now started to build a run of games and at home we’re looking like an improved team and we’re not making it easy for teams to come here now. Between now and the end of the season we just want to pick up as many points as we can, we’re already one place better off than we finished last season so we just need to keep going into every game starting with our next game at Brora next Wednesday.

Saturday was a really good, hard battling performance from all of the boys. Cruicky up front was tremendous while at the back we defended really well. I’d say the goals we conceded we pretty poor to be honest, we didn’t match the runners and that caught us out with losing two goals at that point.

It shows the spirit that we have in that changing room for us to then come back and get back into the game especially with Thoirs’ goal. Duguid had a good lay-off and having creating a number of openings ourselves we deserved something out of the game.”

The 29 year old felt the change of system under Mark Gray and Douglas Baxter has seen an improvement in team performances.

“We changed things around at the break with Darren Wood replacing Michael Clark. We tightened up at the back, Doug had a few words about us trying to take on midfielders and allowing us to push up as a team. Apart from one sclaffed effort towards the end where Andy had to knock it round the post I don’t think they had too much to troubles us and we looked to be taking the game to them a bit more. It’s a point which was deserved, the win maybe got away from us.

We’ve went back to a 3-5-2 the last couple of games after playing a four against Buckie Thistle. I think with the number of games which are coming it keeps the players and the team fresh by changing things around. There are a lot of boys looking to play, Neale Allan was sitting on the bench and he’s been a regular right back but we’ve got the options to play different formations which is good for us but we’ve looked solid as a unit with three at the back. I think it aids our midfield with the likes of Thoirs who scored again, Glenn has really come onto his game at the moment.”

Having played alongside a number of defenders since signing for the club in September 2014, the former Inverurie Loco Works player has been impressed with one of his fellow defenders in recent weeks.

“One person who has gained regular football since the change of management is Sean Croll, he’s been in the middle of defence and has played really well, and he’s very composed on the ball. He’s not the most dominant of centre half’s but he can get the ball and play it and myself and Woody either side have helped him in the three and I enjoy playing beside him.”

Part two of our interview comes tomorrow morning when we look at a new role for the defender off the pitch.

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