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East Stirlingshire match reaction

East Stirlingshire match reaction

Stirling Albion boss Greig McDonald felt his side were unfortunate to leave Ochilview empty-handed after going down 3-1 to East Stirlingshire on Saturday.

The Binos played for more than an hour with 10 men after Scott Davidson was sent off for aiming a kick at Kevin Turner and we took the lead through Mark Ferry early in the second half. However, three goals in the last 20 minutes from Scott Maxwell, David Greenhill and Nathan Shepherd earned Shire their first league points of the season as Albion suffered a fourth straight defeat.

McDonald said: “I can’t quite believe we have walked off there with nothing. Even with 10 men I felt we were the better team and John (Coughlin) said to me after the game it was a travesty we hadn’t got anything. I don’t think anyone who was here could dispute we were value for at least a point.

“I can’t fault the guys’ commitment, especially after going down to 10 men so early on. I thought we handled that well, caused them problems and deservedly took the lead. At 1-1, unfortunately Mark Peat made a mistake and that is our Achilles heel at the moment – individual players making errors.

“Scott Davidson has hurt us with a moment of madness. He has let his team-mates down and the supporters down. He has to live with that but we will discipline him for his actions. It was a sending off – there are no two ways about that.”

East Stirlingshire manager John Coughlin said: “I don’t really know where the first-half performance came from but we were absolutely dire. We were really poor, especially against 10 men. Thankfully, things got better after the interval and our quality players came up trumps with individual pieces of skill that turned the game.

“You could see a fluency return to the team after the equaliser and we went on to win comfortably in the end but we will still have to show considerable improvement if we want to get ourselves out of the position we find ourselves in.”