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Shire v Stirling match reaction

Binos boss Greig McDonald praised the battling qualities of his players as they earned a 1-1 draw against East Stirlingshire at Ochilview on Wednesday despite playing the second half with 10 men.

Gary Thom headed us in front but was sent off for denying Michael Herd a clear goalscoring opportunity and Jordan Holt equalised just before half-time.

He said: “Six weeks ago we would probably have lost this game but the boys put in a heck of a shift. I’m not one for making excuses but we had a lot of players missing due to injury and illness and a few guys played who shouldn’t have.

“We look capable of winning games and you can see the fight and desire among the players. We played some really good stuff in the first half and created a lot of chances, just as we did at Montrose on Saturday.

“The red card changed the game because we were dominating. Some of our boys thought it was harsh, as there were defenders getting back, but others thought it was the right decision.”

Shire manager John Coughlin said: “We had loads of pressure and opportunities around the box in the second half but we didn’t create enough chances. I wouldn’t have thought it was a great watch for the fans – there were two teams making a lot of mistakes out there – but I’m disappointed we didn’t open up a gap on Stirling.”