Clydebank manager Gordon Moffat insists he took encouragement from his side’s display at the weekend despite losing his first game as Bankies boss.

Cammy McClair’s goal wasn’t enough as Chris Dallas scored twice from the penalty spot to give Pollok a narrow win at Newlandsfield on Saturday.

And Moffat said: “It was a really sore one to take for what we put into the game. I thought we were excellent, I really did, but it was two poor decisions for the penalties.

“I still don’t think the first one is a penalty. I think Shaun Fraser did well to hang a leg in and buy it, but it was a poor decision to come out by Marc.

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“For the second, Liam Rowan has said he’s momentarily switched off and let him get goal side and he’s just tugged him back. Outwith the two penalties, I thought the workrate was outstanding and our goal was excellent. If I’m over-critical, there were a couple of times we got in and maybe didn’t have that final pass or composure.

“Murdie’s [Lok boss Murdo MacKinnon] comments were quite nice at the end, he said they’d got away with one and a couple of players said it was a robbery so it’s nice of the Pollok boys to be gracious in victory.

“It’s strange to be saying to the players that I’m delighted with them after losing three points, but it was hard to fault what we put into it. As I said last week and the week before, in terms of our composure and our play, that’s going to improve.

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“We’ve got such a good foundation with the heart and the workrate we put into games at the minute, it’s very encouraging.”

Bankies now take a break from league duty as they face Carluke Rovers in the second round of the Scottish Junior Cup this weekend with Moffat adding: “It’s a tricky venue. It’s wide open with the running track and if it’s windy it can be very awkward.”

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