Clydebank manager Gordon Moffat admits he was frustrated to leave Kilwinning empty handed on Saturday after his side fell to a 2-1 loss.

Del Hepburn cancelled out Alex McWaters’ opening goal, but a Carlo Monti wonder-strike seven minutes from time saw Bankies leave north Ayrshire with nothing.

Moffat said: “I need to be clear on it, we just weren’t anywhere near the level required in the first-half.

“We were far too passive and weren’t compact enough to allow us to get near them. In all honesty, we were lucky to go in 1-1.

“I had a bit of a rant at half-time which they took on board and it was almost role reversal in the second-half. We spent a lot of time in their half and had a couple of wee half chances and then it was a bit end-to-end.

“We can’t take anything away from wee Monti because that is an unbelievable hit, but from my point of view, I’m only worried about Clydebank and it was very avoidable. As he drifts in, he’s only headed in one direction and on to his left foot so we needed to burst out.

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“The first goal, for me, was worse. Marc Waters does well to come through a crowd and get something on it, but we’re just stationery. Nobody burst a gut to go and block it, which to be fair we acknowledged at half-time. It’s those fine margins against the top opposition that are hurting us.

“There’s no point in going to places like Talbot and Kilwinning and saying ‘but we had a great second-half’ or ‘we gave them a run for their money’ - we can’t only compete for 45 minutes and expect to take points from games.

“I’m not here just to compete with these teams, I’m here to beat them.

“The guys are all on board with that, they show their quality in training, now it’s just about improving the wee things that can make the difference at the top level.”


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