YOKER Athletic manager Gordon Robertson believes nothing went his sides way as they suffered a 4-1 defeat to bottom of the league side Wishaw on Saturday.

The afternoon got off to a perfect start for the Whe Ho when Sean Gallacher opened the scoring after just a few minutes but things quickly turned when young defender Josh Watson was shown a red card on his debut for the club.

The visitors suffered a double whammy when Wishaw equalised from the resulting free-kick through Jack Campbell before John Barr netted from a corner to put the home side in front.

Barr got his second and Wishy’s third on 80 minutes before Andy Lindsay sealed the points.

Yoker could have climbed to sixth in the table with three points and Robbo admits the manner in which his side conceded their goals was the most frustrating part of Saturday.

Speaking to the Post, he said: “We started off excellent and should have been 2-0 up and then we lost the ball in midfield, an early ball was played in behind and young Josh Watson has clipped their centre forward and he’s gone down. There are no complaints, it was a red card.

“I felt for big Josh because you don’t want to be doing that in your first game but he’ll learn from it.

“They equalised from that incident so we didn’t have a chance to bed in after being reduced to ten men.

“We lost another poor goal from a corner before the interval but we made a couple of changes at half-time to be proactive and go at them, and we played the better football before conceding another corner. If we had been able to make it 2-2 I could have seen us going on to win it.

“Everything conspired against us but the game changing moment was going down to ten men.

“From open play I felt we were better than them even with 10 men so all you need to do is defend your set-plays.

“We normally keep a man up from set pieces but we brought him back so we had the same amount of bodies in there and the numbers should have matched up but we didn’t do our jobs.

“It was a very frustrating day all round but we need to take it on the chin and move on to the next game.”

Just two games remain of the 2023/24 season for Yoker and despite relegation being extremely unlikely, Robbo is keen to get another point on the board and put that behind them as soon as possible.

The Holm Park side are eight points clear of the relegation zone and would need to fail to take anything from their final couple of games as well as a number of teams below them taking maximum points from their remaining fixtures to catch them.

There’s no fixture for the Whe Ho this weekend but Robertson insists his troops will head into the final couple of games with confidence, despite Saturday’s result.

He said: “We haven’t lost against of the last two teams we’ve still got to play so we need to go in trying to win them so we’re looking for a good reaction to Saturday.

“The league is much of a muchness with everyone able to go on a good run and we could have gone into sixth place with three points.

“A win would have meant we were mathematically safe from relegation as well and whilst it’s still unlikely and a lot of things have to go against us, everything is possible in football.

“Saturday would have allowed us to cement our place and we could have started to thing about next season but we need to go for it again in our next game.”

Yoker host Maryhill next weekend before facing Caledonian Locomotives in their final game of the season in May.