By David Brockett

CLYDEBANK midfielder Ryan Deas admits he felt disheartened not to come away with all three points as Clydebank drew 0-0 with Arthurlie on Saturday.

Clydebank picked up their first league point and clean sheet of the league season but the combative midfielder, who was up against his old side for the first time in Clydebank colours, was disappointed at the result. He said: “I felt really confident we could come into this game and get a good three points today but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

“We were strong at the back and managed not to concede which was pleasing but weren’t that great going forward - but we know that’s something we can work on. We just need to rebuild a bit of confidence again and get going at training next week.

“Especially since it was my old club, I’d have loved to have got stuck into them and maybe even have got a goal but it wasn’t to be.”

Deas has been a mainstay of Bankie’s manager Kieran McAnespie’s starting line up this season, starting 10 of Clydebank’s 11 games since joining and says the draw was a good reaction to last week’s 5-0 defeat to Auchinleck Talbot.

He added: “Last week took everything out of us, we got absolute battered - there’s no way to dress up a result and a performance like that. I even went down there last week thinking we were going to do well because we’ve got a strong enough squad to really compete in the top league.

“The gaffer doesn’t go about screaming and shouting - that’s not his way and he didn’t need to either, we all knew that wasn’t a good enough standard from any of us. At the end of the day Auchinleck are Auchinleck and could put four or five past anyone in the league and unfortunately it was us but we’ve reacted well.

“It’s all about getting the monkey off the back so to speak, and getting the first clean sheet was pleasing especially after last week.

“We need to get ourselves off the foot of the table and start picking up points but the only way we’re going to do that is by creating and finishing our chances.”

The 30-year-old joined his local club during the summer having played for a host of junior clubs and says he now feels at home.

He said: “I’m really enjoying it all. Last year at Arthurlie there was a lack of bodies sometimes and it wasn’t that enjoyable to be a part of. The gaffer, Marco [Marc McCulloch] and Flash [Ross Forsyth] have all got the training down to a tee and there’s always a great turn out.

“We’re in a cup final as well so it’s not all doom and gloom, we need to use this as a platform to build on and start pushing up the league.”