We know we have the quaility to see off ‘Kirk

Tayport's  Gav Wilson punches clear a dangerous cross ball.
Tayport's Gav Wilson punches clear a dangerous cross ball.

John Ovenstone has called on his side to show more urgency when they meet Muirkirk in the Scottish Cup tomorrow.

The two played out a dull 0-0 draw on the Canniepairt on Saturday so have it all to do again.

While the ‘Port boss had asked his side to be patient against a defensive Muirkirk at the weekend, he now wants them to flex their muscles at Burnside Park.

He said: “Frustration is the word which springs to mind.

“We knew Muirkirk would come with a solid, defensive game plan and I’d told the players to be patient.

“Maybe they were too patient as we played the ball around and didn’t show enough urgency, especially during the first half.”

Two substitutions and a tactical alteration brought a slight improvement in the second half.

Assistant manager Steve Kerrigan introduced Alan Tulleth and Connor MacLeod to proceedings and switched to a diamond formation in the middle of the park.

“It was the right call from Steve, as there was more tempo in the second half, but it still wasn’t good enough,” said the boss.

“We have to be big enough to step up to the mark and should have the quality to do better.”

Ovenstone, however, was keen to stress that there were positives to be taken from the game.

“The main positive is that we’re still in the cup,” he said.

“Also, we kept a clean sheet and I thought the two substitutes did well.”