TAYPORT manager John McGlashan took a philosophical view when he reflected on last Saturday’s DJ Laing League Cup defeat against Broughty Athletic.
“I’m disappointed by the scoreline, but certainly not by the way we played,” he said.
“For a large part of the game, we outplayed Broughty.
“We must have been in double figures for corners, but we just lacked a cutting edge.
“That’s the first match in which we haven’t scored, for a long time.”
During the course of the 90 minutes, the Fed’ relied heavily on set-pieces and it was a long throw-in which proved to be ‘Port’s downfall, but the gaffer said: “I don’t see the game as being about winning and losing.
“I think of it as winning and learning, and we will certainly learn from this experience.
“We defend as a team and the players have to defend these situations better, as if their lives depended on it.
“So, we’ll work on that and sort things out before the league campaign gets underway.”
McGlashan was also keen to state his vision of how his side will play this season.
“Our philosophy is to play a style of football that is pleasing on the eye,” he said.
“We want the players to express themselves and we do have a talented group of players at this club.”
‘Port complete their DJ Laing League Cup programme with a trip to North End Park tomorrow.
The teams shared four goals when they met in the same competition last year and the Dokens will again be tricky opponents.
North End just missed out on promotion to the East Premier League last term, pipped at the post by Downfield, and they will be keen to show that they can cope at a higher level.
In terms of the current situation in the League Cup, Broughty Athletic, with two wins, look likely to top the section.
Violet are yet to record a win, having lost 2-1 to both ‘Port and North End.
If Broughty do lose against Violet tomorrow, it would be possible for the winners of the North End versus Tayport match to join the Fed’ on six points, with goal difference then becoming decisive.
Kick-off at North End Park will be at 2.30pm.