NEVER-say-die Elgin City stopper Sean Crighton has blasted his critics after helping the team end their recent win-less streak.
The centre back shrugged off the pain of a torn shoulder muscle to lead City to a rousing comeback victory over Queen’s Park on Saturday.
Elgin’s 3-2 success was their first win in seven games after a barren run during which their defence has come under fire for the amount of goals they have conceded.
But Crighton has urged the City fans to stop giving flak and support the team in their quest to climb back up the League 2 table.
“We’re hearing things like ‘get rid of the centre halves’ and ‘get rid of the full backs’ but for me, we’ve got some good players in there,” Sean said. “As soon as the defence leaks goals too many people are constantly on your case.
“It really frustrates you. We know that we’re shipping goals but you can’t just look at the back four. Yes, we do have to shut up shop but it doesn’t always just rely on the defence.
“It was wee mistakes costing us, whether it was from the goalkeeper or elsewhere in the team. It wasn’t that we were not defending or not trying to do the right thing, but every mistake seemed to be getting punished.
“We know we have let ourselves down, and the first half today (against Queen’s Park) was not good enough. We knew that but we went all out to get the comeback and it was a very good feeling when we came off with a win. We’ve got a good squad and everyone has a good relationship, so now we need to go on a run of results. I believe we’ve got one of the best squads in this league and we can kick on from here.
“I think we can win the championship no problem if we do the right things.”
The former St Mirren defender suffered a badly torn shoulder during the recent league defeat against Annan, and was expected to be out for six weeks.
But Crighton’s spirit and determination saw him pull back on a black and white shirt at Montrose last weekend, just three weeks after his injury.
“If I’m being honest it’s still giving me a bit of gyp, but I wanted to get back as quickly as I could and I’ve done that,” he said.