BARRY Wilson has taken the blame for Elgin City’s shock Stirling Albion defeat firmly on his shoulders.
But the Black and Whites’ new boss has also questioned the desire and will-to-win of his players following Saturday’s alarming Borough Briggs collapse.
Wilson watched his team go 2-0 up against Stirling, before a slump in the last 15 minutes gifted their opponents three goals and victory from a seemingly impossible position.
The manager admitted a substitution he made when his team were two goals up could have contributed to them losing a grip on the contest.
However, he has accused some of his players of shirking tackles and failing to do the ‘horrible’ parts of the game which would have helped them see it out with a victory, and not a defeat.
“I think I sat down on Saturday night and all day Sunday and beat myself up about, it because I made a tactical switch at 2-0 which maybe I didn’t have to do.
I took Dennis (Wyness) off because I felt we weren’t getting him involved. In the back of my mind I thought we possibly needed a third goal and with Gunny’s (Craig Gunn’s) pace over the top we could get that. He had a chance to score and if he had taken that, it would have been great.
“But it didn’t work. I said to the players I’ll take the blame for it.
Taking responsibility for the defeat was one thing, but Wilson feels some of his team need to take a look at themselves and accept they let the fans down on Saturday.
He pointed to City’s terrible record of losing leads this season, a factor which he said cost previous manager Ross Jack his job in January.
And Barry insists he is only interested in having winners at the club, not players who will look for hiding places.
“We need to find which players really want to win,” he said. “It’s easy saying that but there are players who have got a bigger desire than others.
“That’s the way it is and the way it always will be. Some people would tackle their granny for three points.
“But I thought on Saturday there were a couple of occasions when players dipped their toes into tackles, and in the position we are in the league just now, that cannot happen. We’ve got to be winning tackles and winning loose balls and doing all the horrible stuff. I don’t think we did that on Saturday, certainly not when we were 2-0 up."
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