Published: 16/08/2014 06:00 - Updated: 15/08/2014 09:47

Rothes boss ready to read riot act

SHATTERED by Rothes’ midweek North Cup crushing at the hands of Elgin City, manager Graeme Roy is taking the rap.

Graeme Roy has signed a new deal.
Graeme Roy took the rap for Rothes' cup defeat against Elgin.

But the Speysiders boss has warned his players he will be taking a hard line on any shirkers in the squad from now on.

Roy was a forlorn figure after his team’s 8-1 home defeat against a merciless Elgin, and blamed himself for putting a patched-up team out against higher league opposition.

“The majority of the blame for this one rests on my shoulders,” he said. “I played boys out of positions, injured and asking boys to come back in.

“We just seem to be getting call-offs every day and it’s not easy, but it’s just one of the things we’ve got to take.

“I’ve got to hold my hand up and say I’ve maybe let them off too much by not being a stronger character and allowing them to take the p*** a wee bit. But that’s going to change from now on, they know that now.”

A week earlier, Roy was buoyant after watching his team beat Lossiemouth 3-2 in a league derby.

Saturday’s 4-1 league loss at Formartine United and Wednesday’s cup calamity has drained confidence gained from that result, and the Rothes boss knows he must pick his side back up for this weekend’s visit of an on-form Fraserburgh team.

Full story in Northern Scot print version.
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