By JOHN NOLAN
GORDON BRUCE reckons Newmains are realising they can’t rely on ability alone.
United’s four game unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Johnstone Burgh last week.
Goalie Bruce’s heroics between the posts ensured the margin of defeat wasn’t bigger.
As they look to put the reverse behind them with a clash at in-form Saint Anthony’s this Satruday (kick-off 2pm), Bruce said: “I think we were lacking a bit of desire last week.
“Maybe we just thought we’d get the result but we need to know hard work is a talent on its own. It’s not just going to happen for us, especially at this level.”
Veteran Bruce pulled off a string of fine saves but insists the end of their run won’t get to them.
He said: “I don’t think it’ll affect us too much. I think we’ve surprised quite a lot of people, including ourselves, so the confidence is there.
“The team spirit is there and I think it will come back and we can bounce back quickly.”
United struggled on the vast Keanie Park pitch in Renfrewshire. Bruce added: “I think it’s about going back to basics.
“You can try to play beautiful football when you can but sometimes it’s just a case of digging in, putting tackles in, winning headers and working hard. If we do that the results will come back I’m sure.”