By JOSH KANE
JOSH ANDERSON reckons Newmains need to get their messages across if they’re to deliver again.
United return from a weekend off with a trip to Thorniewood in McBookie.com West Region League Two this Saturday (kick-off 1.45pm).
They’ve not played since the clash with Lanark nine days ago, when they conceded a 2-1 lead to lose 5-2.
Midfielder Anderson thinks Newmains paid for poor communication in that clash and can’t afford to make the same mistake once more.
He said: “The last half an hour of the game against Lanark didn’t go the way we wanted.
“At times we played really well but at other points I thought we were poor and that’s when we conceded.
“In the first training session after the game we spoke about what went wrong and where we can improve.
“We implemented that in training which is important and we’ll try to learn from our mistakes.
“All of us need to communicate a bit better. I think sometimes we’re all playing our own game individually.
“I think we need to be more of a team at times, especially when we are up against it.
“All of us are confident and think we should be further up the league than we are.
“It’s about putting what we’re doing in training into practice and being a bit stronger during games. Sometimes we can be a bit weak.
“I think occasionally we struggle mentally and need to believe in ourselves a bit more.
“Sometimes if we take the lead against the run of play and we don’t think we should be leading we slip up. We need to grind it out and get that mentality out of our heads.
“We showed when we beat Whitletts Victoria in the cup we can compete with better teams.
“I think the defeat to Lanark was a blip and I still think we are going in the right direction.
“It’s a massive game against Thorniewood. They are eighth and we’re 12th and we want to catch them.”
Lanark left-back Craig Stark broke his leg in the clash at Victoria Park after he was caught by Newmains defender Craig Scott, who was booked for the tackle.
Anderson admits both sides understandably let the horror incident play on their minds after the game was restarted in the first half.
He added: “I didn’t feel it was a bad challenge by Scotty because the ball was definitely there to be won but we were all obviously concerned for their player.
“It happened early in the game so there was still a long way to go.
“You just have to get your head down and get on with it and we spoke about it at half-time.
“You don’t think something like that fazes you at the time but after it happened the game got a bit slower and it undoubtedly affected the game.”