By KEVIN CRAIGENS
IT’LL soon be the time of year when footballers pack their bags and head off on holiday.
But Craig Gupwell is asking how much his players want to stay at Newmains.
Once more United were made to pay for a poor start, as they shipped three goals inside the first half an hour then saw the visitors double that advantage after the break.
United’s blank means they now haven’t scored since they drew with Muirkirk on April 13.
That’s left co-manager Gupwell wondering if the players are focused enough ahead of their final game of the season at home to Thorniewood on Saturday.
He said: “We’ve had three terrible results now with terrible performances. We asked the boys to perform and show us they want to be here.
“We told them in the dressing room it doesn’t look like they want to be playing here.
“As a player I would have thought when you’ve lost 5-0 to Ashfield you’d want a reaction going into the next game but there have been heavy defeats in both games since. It has got to be a question of self-pride for every one of those players in there.”
Despite losing by six goals there were still some good individual performances in red shirts. Youngsters Liam Sneddon and Lewis Wilson battled well against an experienced St Anthony’s side.
Gupwell said: “We had young Liam out wide and big Lewis in the centre of the park. Both have come in from an under-19s team. Both are only 17.
“Although it was a poor team performance I think the two of them can hold their heads high. Maybe we need to bring young guys in who want to be here. Guys like those two want to show they are good enough to play at this level.”
Keeper Martyn Meek also proved to be crucial to United as he helped keep the score in single figures.
Gupwell admitted: “You can tell Martyn is deflated. No keeper wants to be conceding the amount of goals he has been conceding.
“He kept the score down and it’s a case of hoping he can find that in him to keep going because it must be hard for him too.”
Three heavy defeats have seen United drop back into the bottom two in League Two on goal difference with Saltcoats Victoria.
While United host The Wood in their final game of the campaign on Saturday (kick-off 2pm), second-placed Lesmahagow travel to Ayrshire.
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