By KEVIN CRAIGENS
NEWMAINS saw players hobble off against Muirkirk.
But co-boss Paul Davies insists blaming their display on that would be a lame excuse.
Striker James Lafferty was forced off in the second half before Paul Donaghy limped out later on.
It left United down to ten men for the rest of the match.
But Davies insists the best team won on the day and said: “It’s definitely our worst result this season. At half-time it was a really tough team-talk.
“We told the boys we had all the ability but we were showing none of it and we should all have been disappointed in our own performances.
“At full-time the dressing room was very quiet. The boys were hurting.
“We all said we need to get more from the squad, on the park and off it.”
Muirkirk were bossed by former Newmains manager Kevin Muirhead.
Davies had nothing but praise for Muirhead’s work and said: “Kevin has done a good job down at Muirkirk.
“But we were just poor on the day. Our own performance let us down.”
This clash had been reversed to Muirkirk’s Burnside Park with United’s Victoria Park unplayable.
The Ayrshire outfit were soon looking at home too as they went in front through David Edwards on 25 minutes before Keenan McVey put them 2-0 up soon after.
United had it all to do during the second half but they failed to gain any ground on their hosts.
Jordan Conlan nodded in Muirkirk’s third on 79 minutes before Edwrads grabbed two more in the final ten minutes to complete his hat-trick.
A daunting trip to league leaders Lanark United is next up for Newmains and Davies knows a lot of work needs to be done between now and Saturday’s clash.
He added: “We need to dust ourselves down, get back to training and work on the stuff we should have sorted last week.
“We seriously need to have a think about our tactics. It’s going to be tough between now and the end of the season as we’ve got a small squad.
“We only have around 18 bodies. We’re going to lose Craig Scott for a while and he’s been a key player for us.
“We have one or two injuries too so we might have to dip into the transfer market before the window closes at the end of the month.”