By GEORGINA DAVIES
CRAIG SCOTT reckons Newmains hit rock bottom after not seeking the ball enough last time out.
But he knows there will be no hiding place for him if they do the same again this weekend.
United look to bounce back from their 3-0 league loss to Saltcoats Victoria with a West of Scotland second round clash against EK Thistle.
Last season defender Scott played for the League One visitors.
He knows Newmains will have to raise their game to stand any chance of pulling off a second successive shock following their first round shootout win over Whitletts Victoria.
Honest Scott sighed: “The Saltcoats match was the worst I’ve felt after a game in a long time.
“There wasn’t enough fight and there wasn’t enough calling for the ball so I’m very disappointed.
“It’s a big cup game next and if we can’t get it together for that then we’ll be in trouble.
“I know a lot of the boys who we’ll be playing this week. I played with them last year so I’m hoping we do ourselves justice.
“We haven’t done that at all in the last couple of weeks. We should go in, pick ourselves up and battle harder.”
United paid for not converting the chances they created against Vics. After trailing 1-0 at half-time they conceded two more after the break and lost Sean Taggart to a second yellow.
Scott – named man-of-the-match – said: “In the first ten minutes of the second half it looked as if we could get a goal.
“There were a couple of goalmouth scrambles but after that Saltcoats didn’t have any trouble at all. We made it too easy for them so there weren’t many highlights for us.”
Co-boss Craig Gupwell blamed the below-par performance on players enjoying the festivities too much.
But Scott added: “The other teams are in the exact same boat. We need to take a look at ourselves.
“We should be putting in work by ourselves, even if we’re not in training.
“Hopefully everyone has put in the work this week and turns up with the right attitude on Saturday.”
Kick-off at Victoria Park on Saturday is 1.30pm. Tickets are £5 (adults) £2.50 (Under-16s/OAPs). The league season ticket is not valid for this fixture.