By GEORGINA DAVIES
NEWMAINS had no fast forward option in the final stages of their game against Muirkirk last week.
But after looking like they were stuck on standby for long spells, Marc Howson has been replaying things over in his mind ever since.
Injuries to frontmen James Lafferty and Paul Donaghy left them short of attacking options in last week’s 5-0 loss.
But skipper Howson insists memories of the loss will be used as motivation heading into this weekend’s clash with league leaders Lanark United.
He said: “If you’d stopped the game at thirty minutes last week it would have been 2-0 and it wouldn’t look as bad.
“In the first half our attacking points were decent but then we found ourselves two goals down. Muirkirk had two shots early on and scored both so that was disappointing.
“We were in the ascendancy but then we got the injuries and we played the final ten minutes without actually having a striker on the park.
“Muirkirk scored three goals in those last few minutes. The only positive we can take is when Murkirk attacked, we were creating too.
Lanark are eight points clear at the top of League Two and haven’t lost since August. But defender Howson insists they’ve proved they can be more than a match for the bigger guns this term.
He added: “This week has been about getting everyone back into training and getting ourselves ready for the next game.
“We need to try to take the positives and put to bed the mistakes we made.”