Clyde will travel to Montrose tomorrow for an IRN-BRU Third Division match, over fourteen years after the two sides last met on league duty.
The Bully Wee will be without several key players for the trip to Angus. It has been confirmed that, despite playing on, Marc McCusker suffered a dislocated collar bone in the Annan Athletic match and he’ll be joined on the sidelines by Connor Stevenson. Hadyn Cochrane continues to be ruled out and it’s very unlikely that Willie Sawyers will be fit enough to play.
A pragmatic Stuart Millar spoke to the official website this afternoon:-
“Marc being out is a big blow. He was in discomfort on Saturday but wanted to play on and now we are awaiting the results of x-rays to confirm the extent of the damage. Connor is also out as he has aggravated a slight tear in his thigh, which again is frustrating as Connor enjoys playing on astroturf.
“The other disappointment is the absence of Willie Sawyers who is struggling with a virus and was sent home from his work yesterday.
“Meanwhile, Haydn Cochrane – although back training with the squad – remains a bit away from returning to first team action as he needs to build up his fitness.”
Despite the squad being down to the bare bones any new additions to the squad seem unlikely in the immediate future…
“The budget will not allow another addition to the squad,” Clyde’s head coach continued. “Simply, one player has to leave before another can join. We still are looking but any new player has to be able to hit the ground running to provide an immediate boost and improvement. We can’t afford to have someone who may take three or four weeks to get up to speed.”
Stuart turned to his thoughts to the game and Clyde’s current form…
“I say it as I see it and sometimes that will work against me but that is me. I do acknowledge that we have been poor at times but on more than one occasion I believe that luck has deserted us. I think I’ve used all my luck up at Stranraer!
“It’s not doom and gloom though. Given the spirit that the players demonstrated last night maybe we should switch the games to Thursdays rather than training! We do need to ensure we transfer the good work from the practice pitch to the matchday performances. Maybe some have struggled with the expectation but we have to get through that and start getting results.
“It’s bad enough not winning home games but to lose so many players makes it an extreme situation, but we will get on with it and work together to try and get that win that we all want.”