McDonaugh: City can’t fall further behind league leaders


McDonaugh’s City led for most of the season (Credit: Ross Cowper-Fraser)

Edinburgh City manager James McDonaugh has urged his side to keep winning games as they look to close the gap to Peterhead in the Scottish League Two.

City have been league leaders for much of the season, but following a 1-0 loss at Clyde on Saturday, they are now five points behind Peterhead with nine games remaining.

McDonaugh’s men bounced back from defeat with a 1-0 victory over Berwick Rangers on Tuesday, but the manager admitted City can’t afford to fall any further behind.

He said: “There probably was more pressure to be fair [on Tuesday] because we don’t want to fall further behind.

“Peterhead could’ve gone eight points ahead of us yesterday so we wanted to hang in there, that’s what we did.


“At this stage of the season we have more points than the team that won it last season; Montrose had 55 [points] after 27 games and we’ve got 58, so it shows you how well we’ve done.

“But it also shows you how good Clyde and Peterhead are as well. It’s just been a terrific league and sometimes you’ve got to just look at other teams and say how well they’ve done as well.”

City have been outstanding defensively this season, with goalkeeper Calum Antell claiming a clean sheet in almost half the games he has played.

However, McDonaugh admitted that he wants more creativity from his side going forward in the push for the title.

He added: “I would like to see a little more created in the final third.

“That’s the one thing we have to work on.

“We’ve played 27 league games [and] we’ve had 13 clean sheets in the league which is a fantastic return. Almost every second game, and Blair Henderson [has] obviously scored a fantastic amount of goals.

“I think we just need some other players to chip in with a bit more creativity and goal scoring.”

City head to Queen’s Park on Saturday, a team they have beaten three times already this season.

Although McDonaugh is aware beating them for a fourth time will be difficult, he added that there is now an added impetus on winning games as their destiny is now out of their hands.

He said: “You could say we have to win them all.

“We’re in a good position to still be challenging, we just want to try and win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season.

“If we were to finish top four and make the play-offs that would be a fantastic achievement. What I’m trying to say is eighth would have been an improvement because we finished ninth last season, and that’s a fact.”

“So to go from ninth place, fighting relegation, to then be going into a promotion play-off is fantastic. I think people maybe just get a bit carried away when you’ve been top for a lot of the weeks of the season.

“I think at the end of the day if we were to finish top four, three, two, one or whatever, it’s still a great achievement to be going in with something to fight for in the play-offs.”

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