SAUCHIE boss Iain Diack has praised his players for their start to the season despite a home defeat at the weekend.

Diack's side went down 3-1 at home to Tranent on Saturday despite dominating for large parts of the game before going to 10 men.

The former junior side sit in sixth place after two games and Diack insists that he is pleased with the start his side have made considering there were 10 new faces and a jump up in quality from their former league.

He told Advertiser Sport: "I'm disappointed at losing in a game we completely dominated in the first half. Then for about 15 minutes we went to sleep and it cost us dearly then we get a man sent off.

"We can have no complaints apart from that. Performances have been so good for a young team, so as long as we continue to keep putting the same effort and commitment in then we will be fine."

Diack, who played for Sauchie before taking the hot seat in the summer, added that he is confident his players will bounce back this weekend against Camelon in the Alex Jack Cup first round.

He continued: "I am sure they will bounce back. For me, the emphasis is on the performances. If you get enough good performances then the results will come.

"You get managers who kill players' confidence by focusing on defeats, but that isn't me, I like to look at the bigger picture. The players are still bedding in so I don't think that we will hit our top gear until around Christmas."

Off the pitch, Diack will take part in a Meet the Manager evening on Friday, August 31 at their ground, where fans will have the chance to find out what is happening within their club.

The gaffer said it's a good opportunity to bond everyone together.

He said: "I'm looking forward to it. It's just an informal night where we can have a couple of drinks and let the fans in to how we are working and what we are doing.

"I want everyone to be doing this together. It goes a lot deeper than just the 11 men on the pitch."