IAIN DIACK certainly played his part as Sauchie won their first game since November by edging out Tynecastle on Saturday.

The Reds gaffer was forced to pull on his boots as the club's injury crisis continued to plague the side and the former Albion Rovers man managed an hour before cramp got in the way.

Diack then watched his side take the lead thanks to Ross Crawford's expertly placed header before they saw out the game to end a six game run without all three points.

The manager told Advertiser Sport: "It was quite a scrappy game, but I felt we were well-organised from back to front and had a good shape about us.

"On another day, with the amount of clear cut chances we had, it could have been three or four in the end.

"It was okay being back out there and I felt fine fitness wise it was just that I got a wee bit of cramp after like 50 minutes and had to go off.

"We had a wee change to the shape and went for a 4-4-2 and that suited us a wee bit better with the personnel we had.

"We did the simple things and played with the ball in good areas."

Sauchie were once again down to the bare bones and only had 12 fit players for the match.

Ant McTaggart and Stewart Houston were both suspended, while Mark Finlayson failed a late fitness test and the game came a week too soon for Darren Cummings.

Although many from the outside have looked at Sauchie's winless run with concern, the gaffer insisted he hadn't been too worried by it and wanted to look at the results in perspective.

He added: "I know we haven't won a game in quite a while, but when I look at it we've lost to two top teams in Dundonald and Bonnyrigg.

"In the other two games, we put in two good performances and should have beaten both Bo'ness and Dalkeith.

"If you delve a little further into it, I've not been too alarmed. The only thing that has alarmed me has been the squad and the amount of injuries we have picked up."

Meanwhile, Crawford notched his fourth goal for the club when he nodded home Stevie Dolan's cross in from the right.

The 20-year-old has hit the ground running for Sauchie and Diack was full of praise for the young striker.

He added: "Since we brought Ross in he has been excellent. At Camelon, he was up against five strikers so was finding himself out of the team.

"But here, if he works hard and does the rest of the things well then there's no pressure on him scoring every match.

"He's a big lad, but also very mobile. He always runs the channels and I think he's got all the attributes to be a really good striker."