SAUCHIE boss Fraser Duncan is a much happier man after two emphatic performances totally transformed the mood of the club.

The last time the gaffer spoke to Advertiser Sport he described the mood as a 'real low point' following back-to-back defeats from winning positions.

However, in the last seven days, two positive results has Duncan looking to the future in a much better light.

On beating Lothian Thistle HV, he said: "It was a great result, I said that to the boys on Saturday. It's been a long time coming, we've worked hard to get ourselves here and this week has been very good for us.

"I think the win against Kilwinning [last Wednesday] and then to get a result on Saturday; if I'm being honest they always looked like they were going to be the two toughest games of the season and Wednesday was a really tough game but on Saturday I really think we were a level above. We could have went on and scored more.

"Credit to the players, they worked hard, gave it everything they've got and we looked organised, disciplined and we just looked like we were going to do everything the right way on Saturday.

"It felt really good to be on the touchline and feel comfortable and confident that we were going to go on and do well."

One player the manager was keen to praise was Ant McTaggart, who is finding himself more involved with the first team.

Duncan continued: "The only thing I done different was put McTaggart in front of the back four just to protect them a wee bit, to stop them getting balls into the striker's feet and he was excellent, he worked his backside off.

"He done superb and credit where credit's due; he's done really well. He's had to wait to get his chance and get himself in and the last two games he's been superb – he's been excellent."

Duncan always knew Saturday would be a tough game, but he's confident his team can give anyone a game.

He said: "If you look at [Lothian Thistle's] previous results, I'm thinking it's going to be a very difficult game, but I said to the guys if we play like we did against Kilwinning, keep things tight and make it difficult for them then we've got as good a chance as anybody.

"That's the thing with this league, I think anybody can beat anybody. There's no one team that have stood out to me.

"As soon as the game started, the first 10-15 minutes, I could see the tempo we started with and after that I never expected us to lose the game if I'm being honest.

"That just shows you how good the boys were because the only thing I'm disappointed in is we didn't score more goals. But, I'm still happy. Three points was the most important thing and we got that.

"Kilwinning – they're probably the best side we've faced this year – to go and get a result against them and win that cup tie was excellent.

"I said to the boys, this has got to kick-start our season, and that starts on Saturday, and in that game on Saturday we continued it on.

"Now we need to get some players back from injury, settle the squad up and in the next few weeks keep making sure we're putting points on the board. The aim is to continue and push on from here."