SCOTT DAVIDSON believes neither team created much on Saturday and two lucky goals were enough for Sauchie to lose the match.

A free kick from Alan Docherty and a penalty by Sean Heaver saw Linlithgow Rose take the three points at the weekend with Sauchie left to rue a mix of poor finishing and officiating.

Davidson, speaking exclusively to Advertiser Sport, said: “I thought we didn’t really get started to be fair. They didn’t do much either but they got two lucky goals I think. We just couldn’t get back into it.”

Sauchie’s backroom staff were enraged by the foul which led to the hosts’ opening goal and Davidson also criticised some of the decision making.

He continued: “I don’t think he let the game flow and we just couldn’t get into a rhythm of passing the ball about. It was the same for both sides, to be fair, but it let the game die out, decisions at wrong times.

“It showed [on Saturday] if the referee lets the play go and you can get into rhythm or good opportunities but both teams didn’t create much and the two goals decided it.”

Sauchie had chances of their own, with Brian Morgan, Danny Smith and Aidan Cracknell all testing Dean Shaw. The best chance fell to Jack Docherty, but Davidson insists there’s no point in looking backwards.

He said: “We didn’t take [the chances] and that’s the harsh realities but we go on. We’ve got big games coming up so we can’t dwell on it, we’ve got to push on to the end of the season.”

Sauchie have been on a great run of late and have only lost three of their last 15 games. Davidson says it’s imperative they don’t allow this blip to derail their momentum.

“It’s important of course,” he continued. “The boys in there are a great bunch and we’re sticking together.

“We haven’t dropped our standards, it’s just been luck and [that missing] rub of the green but I think in the next couple of weeks we’ll get back to our usual selves and dig deep.

“We can’t dwell on today, we just need to push hard. there’s some really big games coming up and we need to look forward to them.”

Davidson now sports the captain’s armband and has settled in well to life in the Wee County.

He added: “It’s brilliant, they’ve welcomed me in superbly [from] the gaffer and the boys to the staff. “They’ve been superb, it’s been brilliant.”