East Kilbride Thistle boss Alan Paterson admits his plan to stifle expectations on the Showpark backfired dramatically after they beat Tremendous Premier facet Arthurlie final week.
The Jags are unbeaten in pre-season forward of their first aggressive matches towards Blantyre Victoria tonight and Cambuslang Rangers on Saturday, having received 5 instances in 5 video games.
Their newest win arrived final Wednesday night after they shocked Arthurlie Three-2 away from dwelling they usually now head into their Sectional League Cup matches this week on an enormous excessive.
However Paterson revealed: “I really took the sport on to attempt to deliver the boys again right down to earth a bit after the beginning we’ve needed to pre-season, however that didn’t go to plan as a result of they had been sensible.
“I assumed this might present them it’s not going to be simple and there’s nonetheless a bit of labor for us to do however I can’t actually fault them with the efficiency they put in.
“It wasn’t a smash-and-grab or something like that – and Arthurlie had been at full energy. We stored the ball rather well and Arthurlie’s committee had been very complimentary to us after the sport.
“For as soon as I used to be extra happy with our defensive facet of the sport than the rest. You would see the onerous work Paul Bain and John Brown have been placing in, engaged on our defensive form.
“Arthurlie are three divisions above us, so to go and beat them in their very own again yard is implausible.
“It’s given us one other wee increase.”
A double from Scott McKean and a Dougie Ryan strike delivered the victory for Paterson’s facet, who had been by no means behind at any level.
However the true checks begin now with the journeys to Blantyre and Cambuslang adopted by dwelling ties with Vale of Clyde and Glencairn subsequent week.
“It’s right down to the nitty gritty now,” stated Paterson. “It’s a troublesome group and, whereas I don’t anticipate us to be whipping boys, I don’t anticipate us to win it both.
“We’ve had all of the groups watched and I’d say Cambuslang are the favourites to high the group with the gamers they’ve introduced in.
“However no one expects us to do something on this group, so the strain is on Blantyre and Cambuslang.
“What I’d say is the boys are taking part in with a little bit of swagger now as a result of they wish to show folks flawed.
“We’ve been written off for this season since I got here in, however there’s a successful mentality right here and we wish to maintain it going.”
Tonight’s conflict at KG Stadium is 6.45pm and Saturday’s match with Cambuslang is a 2pm kick-off at Somervill Park.