Liam O’Donnell insists Lothian Thistle can nonetheless be part of EoS high desk



Lothian Thistle winger Liam O’Donnell is assured they’ll do the double on Tranent to spice up their slim hopes of a high 5 end in East of Scotland Convention B.

Hosts Tranent can be anticipating retribution only a week on from final week’s assembly at Saughton Enclosure, which noticed Lothian run out 2-1 winners due to first half targets from Dylan Moore and Jamie Docherty.

Raymond Carr’s aspect, who’ve been dominant within the East of Scotland League for a number of years and simply narrowly missed out on the championship final season in a final-day title decider with Kelty Hearts, face an uphill activity to safe a top-five spot and a assured positioned within the high division subsequent season after being granted their SFA licence in August.

Lothian at the moment sit ninth with three matches remaining and are 4 factors off fifth place Crossgates who’ve a sport in hand, however O’Donnell insists they’ve the idea they’ll do it.

“It was a great outcome contemplating we solely had 11 match boys and our two centre halves have been out [Connor McGregor and Grant Munro], I feel we did nicely,” stated the 25-year-old on final week’s match. “We needed to reshuffle a wee bit and usher in a few the 20s boys.

“To be trustworthy, contemplating their [Tranent’s] league place, I assumed they have been going to be a proper good aspect, however I assumed we have been sensible. I at all times say to the boys earlier than the video games that we are able to get a outcome if we put our thoughts to it, and we did on Saturday. Hopefully we are able to do the identical once more tomorrow.

“From eighth to fourth it’s type of anybody’s actually. If we are able to get ten factors from our final 5 video games, I imagine we are able to get within the high 5 – and we’ve bought three already. I undoubtedly imagine we are able to get three factors on Saturday and hopefully in the remainder of our video games as nicely.”

O’Donnell is used to having fun with success on the membership, so this season has been notably robust. Dropping key gamers in the summertime, together with Scott Taylor MacKenzie to Kelty and Louis Swanson to Bonnyrigg Rose, didn’t assist, however O’Donnell feels the gamers solely have themselves accountable.

He continued: “This season has been tough contemplating what it was just like the final two or thee years, undoubtedly. I feel we solely misplaced one sport final season within the league [just pipped to the title by Kelty Hearts] and we’ve misplaced 9 this yr. It’s tough to take.

“We misplaced just a few boys from final season and it’s been onerous to switch with groups who have gotten larger budgets. I’ve loved it, nevertheless it has been tough.

“We simply should try to promote the younger boys – I don’t suppose Lothian have gotten that large a finances – however we may undoubtedly appeal to gamers due to the identify.

“I assumed that we might’ve completed so much higher. At the beginning of the season it was poor, and I feel a variety of the boys have underperformed, myself included; I don’t suppose I’ve carried out to the degrees I had the final couple of years. It’s all the way down to us as gamers to repair it the rest of our video games and hopefully get into the highest 5.

“The final couple of years when now we have performed the type of larger sides now we have crushed them. I simply suppose that with dropping a few boys, we haven’t changed them with that type of high quality that we had earlier than. We’ve solely bought ourselves accountable, there was video games that we’ve not carried out after we ought to’ve and we’ve beat off the likes of Burntisland who we might by no means have gotten crushed off earlier than.

“We have to man up. We’ve nonetheless bought so much to play, to try to get within the high league – which I imagine can be higher than the Lowland subsequent season. I feel we are able to do it and hopefully we are able to.”



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