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BERWICK Rangers caretaker boss Ian Little is facing the first big test of his temporary reign as manager ahead of today’s long haul to Peterhead.

BERWICK Rangers caretaker boss Ian Little is facing the first big test of his temporary reign as manager ahead of today’s long haul to Peterhead.

The Wee Rangers make the journey to Scotland’s north east looking to bounce back after last weekend’s home defeat to Clyde.

For Little, the 2-0 loss was the first time Berwick had dropped all three points since he took charge after Jimmy Crease’s departure.

He knows they must pick themselves up and return to winning ways – starting today at the Blue Toon.

He said: “I know they have not had the best of seasons so far, but Peterhead is never an easy place to go.

“We were not at our best against Clyde but this is a massive learning curve for me and the important thing is I know I have still learned something, which hopefully I can take into the Peterhead match.”

Of the Clyde match, Little admits, while some of his team under-performed, that tactically he made the wrong call from the start by being too attack-minded.

He added: “We started off with three up top but I realised early on it was not working and it was only when we went back to 4-4-2 we picked up a bit.

“One or two players just were not at the level they have been in recent games.

“We looked okay going forward, but in that situation we have to be able to defend as well.

“We managed to create a few chances, but really we did not have the final spark and, while we got a few shots in, it is fair to say we never tested their goalkeeper.

“It was my first defeat as manager and of course it is hard to take.

“I have to look at myself and say is there anything I could have done different but as I have said, I am still on a learning curve here.”

Meanwhile, Berwick goalkeeper Ian McCaldon has had his request to leave the club accepted as a persistent back injury has ensured no first-team action at all this season.

 

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