THE Berwick Rangers players would really have to go some not to respond to the demand of an improved performance from last weekend.
A crushing 6-3 defeat at the hands of Stirling Albion is not going to be a hard result to top today when Queen's Park visit Shielfield Park. That loss was Berwick's heaviest defeat and worst performance of the season by far.
Manager Ian Little was at a loss to explain what went wrong at Stirling, although he did concede that an awful lot did go wrong.
He insisted there wouldn't be a repeat of those mistakes against Queen's Park. Little said: "The defence was non-existent and the players know it. This is without doubt a wake-up call. Stirling put the ball in the box four times in the first half and scored each time.
"Quite simply, we did not do enough but now we have to deal with it and work hard in training and hope we can bounce back against Queen's Park."
Berwick could do with a win today after slipping out of the play-off places in recent weeks. Little isn't overly worried about his side's form, but he does feel that history is against his club finding any success in this month.
He said: "We have got the ball down and passed it well in recent weeks, but the breaks haven't always been with us, and like a lot of teams I don't think refereeing decisions have helped.
"There is also the fact that we haven't won a home league game in December since 2008, so that is something else we will be trying to put right when we take on Queen's Park.
"It's a well-known fact that over the past few years Berwick have struggled around the turn of the year. It's something I can't put my finger on, but we will just have to try and put that right this weekend."