By Neil Hobson
Ger Rossi has admitted that his Rovers squad must work harder if they are to go into the new EOS season looking to improve upon last year’s eight-placed finish.
The manager was speaking after Rovers crashed to defeat against Whitehill Welfare last night, with the Rosewell outfit winning 4-0 in a pre-season friendly after Peebles conceded two early goals in the opening five minutes of the match- a problem that Rossi is keen to ensure will never happen again this season.
Speaking to peeblesrovers.com, he said; “The one thing I said to the boys after that was how we need to grow up. We’re not going into the new season accepting anything less than the standards that management have set.
“Losing two daft goals inside the opening fifteen minutes was disappointing. Against a Lowland League team like Whitehill you simply cannot afford to switch off, you have to find your feet quickly.
To find a positive, I thought it was a decent workout for ourselves. It was two mistakes and a daft penalty we gave away that killed us, and our focus must now be on being sharper and quicker.
Despite the disappointment from last night’s defeat, the gaffer insists much was learned ahead of Monday night’s Borders derby with Vale of Leithen;
“We’re still very early on in pre-season and we’re playing good opposition; it is what it is, the team is still comprised of many young guys and the whole squad needs to start growing up.
“Vale will provide an interesting test, we’ve still got a few experienced guys like Smithy and Zav missing. We’ll move on from this quickly, and I’m more than sure the guys will be ready for the challenge on Monday night.”