DERGVIEW supremo Richard Clarke held a team meeting this week after his side, for the third time in three weeks, were defeated 2-1 in a game they should have won.
On Saturday there was a feeling of deja vu around Darragh Park as opponents PSNI produced a smash and grab raid to take all three points.
As in previous weeks the home side dominated the game, squandered a bagful of goalscoring opportunities and then conceded two preventable goals to narrowly lose the game.
It was an all too familiar feeling for Clarke and that result means Dergview will have to win their remaining six games to have any chance of gate crashing the promotion party.
“We had a team meeting on Tuesday evening to thrash out a few things and come up with a few fresh ideas. Basically we wanted to see what the players think themselves,” said Clarke.
“We are losing matches that we should never be losing. Saturday was one-way traffic. We played some great football at times and I feel sorry for the players. Anyone watching the match on Saturday, only one team should have won it.
“The goals we conceded were calamitous and the chances we missed were unbelievable. “
On Saturday the Castlederg side welcomes North West neighbours Institute to Darragh Park and Clarke insists his players can’t afford to be feeling sorry for themselves.
The ex-Portadown midfielder stressed his players need to show pride in their performance and be in little smarter in their approach.
“Institute are in pole position in terms of the promotion play-offs,” added Clarke.
“I suppose Saturday is all about having a wee bit of pride in our performance.
“The fact is we have played some good football at times in the games we have lost. We are not putting the game to bed, we have to address that.
“We are not mathematically out of it but it’s a long way back. We have just got to knuckle down and try and end the season on a high.
“We’re not giving up on it. Saturday is a derby match and we want to be winning it, like we do every match.”
Clarke has meanwhile confirmed that coach Peter Allen has left the club by mutual consent.