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Nairn County manager demands better against Buckie Thistle despite firing five past Lossiemouth

By Will Clark

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Ciaran Young. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Ciaran Young. Picture: James Mackenzie.

MANAGER Steven Mackay says Nairn County will need to put in a much stronger performance against Buckie Thistle than they did when they thrashed Lossiemouth 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Nairn are set to welcome Buckie to Station Park in arguably the match of the day in the Highland League tomorrow afternoon.

Nairn were too good for Lossiemouth on Wednesday night as they cruised to a 5-1 win as they bounced back from a 6-0 hammering at Inverurie Locos last weekend.

Mackay says Nairn have to approach the match against one of the league’s heavyweights differently compared to how they played against Lossiemouth on Wednesday night.

He said: “It will be a tough game and we’ll probably have to look at personnel, even after a good 5-1 victory. We need to look at how we approach the game.

“We need to restrict the space a lot more than we did on Wednesday, otherwise it could be another Inverurie Locos 6-0 scoreline, which we don’t want.

“Hopefully we can put in a strong performance. We did that against Brechin City a few weeks ago and what we lacked was the cutting edge.

“We’ve hopefully addressed that now with the players we’ve brought in.

“Hopefully we will give them a good game - let’s see what happens.”

Nairn were left shellshocked last Saturday when they were thrashed 6-0 at Inverurie.

But Mackay was pleased with their response against Lossiemouth on Wednesday night.

“It was important we got the win, first and foremost and by any means. We were looking for a much better performance, with the ball and without it, and we got that.

“Lossiemouth were a bit stuffy at times and got their equaliser, but I always felt confident we would take more chances and get more goals, especially with Ben Barron up top.

“I was happy with the performance, although there were areas where we were too open and a better team might pick you off and score more goals. That’s something we need to look at for Saturday, but overall I am delighted to bounce back and get a good win.”

Ross Tokely will be back from suspension following his red card last weekend.

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