DEREK Carson praised his Neilston side’s reaction after they put last weekend’s poor result behind them with a much-improved performance and a 3-2 win away to Whitletts Victoria.

The Farmer’s Boys fell to an embarrassing 3-2 loss at home to Championship whipping boys Larkhall Thistle with Carson and fellow co-manager Chris Cameron demanding more from their side.

They got their wish as Neilston opened the scoring early on against the Vics on Saturday thanks to a powerful Euan Clark header but went on to concede two quick goals to go in trailing 2-1 at the break.

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Despite the scoreline, the visitors were by far the better side for much of the second-half and deservedly fired themselves back into it with 15 minutes remaining after Alan Frizzell got the better of Martin Fraser in the Vics goal before Simon McBryde popped up with a timely winner to secure maximum points at Dam Park Stadium.

Carson had challenged his side to adopt a winning mentality after the Larkhall defeat and was delighted with what he saw at Dam Park Stadium.

He said: “I’m very pleased with that. It was a very good performance from the boys. I thought the scoreline actually flattered Whitletts a bit to be honest - it could have been a very comfortable result if we had taken our chances. 

“It was one of those games where we gave away two chances in the match and conceded both times. Aside from that we were on top for the full game and deserved the points.

“I asked for a reaction after last week’s Larkhall game and the boys gave me exactly that. Every single one of them, including the subs, all played their part which was the most pleasing thing for myself and Chris.

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“They knew themselves that they let the club down last week. They turned up with the wrong attitude. You can’t do that in this league or any league for that matter. We had a meeting after that match about the attitude and how they approach games and the boys all agreed that they treated it wrong and it wouldn’t happen again. They were all desperate for Saturday to come and they did a great job against Whitletts.”

Next up as Neilston look to build on their Whitletts win is a trip to Merksworth Park to face Dalry with Carson hoping the winning feeling will carry them on to another three points.

He added: “Dalry are a decent side. We played them right at the start of the season and they beat us 2-0. 

“Their best player Ian Cashmore is suspended which is a bonus for us.

“The boys got a buzz with that winning feeling again so we’re desperate to keep that going.”