By Jonathon Reilly

Bathgate Thistle will journey up the M90 tomorrow to face Dundee Violet desperate to make up for the disappointment of last Saturday’s 2-0 league defeat at home to Haddington Athletic.

The Jags currently sit eighth in the East Premier League and are three points clear of their upcoming opponents who are three places below, albeit with a game in hand.

Bathgate boss Andy Colley is confident his side will atone for the errors which cost them so dearly against Haddington and is fully aware of what is required in order to leave the City of Discovery with a victory.

He said: “We need to press higher up the park and have more urgency in our play both when we have the ball and most importantly when we don’t. We need to deny them space as they are on a good run at the moment.

“The starting 11 are good enough to compete with any team so I am expecting nothing less than three points.”

After watching his squad struggle to cope with the testing November weather on Saturday, Colley also acknowledged that it could play a decisive part tomorrow afternoon on the east coast in determining who comes out on top.

He said: “I will be expecting a physical game and who can adapt to the conditions quicker could have an advantage as the pitch will be very heavy.”