Jamie Redman insists Cove Rangers will not allow standards to slip after their blistering start to life in the SPFL.
The 5-0 over Edinburgh City was a dream start for the Aberdeen side but they quickly have to shift attention to St Johnstone colts tonight in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup.
Saturday’s result took many by surprise but for Redman, who has been over this course before with Peterhead and Montrose, said heads will not get carried away on the basis of one result.
He knows the kind of standards that need to be set to remain a competitive outfit and even with the change of competition and a move away from a senior opponent, performance levels cannot drop.
Redman said: “It’s pretty hard for people looking in not to take notice, winning 5-0 on the opening day. But we’ve got our own expectations and won’t get carried away. We know the preparation that goes into every game and that’ll continue.
“It’s going to need total application, week to week at every training session and looking after ourselves off the pitch. We’re not getting carried away – it’s only one game and three points.
“We need to build on that but it’s a fabulous start. There’s a focused group in that dressing room and I’ve noticed that since I came here. Standards have been set and we need to keep them up.
“The manager has made it clear he wants us to win every game. You know you’ll have bumps on the way and it’s probably not possible to win every game but that’s how we’ll approach. We won’t look on it differently because it’s a cup game.”
Mitch Megginson and Harry Milne were pivotal players in their promotion to the SPFL and underlined their quality with braces against Edinburgh.
Redman, 32, was a surprise inclusion after missing the entirety of the Betfred Cup through an injury picked up in pre-season.
Redman added: “It’s really my first full week of training since I picked up a knock in pre-season. I was fit – I just had to be ready. You’ve got to be ready to play. I was delighted to start and the result makes it even better. My first competitive game for Cove is one I’ll remember.
“Mitch knows himself he could have added to his tally but he scored the historic goal. He gave them a lot of problems is always dangerous.
“Harry Milne scores a lot of goals from left-back. The second one was a really composed finish from the centre of the box with people diving in on him.”