POLLOK, who sit seventh in the league, are capable of better according to boss John Richardson.
A disappointing first half led to a 2-2 draw against Glenafton at the weekend.
Next Saturday, the Newlandsfield faithful will expect nothing less than a win when bottom dogs Arthurlie visit.
Manager Richardson told ExtraSport: “Performances like Saturday’s first half are unacceptable. With the quality of our squad,a top four finish, and that is a minimum requirement — sixth or seventh simply will not do.”
On Saturday, 31-year-old striker Richie Barr, who signed from Irvine Meadow this summer, scored both late goals.
With 15 new players on the books from last season, the coaching team has a tough job on their hands to get the squad up to scratch.
John continued: “The new boys will take time to bed in, so this week will be all about getting back to basics.
“Our work on the training ground will be about making the team gel.
“With the players we have, we want to be up there, breathing down Auchinleck’s neck.
“The boys have faced a lot of criticism though, but they deserve some credit. We have only lost one game and we are in a cup final — there’s a long way to go.”
Saturday’s must-win league fixture kicks off at 2pm, at Newlandsfield.