Albion Rovers vs Edinburgh City
Scottish League 2
Tuesday 23 March
The Reigart Stadium
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Brian Reid’s pre-match thoughts:
“City had a great result at Elgin, which is a tough place to go and pick up points. Gary Naysmith has given them a bounce with him coming into the club. It will be physical and they will try and pin us back. The players and depth they have in their squad is exceptionally good for this level of football.
“Games are coming thick and fast, Saturday is now behind us. We spoke after the game, the goal after half-time was unacceptable. It killed us really because there wasn’t much in the match.
“We are at home and we have to go into the game confident.
“Paul (Gallacher) and James (McGowan) are available which is great and they will add a massive amount of experience at the back. Alfie is in my thoughts also as he done very well previous.
“The last match in Edinburgh (5-2 defeat) showed the threat they carry if we don’t defend our box properly. It was set-pieces that we couldn’t deal with so we have to be resolute at the back and defend our box with our lives.
“Scott (Glover) is likely to miss out due to coming off at the weekend with a hamstring strain, we knew this could be likely with the condensed period and we can only hope it doesn’t occur too often. It’s a shame for Scott because it’s through no fault of his own, the players are playing matches after only having a couple of training sessions.
“Gregor (Fotheringham) goes with my best wishes, he is a smashing guy but it just didn’t quite work out. He wasn’t getting games and I wouldn’t stand in any players way. His work commitments made the situation difficult.
“I’d like to bring one more player in if we can stretch the budget.”
City were deserved winners at the weekend up in Elgin.
Talented midfielder Josh Campbell slotted home early on, after great work out wide from former ‘Rovers man Ouzy See.
Robbie McIntyre scored a second shortly after from a set-piece.
Blair Henderson was out of the starting XI which was interesting, although you would imagine they might have had this match in mind for him.
They sit in 5th on 16 points, just out of the play-offs and will be looking to push towards the top end of the table.
James McDonaugh moved onto becoming the clubs sporting director, and the appointment of Naysmith and Grant Murray as assistant shows the level of finance the club has at their disposal.
Even their bench on Saturday looked strong, and they have an organised effective way of playing, we will need to play to our best if we want to take something from the game.