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‘We have a real confidence about us’ – Brian Reid looks forward to Forfar Athletic

‘We have a real confidence about us’ – Brian Reid looks forward to Forfar Athletic

Albion Rovers manager Brian Reid and fitness coach David Johnstone at first-team training (Photo: Ben Kearney)

Albion Rovers boss Brian Reid says he feels there is a ‘real confidence’ within the squad heading into Saturday’s cinch League 2 match with Forfar Athletic.

The Loons travel to the Reigart Stadium as one of the form teams in the division, having kicked on under the management of ex-Dundee United and Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon.

Ahead of the match, which kicks off at 3pm, Reid told ARFC media: “The break wasn’t as much of a hindrance as you would think.

“Of course, on the back of two 4-0 wins you want to play – but I think the extra week has helped some players shake off niggling injuries and a few are now fully fit.

“Everyone wants to be involved and it is a great place to be at the moment. I felt a real confidence about the group in training. We have momentum at the moment.

“We are expecting a tough game on Saturday against a side that has recruited a few players in this window and is wanting to climb the table. They have a new manager who isn’t going to accept being down at the bottom end of the table.

“We have to go into the game with a confidence about us, we’ve played so well in our last two games and the clean sheets are massive too. We should be confident in both boxes.

“I think it will be a decent game of football and I am hoping for a good crowd. It feels like the attendances have been getting bigger and we need to play well to ensure that continues.”

The boss also gave us an update on injuries within the squad: “We had nine missing up there last time out. Now we only have Sean Fagan, Liam Fagan and Michael Paton still out. We are getting there. 

Albion Rovers centre-back Sean Fagan and boss Brian Reid at first-team training (Photo: Ben Kearney)

“Sean is back running and he is taking good steps forward. Max Wright is also back fit again however he is really lacking match sharpness. 

“Paton is now on the mend but we won’t see him for a while.”

And on the transfer front, Reid is hoping to bring in at least one player.

He added: “I’ve been busy on calls to contacts across all levels of the game. I’d like to get another one in to help the group we already have. 

“We are still in that situation where if we saw one or two pick up injuries, then we’d be down to the bare bones.

“Amaury Testa and Kieran McGrath departed and they haven’t quite been replaced yet.

“We have brought in Joe Bevan and he has hit the ground running but we want to add at least one more to the group.”

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