COVE MIDFIELD ACE DANIEL HOPING FOR MORE LUCK AS THEY TRAVEL NORTH TO TAKE ON INVERNESS CALEY
MIDFIELD BATTLE: Cove Rangers’ Daniel Park almost has the shirt ripped off his back during the 0-0 draw with Dundee in the Betfred League Cup.
DANIEL Park is praying the woodwork doesn’t deny Cove Rangers again when they take on Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Betfred League Cup on Tuesday, 7.45pm
Cove travel north to the Highland capital in a confident mood after running Peterhead and Dundee close in their previous Group D games.
They lost only 2-1 away to the Blue Toon before holding Championship side Dundee to a 0-0 draw at Balmoral Stadium before losing out on the extra two points on offer by going down 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out.
Cove might have taken more from both games if Harry Milne hadn’t seen two shots hit the bar against Peterhead and Daniel suffer the same fate when his effort rattled the woodwork in the meeting with the Dark Blues.
“Those are the sort of efforts you need to see going in if you are to have any chance of beating sides from higher levels in cup ties,” said Daniel.
“We can only hope we are a bit luckier up at Inverness if we get shots at their goal because we know it’s going to be another very tough game.
“Like Dundee, they are full-time with aspirations to make it back up to the top flight in the coming season, so we are very much the underdogs.
“We also lost 2-0 up there in the same competition last season, so we are well aware of how good Inverness are.
“But we’ve already proved we can make it tough for sides everyone expects to see beating us.
“I doubt if anyone would have been backing us to already have a point when they saw our opening two fixtures.
“We won’t be given much of a chance in Inverness either but we will be going up there aiming to work as hard as we can to make sure they at least know they have been in a game.”
The Cove players were understandably boosted by managing to hold Dundee to a draw.
“Even though we lost the penalty shoot-out we were still pleased with how we played,” said Daniel.
“Dundee were in the Premiership only last season and have a squad full of really good players but we went toe to toe with them all the way.
“It was hard going, you had to do a lot of running off the ball to match what they were doing, but I felt a draw was a fair result.
“And that’s despite the fact we were still without some of our regulars because of injuries.
“Delivering a similar performance up in Inverness will be a challenge, but that’s what we will be attempting to do.
“No matter what happens, these games are the best preparation we could possibly get for our first season playing in League Two.
“You know when you walk out on the pitch you are going to have to put in a shift to stay in touch.
“It’s great for fitness and if you can do well against the sort of sides we are having to face it does make you feel more confident when you finally get back to taking on teams at your own level.”