COVE ACE SCOTT DETERMINED TO SEE THEM TIGHTEN UP IN WAKE OF DRAW WITH ALBION ROVERS
DETERMINED: Cove Rangers centre-back Scott Ross is eager to ensure there is no repeat of the poor defending seen during the 4-4 draw with Albion Rovers.
COVE Rangers defender Scott Ross says they will have raise their standards if they hope to be among the sides competing at the top end of the Ladbrokes League Two this season.
Former Peterhead centre-back Scott admitted it was “frustrating” to have to settle for a 4-4 draw away to Albion Rovers after leading 3-1 at the interval.
He made no case for the Cove defence as he admitted it was blunders at the back that cost them the opportunity to make it two wins out of two in their league campaign.
Scott is confident the way the game at The Reigart Stadium unfolded will make the Cove back line ever more determined to do their bit in the coming matches, including tomorrow night’s Tunnock’s Caramel Waver Challenge Cup second round tie, away to Brora Rangers.
Scott said: “What happened against Albion Rovers was very frustrating because we should have been able to see the game out after going 3-1 up.
“The reason we didn’t was down to poor defending, which is very disappointing.
“Some teams might have been happy to come away with a draw after equalising so late on but not us because we know we should have claimed all three points.
“If you score four goals away from home you should be winning the game.
“We as a defence have no choice but to hold our hands up and take the blame for that not happening on this occasion.
“We know we can do better.
“Hopefully it will help us as we go into the season.
“We now know it’s going to be a real battle for everything when we go to places like Coatbridge.
“It will be the same up at Brora tomorrow as well.
“We always get a tough game up there because there is a great rivalry between the clubs.
“No matter who plays, we will be looking to defend a lot better in the hope of getting a good result to take into next Saturday’s league clash with Cowdenbeath.”
Cove also had to fight back from losing an early goal for the second match in a row.
They had conceded after just 90 seconds in the 4-1 Tunnock’s Caramel Waver Cup victory over St Johnstone Colts in Perth.
And only 80 seconds were on the clock when Albion managed to grab the opener on Saturday.
“We need to cut that out,” said Scott.
“You won’t always get away with gifting opponents an early advantage.
“We will be aiming to start better the next time - and hopefully get an early goal ourselves.
“The aim is always to maintain high standards of defending over the whole 90 minutes.”
The frustration among the Cove players is tempered a little because the draw in Coatbridge was enough to keep them top of League Two, on goal difference.
“It gives us something positive to build on,” said Scott.
“But we know we have a huge challenge ahead trying to stay among the sides at the top end of the table.”