COVE BOSS PAUL LOOKING FOR POSITIVE REACTION TO “ABYSMAL “ PERFORMANCE IN DEFEAT AT ANNAN
BRIGHT START: Jamie Masson scores the opening goal at Annan bit we would go on and lose the match 6-1.
COVE Rangers manager Paul Hartley is determined our 6-1 defeat away to Annan Athletic won’t undo all the good work done in our Ladbrokes League Two campaign so far.
Paul described the performance at Galabank as “abysmal” but expects to see a positive reaction when we travel to face Edinburgh City next weekend.
“We will be looking for a bit of a reaction because it’s another tough away fixture,” said Paul.
“We gave got to make sure the players are ready and able to perform better than they did against Annan.”
We had six first team players - including skipper and top scorer Mitch Megginson and midfielder Fraser Fyvie - unavailable for the clash with Annan because of injuries.
That injury list was increased to eight when defender Daniel Higgins was forced to go off after just 12 minutes and left-back Harry Milne also hobbled off early in the second half.
Paul, however, refused to blame that for us suffering our biggest defeat of the campaign.
He said:“I won’t use that as an excuse for us, it was an abysmal performance, simply terrible.
“You have to give full credit to Annan, they were the better team.
“But the manner of the defeat, the manner in which we played, disappointed me.
“It obviously isn’t like us, we have shown on many occasions that we can play a lot better.
“That’s the target in the next game, to show we can do a lot better, all over the pitch.”
Higgins and Milne are now major doubts for the trip to Edinburgh on Saturday.
Midfielder Declan Glass will miss the match through suspension after getting sent-off against Annan.