COVE RANGERS PLAYERS PRAISED BY MANAGER PAUL FOR EARNING FIRST LEAGUE TWO VICTORY ON THE ROAD
GOAL HERO: Matty Smith scored what proved to be the winner for Cove Rangers at Stirling.
COVE Rangers boss Paul Hartley is delighted we have taken another important step forward in our first season in Ladbrokes League Two by winning away from home for the first time.
Goals from midfielder Fraser Fyvie and young striker Matty Smith were enough to earn a 2-1 victory over Stirling Albion at Forthbank Stadium.
Paul is pleased with the way the team performed in what was a tough game played in very warm conditions.
“We played some great stuff, especially in the first hour of the game,” he said.
“It’s our first win on the road, which is great for the team and everyone connected with the club.
“I keep emphasising to the players it’s a long season, so it’s vital we take things step by step.
“This was another one of those and it’s great we have made a strong start but there’s still 32 games to go, so we can’t start getting carried away with ourselves.
“It wasn’t a perfect afternoon because we would have liked a clean sheet, their goal should have been prevented.
“It was a reminder that every game, especially away from home, is going to be tough.
“We said to the players at half-time it was important they didn’t get complacent and kept working as hard as they had been doing.
“When Matty got his goal it looked as if we were going to have a comfortable afternoon but we were left having to hang on a bit at the end.
“But we got the win, which is the important thing.”
Paul praised Fraser Fyvie for not only scoring his first goal for Cove Rangers but also for the way he controlled proceedings from the middle of the park.
“Fyvie was different class,” he said.
“He was head and shoulders above everybody else with the composure he showed.
“It was good for him to get a goal as well - and good that Matty Smith scored too.
“Everybody has contributed so far and long may that continue.”
Paul was also delighted to hear the sizeable Cove Rangers support in the 605 crowd making themselves heard when Stirling Albion were applying pressure in the latter stages of the game.
“Our supporters were great and they really gave the players a lift,” said Paul.
“It means a lot to see them at the games and I’m delighted we were able to make their journey back up the road a happy one.”