FAN POWER CAN HELP US MAINTAIN STRONG START TO OUR LEAGUE CAMPAIGN, SAYS COVE RANGERS MANAGER PAUL
COVE Rangers boss Paul Hartley is hoping the people of the north-east will continue to back our bid to make our mark in our first season playing in Ladbrokes League Two.
We face Albion Rovers at Balmoral Stadium on Tuesday at 7:45pm, looking for a win that would keep us top of the table as we move into the second quarter of our league campaign.
Paul was quick to praise the fans who have turned out at Balmoral Stadium so far - our average home attendance has been just over the 1,000 - for doing their bit to help the players cope with the pressures that come with playing at SPFL level.
“I really can’t thank the fans enough,” said Paul.
“The turn outs at every home game have been magnificent and it has given the players a lift, which is reflected in our results.
“Hopefully another united effort can help us deliver another win against opponents I have the highest of respect for.”
We face Rovers on the back of two successive defeats, away to Stenhousemuir in the league and Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Cup.
Paul is looking for the players to react to those in a positive manner.
“The defeats are history now - the task ahead of the players is to show they have the strength of character to bounce back from the pain of losing,” he said.
“It’s common for teams to go through a wee patch when they aren’t getting the breaks they feel they deserve.
“But let’s not forget we’ve only suffered one league defeat so far.
“The players deserve full praise for our points return after the opening quarter of the league campaign.
“I’m honest enough to admit I just didn’t see that start coming.”
Striker Chris Antoniazzi will miss the game through injury, whilst Ryan Strachan is also a major doubt.
YOU CAN READ THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH PAUL HARTLEY IN THE PROGRAMME FOR THE ALBION ROVERS GAME, WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT BALMORAL STADIUM ON TUESDAY.