LET’S SHOW WE HAVE LEARNED FROM OUR MISTAKES, SAYS COVE RANGERS DEFENDER DANIEL
IN CONTROL: Cove Rangers defender Daniel Higgins breaks up a Cowdenbeath attack during our 3-2 victory at Balmoral Stadium.
COVE Rangers defender Daniel Higgins is determined to see them sharpen up at the back after leaking six goals in their last two Ladbrokes League Two matches.
Centre-back Daniel was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s league clash with Stirling Albion at Forthbank Stadium, 3pm.
Cove manager Paul Hartley expressed disappointment at the quality of the defending in our 4-4 draw with Albion Rovers and 3-2 victory over Cowdenbeath - especially after also seeing us surrender two goal leads in both matches.
Daniel agreed defensive standards will have to improve if we are to continue our strong start to the league campaign.
“Those last two league games were a real eye opener,” said former Kilmarnock player Daniel, who is poised to move into a flat in Cove to save him having to commute from Glasgow to play for the club.
“We started the campaign brilliantly with the 5-0 win over Edinburgh City but then let ourselves down badly against Albion, we really should have seen that game away after going 3-1 up.
“We also let it slip after going 2-0 up against Cowdenbeath, although we were still able to come back and win that one.
“It’s vital that we show lessons have been learned.
“We must be more switched on to how much you need to maintain high standards from the beginning to the end of every match in this league.
“The gaffer was right to highlight that.
“It’s a case of tightening things up by cutting out the individual errors and maintaining our concentration, especially when we are ahead.
“The only good thing about those last two games is they have been early in the season.
“It means we have time to sort it all out as we move through the campaign.
“We’ve had our wake-up call, the task now is to show we are a lot better defensively than those two results might suggest.
“We are going to have to because results like we had against Edinburgh are pretty rare in this league, the majority of the matches are decided by a goal either way.
“There will be times when a clean sheet could mean the difference between one or three points, that’s something we have to be mindful of.”
The 21-year-old is one of a sizeable group of players who were with clubs at higher levels before moving to Cove Rangers during the current transfer window.
Daniel was at Rugby Park and also played for Celtic and Dundee, with Fraser Fyvie (Dundee United, Aberdeen, Wigan and Hibs) Nathan Meres (Dundee) and Jamie Redman (Montrose, Peterhead, Arbroath and Brechin City) the others happy sign on to play in League Two for Cove.
Declan Glass and Matty Smith (Dundee United) John Robertson (St Johnstone) and Chris Antoniazzi (Aberdeen) have also been taken in on loan deals from higher division sides.
Daniel claimed that’s because the arrival of Paul Hartley as manager has made Cove Rangers a massive attraction to players.
He said: “No disrespect to Cove, but before the gaffer came here I didn’t know a lot about them, other than the fact they seemed to win the Highland League most seasons.
“But now everyone speaks about them, even down in Glasgow.
“Every time I go back home there after our matches the people I meet know how we have got on and speak about how our games went.
“We seem to be the club everyone has taken an interest in at the moment and the bulk of the credit for that has to go to the gaffer.
“It has also put extra pressure on us because people are also saying we are certain to go on and win our league.
“We know that’s nonsense because it’s our first season at this level, but we’re determined to do our best to ensure people still have reason to keep speaking about us.”