NO DANGER OF US BEING COMPLACENT IN PLAY-OFF FINAL REMATCH, SAYS COVE DEFENDER RYAN
DETERMINED: Cove Rangers defender Ryan Strachan.
COVE Rangers centre-back Ryan Strachan has promised Berwick Rangers they will be shown total respect in this weekend’s SPFL Pyramid Play-off final rematch at Shielfield Park.
Cove face their League Two hosts 4-0 up from the first leg but Ryan insists there is no chance of anyone in their camp thinking its already job done as the sides prepare to go head to head again in the scrap to see who will be playing in League Two next season.
“It would be easy to get carried away because we are four goals ahead but we’re not that sort of team,” said Ryan, whose defensive partnership with Scott Ross has been key to Cove’s success so far in the campaign.
“Don’t get me wrong, we are happy to have a good lead but we also accept making that work to our advantage is the next challenge.
“We didn’t overly celebrate after the first game because we knew it was far from done, that we had another huge 90 minutes ahead of us.
“We now have to see if we can play as well in that as we did in the first leg.
“Everyone watching could see how one sided the first match was.
“There is almost no reason why we can’t go down to Berwick and be as dominant again but it’s going to take hard work.
“The good thing is we have a team full of reasonably experienced guys who know that and will be determined to go there and get the job done.”
Ryan is particularly pleased they are travelling south on the back of having recorded yet another clean sheet, their 33rd in the 53 matches played in all competitions.
Even more so because they had been warned Berwick’s towering striker Daryl Healy was likely to prove to be among the toughest they had faced so far in the campaign.
Ryan said: “He’s six foot four and certainly puts himself about.
“Healy is also pretty mobile for such a big man, he can move when he has too.
“But we managed to nullify the amount of balls into him, which is vital when you are up against strikers as good as he is.
“If we can do that again then we would have a great chance of finishing the season off with a clean sheet as well, which would be brilliant.
“But that’s not me saying we are expecting that.
“I’ve been in football for a while now to know never to take anything for granted.
“But I’ve also never seen a dressing room so focussed on what needs to be done to get where we want this club to be.
“It’s what we have been gearing up for the whole campaign, especially when everyone knows we fell short last season.
“We are determined to make sure that doesn’t happen again so will be treating Saturday’s rematch as if the teams are still level and we both have everything to play for.”