Yet another big game beckons

Paul McManus slides home the winning goal against Albion Rovers last time the teams met.

Paul McManus slides home the winning goal against Albion Rovers last time the teams met.

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After the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat to Queen’s Park another tough encounter is on the cards for Arbroath tomorrow (Saturday).

The Lichties head for Coatbridge to play third placed Albion Rovers, who are six points behind the Gayfield men.

Rovers, after a successful cup run last season, were fairly busy in the transfer market during the close season and many people fancy them to make the step up to League One.

Arbroath won the previous meeting of the teams in August when a Paul McManus goal was enough for victory in the second league game of the season.

Allan Moore’s men were far from disappointing performance wise against Queen’s Park on Saturday, the forwards simply didn’t have their shooting boost on.

A similar type of performance at Cliftonhill with a better end product should result in a win for the league leaders.

Reflecting on the encounter with the Spiders, Moore said: “Performance wise, we totally dominated the game from start to finish.

“We can’t let ourselves get caught the way we did in the first minute.

“We went a little bit bold and took our defender off and put another striker on to win the game instead of draw it.

“But these things come along, we can’t be too disappointed with the boys. I thought they were magnificent again today, the passing in particular.”

And he paused for a moment to consider how difficult it is breaking down Gus McPherson’s men. “Queens Park have got a decent defensive record. The goal in the second minute set them up and they just got everybody behind and they tried to hit us on the counter and that’s what they did. We’ve got to learn from it and march on.

“We’ve got to make sure that we concentrate. We lost that goal from a throw in from 10 yards inside the half.

“Kevin Nicol was already on a booking and couldn’t really do much. It was a lack of concentration on our behalf. We knew they were a man down at the back so should have made sure there was no throw in to start with.

“The sucker punch at the end, that sometimes happens when you’re pushing a team hard, but we just have to take it and march on to next week.

“The boys have been 
magnificent.

“Queens Park got behind the ball, their system plays that way and they hit us on the counter so we can’t begrudge them the win.”