Annan target first home win
Annan are hoping to follow up their excellent away win over Elgin by bagging their first home league win of the season this weekend.
Manager Peter Murphy oversaw a convincing 1-0 win up at Borough Briggs last Saturday, with the Black and Golds dominating the title contenders on their own patch before weathering a late comeback to claim all three points.
Now he’s targeting picking up his first league points at Galabank as Annan welcome third-placed Stenhousemuir tomorrow.
Murphy said: “We were delighted with the win last weekend. We were very happy with the clean sheet but there are still areas to improve.
“We started really well which is something we had been working on, starting better. We missed a few really good chances though and I was a bit unhappy with that.
“We expected a reaction from Elgin in the second half and the boys were put under real pressure but they did really well to get out with a clean sheet.”
Former Queens striker Aidan Smith showed great composure to slot home the penalty which took the spoils and Murphy was pleased for the 20-year-old after performing “really well” over the start of the season.
The Elgin win followed another long trip north up to Peterhead in the IrnBru Cup the weekend before. Murphy gave the squad Tuesday’s training session off to refill the gas tanks before a strong Stenny side arrive.
Murphy said: “We need to start picking up points at home but we’ve got to be realistic. It might not come tomorrow.
“Stenny are a big physical side, they’ll be a different proposition to Elgin. We need to stand up to that challenge and hopefully we’ll come away with the points.”
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