An­nan re­turn to Gal­a­bank af­ter three weeks on the road

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORT -

Stu­art McFar­lane

An­nan re­turn to Gal­a­bank for the first time in over a month on Satur­day - but are be­ing warned to be more ruth­less if they want to keep up the pace in the League Two play-off hunt.

They face a home dou­ble-header in League Two in the next fort­night, be­gin­ning with the visit of Cow­den­beath on Satur­day af­ter three con­sec­u­tive away trips in­clud­ing marathon jour­neys to Rothes and El­gin in league and cup ac­tion.

Those games were fol­lowed by last week’s visit to Ham­p­den to take on high-fly­ing Queen’s Park, who en­tered the game on the back of four straight wins.

How­ever, de­spite claim­ing a hard-earned goal­less draw, boss Peter Mur­phy says his side could have claimed all three points.

Mur­phy said: “We dom­i­nated the game in the first half - we hit the bar, had two one-on-ones but we didn’t take our chances and then they prob­a­bly had the bet­ter pos­ses­sion and a few chances in the sec­ond half.

“We’re ac­tu­ally dis­ap­pointed with the draw be­cause it would have been bet­ter to get all three points and we need to learn to be more ruth­less in front of goal, es­pe­cially with where we are in the league be­cause we dropped to fourth with the results.”

The next two home games rep­re­sent a chance for An­nan to boost their strong points tally against sides be­low them in the league, ahead of a hor­ror run against the league’s top three sides in December.

But Mur­phy was only fo­cused on the threat posed by Gary Bol­lan’s Blue Brazil at the week­end.

He added: “We’re look­ing for­ward to be­ing back at home, but it will be a tough game on Satur­day against a side that are fit and are set up to play per­cent­age foot­ball.

“We have to make sure that we do the ba­sics right and that we cap­i­talise on any mo­ments of quality we have in the game be­cause it will likely be less open and with fewer chances than last week, so again it’s about be­ing ruth­less.”

Steven Swingle­hurst and Jack Bran­nan re­main out for Satur­day’s game - with the cen­tre-back set to miss four to six weeks with an an­kle in­jury.

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