Annan return to Galabank after three weeks on the road
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.