Bro­gan blasts de­fence

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John Bro­gan has blasted his Al­bion Rovers de­fence after the Coat­bridge side fell to a 3-1 de­feat against An­nan on Satur­day.

A glo­ri­ous Lewis McLear free-kick threat­ened to spark a Rovers come­back when he made the score 2- 1 at Gal­a­bank.

But the fi­nal score means Rovers re­main at the foot of the League Two ta­ble with four points to their name after the first round of games.

Rovers picked up their first win of the sea­son last week­end when they cruised to a 3-0 vic­tory against fel­low strug­glers Stir­ling Al­bion.

But Bro­gan be­moaned the “bad habits” that reared their ugly heads again in Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

Speak­ing to club me­dia after the game, he re­vealed: “I’m dis­ap­pointed.

“I thought that, at 2-1, we had the up­per hand in the game but the three goals we’ve lost are ter­ri­ble.

“The first is a stupid penalty kick and then it’s poor de­fend­ing for the sec­ond and third.

“We missed a good chance at 0-0 and then Jamie Wat­son has missed a sit­ter and we get pun­ished for it. “That’s the harsh re­al­ity.” Bro­gan con­tin­ued: “It’s just

poor de­fend­ing.

“We’ve done well re­cently and have only lost two goals in our last three matches.

“But un­for­tu­nately it was back to bad habits to­day.

“Play­ers weren’t do­ing their job and An­nan put their chances away so fair play to them.”

De­spite Rovers’ poor start to the sea­son, last week­end’s win means they are within touch­ing dis­tance of the teams im­me­di­ately above them.

Cow­den­beat h and Stir­ling Al­bion, with whom Rovers drew with and beat re­spec­tively for their only points of the sea­son so far, sit on six points with the in­ter­na­tional break com­ing up.

There is an ex­tended break be­fore the next league game due to a Scot­tish Cup week­end fall­ing straight after this week’s in­ter­na­tional break.

And Bro­gan added: “I think the team can turn this around, but it’s hard for them.

“They’re play­ing against boys that have been es­tab­lished for years.

“They work hard but the poor de­fend­ing against An­nan was dis­ap­point­ing.”

On tar­get Lewis McLear

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