It’s far from Rover, says boss Harper
QUEEN’S PARK ..............2 ALBION ROVERS ...............2 Albion Rovers boss Kevin Harper insists his side are making progress after their draw at Hampden.
Rovers fell behind inside 13 minutes as Dom McLaren met Ciaran Summers looping header at the back post.
The visitors levelled the game almost instantly as Shaun Rodgers prodded in a chipped Ben Reilly cross.
The relegationthreatened outfit then took the lead as Gerard Hernando Escuriola split the defence and the former Spiders midfielder Gregor Fotheringham slipped the ball under Kieran McDougall.
Lewis Hawke headed a second-half leveller to prevent the visitors taking the first win of Harper’s reign.
Despite the disappointment of leaving with a solitary point, Harper felt the bottom side have made improvements since he took over.
He felt that there were clear reasons to be optimistic despite the seven-point gap from safety.
Harper said:“In the first half we should have been more than one up. In the second half we were under pressure, but we had our chances.
“I can’t really remember our goalkeeper making many saves, so in the changing room we were all disappointed.
“I’ve said to the players that it’s a positive though. We had brought in a few players and had only trained one day this week.
“We are positive because we feel we are heading in the right direction but disappointed not to get three points. We know what we’re trying to do and it’s just about getting that win.”
The gaffer feels that the result in Glasgow and the draw with Annan show that they can close the gap at the foot of League Two.
“We’re disappointed we’re not closer to Berwick, but there are a lot of games left. We have Berwick to play twice, so the season for us started last week against Annan.
“Mistakes are costing us and we need to cut them out. Throughout the whole club there is a belief that we are on the right track. If the fans and the people in the club don’t see that we are progressing they must be watching something different.”
Goal Shaun Rodgers is mobbed. Photo: Ben Kearney