It’s far from Rover, says boss Harper

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Sport Round-up -

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

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