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Albion Rovers manager Brian Reid is targeting January additions after injury troubles failed to subside for the weekend draw with Cowdenbeat­h.

The‘wee Rovers picked up a point in the 0-0 tussle against League Two’s basement club, keeping them within touching distance of the promotion play-off spots. Cowdenbeat­h striker Liam Buchanan’s penalty was saved by goalkeeper Cammy Binnie.

But injury problems led to young duo Kieran Dolan and Corey O’donnell starting in attack, with key forward Kyle Doherty – recently on trial with English Championsh­ip club QPR – diagnosed with a fractured foot.

And Reid says the transfer market may be needed. He said:“we’ve still not got much luck in terms of injuries.

“We still have a lot of players out but the players are working and battling away, and that’s all you can ask.

“Kyle Doherty’s got a fractured bone in his foot. He’s in a moonboot just now so he won’t be back playing until January at best. He’s young enough so maybe he’ll recover quicker. It’s a blow, especially for the man himself.

“We’ve not had our troubles to seek this season in terms of injury. We still have Declan Byrne out, Lewis Wilson, Max Wright – these are all experience­d players. Jamie Leslie went off injured on Saturday and I hope he’s okay as I don’t think I’ve had a full squad at any point.

“The January window is coming as well so I probably need to add a couple of players then.”

Reid reckons a point was right in Cowdenbeat­h but disagrees with the penalty his men faced.

He explained:“the pitch was quite heavy on Saturday so it wasn’t a great game. It wasn’t ideal and it was a battle. I don’t think we played as well as we could have in a passing sense.

“But we battled away and worked hard. You’ll always take a point away from home. We had a couple of chances at the end where we could have won it.

“They missed a penalty which shouldn’t have been, so justice was served on that one. The exact same thing happened in their box (with no penalty), so that was a funny one.

“They had a goal chopped off but they didn’t create too much outside of that. A point was probably fair.”

Rovers could move one point outside the promotion places and the top four this Saturday with a win at Cliftonhil­l against fourth-placed Stranraer.

Reid added:“we still need to try and win our next game as League Two is still quite tight, apart from Kelty and Forfar pulling away at the top. The rest are not too far off each other.

“A win can make you jump two or three places. Stranraer have been decent recently but we want to make use of home advantage.”

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Reinforcem­ents Reid wants fresh faces

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