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Pitch is no excuse


Albion Rovers skipper Aron Lynas says the League Two side can’t use the Cliftonhil­l surface as an excuse for their defeat to Stenhousem­uir on Saturday.

Max Wright put the home side ahead but Thomas Orr’s double sealed a comfortabl­e Warriors win. Only the woodwork and saves from Rovers goalkeeper Cammy Binnie kept the scoring down.

Play proceeded in Coatbridge after the turf passed a 12pm pitch inspection, but the park was bobbly and cut up quickly as play commenced.

Brian Reid’s side are ninth in League Two following the loss but sit just five points off

Stenny in fourth, the final promotion play-off spot.

Lynas said: “it was tough but it’s the same for both teams at the end of the day. We came into this game knowing that it was massive that we got three points from this.

“It would have seen us climb right back up the table but unfortunat­ely we didn’t do it. We can do better than this and we will be better in future games.

“It is a really disappoint­ing one. The ball was getting stuck and it was getting held up. You didn’t know what it was going to do. It was a really tough one.

“The park was difficult. It was really tough but it was was the same for both teams. We can’t use the park as an excuse for us not getting the result we wanted.

“It is really tight but we know what we need to do. We need to dust ourselves down and have a good week’s training and come back full of confidence and belief.”

Lynas, whose side now head to Elgin on Saturday, added: “it’s been hard for us as a lot of players have been picking up injuries. But a few of them are coming back now so the squad is looking stronger.

“We knew the second half was nowhere near good enough so we know we have to improve on that.”

 ?? ?? Gutted Rovers skipper Aron Lynas
Gutted Rovers skipper Aron Lynas

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