Let’s hit the pitch run­ning

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - MOTORS -

Stu­art Mc­Far­lane

An­nan boss Peter Mur­phy be­moaned his side’s poor start on Satur­day and says his troops must get out of the blocks quicker if they are to stay in the play-off hunt.

The Gal­a­bankies fell be­hind after just two min­utes in their League Two trip to sec­ond-placed Peter­head, be­fore even­tu­ally crash­ing to a 2-1 de­feat.

Mur­phy said: “We ac­quit­ted our­selves well, but we had a bad start and that re­ally set the tone. We dom­i­nated posses­sion and had a few clear chances which we didn’t take be­fore even­tu­ally get­ting back in the game.

“It be­came quite end-to-end and un­for­tu­nately we lost a goal to a coun­ter­at­tack. The boys worked hard and showed great char­ac­ter, but we need to be go­ing ahead in games and putting teams un­der pres­sure.” The task doesn’t get any eas­ier for An­nan in the com­ing fort­night, with a home game against ta­ble-top­ping Ed­in­burgh City fol­lowed by a tricky trip to third-placed Clyde.

The Ci­ti­zens have been the league’s sur­prise pack­age this sea­son, but will head to An­nan after a bruis­ing 6-1 away mid­week de­feat to In­ver­ness in a Scot­tish Cup re­play.

The Gal­a­bankies gaffer said the hunt is still on for a new as­sis­tant to re­place Kevin Rutkiewicz after he left for the man­ager’s job at Stir­ling.

He added: “I’ve been speak­ing to a few peo­ple, but most of them are al­ready in jobs so it’s a process of ne­go­ti­at­ing with the in­di­vid­u­als and their clubs.”

An­nan have in­jury doubts over Ross Fer­gus­son, James Cre­aney, Tommy Muir, Ai­dan Smith and Owen Moxon, adding to long-term crocks Steven Swingle­hurst and Jack Bran­nan.

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