Let’s hit the pitch running
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.