El­gin back­lash sim­mers

McLeish sees a great chance to pile the agony on lowly Rovers

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY ANDY SKINNER

El­gin City at­tacker Chris McLeish is con­fi­dent the Black and Whites have the fire­power to re­turn to win­ning ways against League 2 strug­glers Al­bion Rovers at Bor­ough Briggs to­day.

City have lost their last three league matches, with Gavin Price’s men re­lin­quish­ing a two-goal lead in last week­end’s 5-2 loss to Stir­ling Al­bion.

Al­though McLeish says his side must stop ship­ping goals, the striker feels the goal threat the Mo­ray men have con­tin­ued to carry de­spite their slump is keep­ing him re­laxed ahead of the visit of the Coat­bridge side.

Rovers have won just one league match all sea­son.

McLeish said: “It’s a home game and we are al­ways pos­i­tive in our play when we are at home.

“Hope­fully we can just do what we have been do­ing as we are still scor­ing, but we have been leak­ing too many goals as well.

“Scor­ing first is al­ways im­por­tant in this league. If we do that it gives us some­thing to hold on to, al­though that never seemed to hap­pen last week.

“Hope­fully we can get our­selves in front again but we need to tighten up at the back.”

The El­gin at­tacker added: “We started off re­ally well against Stir­ling Al­bion. We were play­ing some good foot­ball and got our­selves 2-0 up, so to lose the game in the man­ner we did was very dis­ap­point­ing.

“We need to clear our lines a bit bet­ter and if we get our­selves into the lead, hope­fully we can hold on to it for longer.”

El­gin have gone largely un­pun­ished for their loss of form, with fourth-placed An­nan Ath­letic just two points ahead of City.

McLeish feels re­gain­ing mo­men­tum is key to his side’s play-off hopes how­ever, adding: “Re­sults have gone our way, so hope­fully we can get a wee run to­gether and climb the ta­ble.

“A cou­ple of sea­sons ago we had a re­ally good start and ended up just miss­ing out on the play-offs at the end of the sea­son. Once you get a run go­ing it builds con­fi­dence and the boys all play bet­ter.”

McLeish has faced added com­pe­ti­tion for a strik­ing berth this sea­son, with on­loan Ross County at­tacker Greg Mor­ri­son and for­mer Mon­trose striker Kerr Hay among Price’s op­tions.

How­ever, the for­mer Jean­field Swifts for­ward is ea­ger to add to his two strikes so far this term.

He added: “It’s al­ways good to have com­pe­ti­tion in the team. I’ve just got to keep work­ing hard and make sure I’m still in the side.”

FIRE­POWER: At­tacker Chris McLeish reck­ons El­gin can re­turn to win­ning ways at Bor­ough Briggs to­day

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