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