Hartley’s delight at home record remaining untarnished
Paul Hartley was pleased to see Cove Rangers maintain their perfect home record in League 2.
Tuesday’s 3-0 victory against Albion Rovers made it five wins out five at the Balmoral Stadium in the league this season.
Manager Hartley was happy with the way the Granite City side got the better of Rovers and is now turning his attention to Saturday’s trip to Central Park to play Cowdenbeath.
He said: “I thought all the players were impressive, the way they handled the ball – there was some great play at times.
“We could have had the final wee bit to get more goals at times, but that can happen, you can’t win convincingly every week.
“We got another victory at home, we’re still unbeaten at home which is good and we’ve just got to keep it going and keep working hard because we’ve got another tough away game on Saturday at Cowdenbeath.” Cove’s game against Albion Rovers was their first since October 19, when they lost 1-0 to Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Cup. They were supposed to meet the Coatbridge side on Saturday, but the match was pushed back three days due to the Coatbridge side playing Fort William in a Scottish Cup second round replay.
So did having the weekend free add to Cove’s hunger to defeat Rovers?
Hartley answered: “Possibly not playing on Saturday did add to the hunger.
“We wanted to play on Saturday, but we were well prepared as usual and the players did their jobs well as usual.
“You saw the hunger from the players to keep scoring and keep pressing and overall that made for a really good team performance.
“We always feel that you need another goal at times to keep working hard and keep pressing so credit to the players for getting the second goal when they did.”
Cove boss Paul Hartley