Hart­ley’s de­light at home record re­main­ing un­tar­nished

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY CAL­LUM LAW

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

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