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Elgin need rub of green to halt losing sequence

By Staff Reporter

A DISCONSOLATE Elgin City may need a wee rub of the green to get them out of their losing spiral, says manager Gavin Price.

Ross MacIver scores. Photo: Bob Crombie
Ross MacIver scores. Photo: Bob Crombie

A late Stirling Albion goal dumped City to their fifth straight League 2 loss on Saturday, with Price feeling his team deserved a draw.

Another defeat at Cowdenbeath tomorrow would give the Black and Whites their worst run of league results in nine years, and the manager is determined to stop the rot.

He is urging his men to tighten up on defensive lapses at setpieces, a trait which again proved costly at Forthbank last week.

Price is also seeing his side create scoring opportunities but not taking them. They have scored just four goals in their last seven outings, all four being netted by on-loan Ross County striker Ross MacIver.

“It is another disappointing result and it’s hard getting the boys up just now with the season stuttering to an end,” he said. “But we’ve got to try and keep our focus and get as much as we can out of it.

“At Cowdenbeath we are hoping to get the breaks we’ve maybe not had in the last couple of games. I said to the players if we keep applying ourselves as we have done in these games, results will start coming for us.”

“It was definitely a much improved performance on Saturday. We played pretty well but unfortunately didn’t have the killer instinct and lost two pretty soft goals from set plays.

“I felt we controlled large parts of the game and deserved to get at the very least a point and I could probably go as far as to say if we won the game it certainly wouldn’t have flattered us.

“The Annan game before it, we were a wee bit unfortunate not to get anything from. So we’ve got to be more clinical in front of goal and more ruthless at our defending and hopefully we will start to pick up results.”

Darren Smith scored Stirling’s 33rd minute opener before MacIver steered in an equaliser five minutes later. Kane Hester missed two good chances for City, who may have settled for a draw but were stung on 88 minutes by Jordan McGregor’s headed winner.

Elgin haven’t lost six league games in a row since 2009-10, when Livingston won League 2 and City finished ninth after a run of seven straight losses.

“The players have got to get this out of the system and start building for next season by finishing this one as strongly as we can.”

Rabin Omar is banned and Matthew Cooper injured. Scott Roberts could return after a month out.

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