Stirling Albion manager Kevin Rutkiewicz has urged his players to ‘get their league campaign up and running again’ as his side travel to Cowdenbeath on Saturday.
Speaking to Albion TV after last Saturday’s win over Tranent Juniors, the Binos boss said: “we have to get back at it in the league, I can’t hide behind that 4-0 win in the Scottish Cup.
When we roll up to Cowdenbeath next week there needs to be an attitude that we are going out to win. We are going through a sticky patch in the league, but there are no excuses.”
After a four-game winless run in Cinch League Two, including three consecutive defeats, Stirling have slipped into third place in the table.
The poor run of form has left Albion as close to the top of the league as it has the bottom.
Runaway league leaders Kelty Hearts hold an expanding 15-point lead over Stirling, with the same margin separating the Forthbank side from basement club Cowdenbeath.
On paper Rutkiewicz’s depleted squad couldn’t have picked a better place to start, as the Blue Brazil are the most out of form side in Scottish football’s top divisions.
Cowdenbeath are without a league win since August and welcome an Albion squad keen to build on last weekend’s comfortable win.
Albion have been a mixed bag on the road this season though, picking up 11 points from a possible 21 and a torrid November won’t inspire much belief ahead of the trip to Central Park.
But Stirling should hold confidence of shutting Cowdenbeath out as Maurice Ross’ men have failed to score in their last five games, netting just nine goals since the start of the campaign.
And if recent head-to-head records are anything to go by then a comfortable afternoon could be in store for the Binos, as all three points have returned to Stirling following the last four encounters between the two outfits.
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