COWDENBEATH are back at the foot of Cinch League 2 after their late collapse at Stirling and now they head for a Friday night out at Edinburgh City.

After a paltry return of just two points from the last 18 available, Gary Bollan's men really need a capital performance at Ainslie Park to lift the spirits and give their fans something to cheer.

The Blue Brazil have just one league win and the sobering run of form has piled pressure on the team and the manager.

Bollan said: "Our players are so much better than our league position reflects but they have to start producing the performances we need to move up the table.”

Cowden are one of the League 2 clubs who have agreed to take part in Edinburgh City’s experiment of playing games on Fridays in a bid to attract Hibs and Hearts fans who would not be able to go to a Saturday game at Ainslie Park.

You get the impression Bollan would agree to play at 8am on a Monday if he could guarantee a better showing from his players after more blunders scuppered their chances against Stirling.

Albion dished out a 4-0 hammering and the boss reflected: "We have been stressing to the players how important it is to avoid losing early goals but inside seven minutes we're behind and chasing the game.

“Stirling are a good side and you can’t afford to give them that sort of start.

“We did create a few chances in the second-half but to lose two late goals added to our disappointment.”

Cowden returned to the foot of the table on goal difference, courtesy of their late collapse at Forthbank, with Stenhousemuir, also on five points, nudging above them.

Also in the danger zone are Albion Rovers, on seven points.

They'll face a touch task as, after a poor start to the season, Edinburgh City now have the chance of moving up into the top four by winning this match.

They are sitting on 13 points only out of the key area on goal difference so clearly they will be determined to keep Cowdenbeath’s barren run going.

Bollan knows they have to turn the ship around and stated: “We have to start getting results consistently and we have to look to take something from Ainslie Park."

Desperate times call for desperate measures and the manager could throw talented midfielder Gavin Morrison in to start the game, despite the fact he's not played at all this season.

He has been out with a groin injury but travelled to England for a special injection which has made a big difference and he's now fully fit, albeit well short of match practice.

The midfield will be a key area in Friday’s game and Morrison may be asked to join Kyle Hutton in this department to turn the tide for Cowdenbeath.

One player who will not be taking part in this one is defender Ross Clarke who took a heavy knock before the break at Stirling and had to be replaced.