COWDENBEATH have a run of three games coming up in which they really need to start winning to get into the pack of clubs at the foot of the Ladbrokes League 2 table.

Saturday’s loss to Edinburgh City was a result which leaves Cowden six points adrift of City and five of Clyde and wins are needed soon.

Manager Gary Bollan is well aware of the problems and was disappointed that the good work against Peterhead and Montrose could not be repeated, with Blair Malcolm injured and Robbie Buchanan suspended.

So he is already working hard behind the signs to get new players in to bolster the challenge at a key time in the season.

Said Mr Bollan: “To be honest we gave away two very bad goals by switching off at balls getting fired into our box.

“Both the Edinburgh City goals came from us not getting first to second balls and that is something we have to sort out for really it was a game in which clear cut chances were few and goals were always going to be in short supply.

“We had plenty of possession but City are good at stifling teams with men back in numbers and after we conceded the goals I knew it would be hard to break them down.”

He added: “We knew that Robbie Buchanan would be someone we would miss for he has scored three goals in five games but his suspension is set to keep him out for another two games, and to lose Blair Malcolm was an equally big blow.

“His pace and strength in midfield has been a feature of our play since he joined but he felt his hamstring after the Montrose game and it was still bothering him on Saturday morning and he failed a late test and it left us having another space to cover which definitely caused us problems”.

So before the trip to Elgin Cowden will be hoping to bring at least one or two players in for the second half of the season.

Added the manager: “We were close to getting someone in at the end of the week so we have our eyes on two or three guys who we feel could help our cause. I would hope to have one in for the trip north”.

Experienced goalkeeper, Dave McGurn, underlined the problems that Cowden have to be alert to which cost them dear on Saturday: “We had enough of the ball to pose City problems but the goals we lost could and should have been avoided for both were balls into the box and we were not alert enough to deal with the second phases and that cost us.”

There were no more injury problems but Malcolm will be touch and go to make his come-back at Elgin.