IF Cowdenbeath want to get right back into the hunt for a top four finish they have to win two matches inside four days.

Cowden trail fourth top Annan Athletic by nine points, with two games in hand, so Saturday’s home match with the Borders side is literally a six pointer.

For if they can win that one, and then beat Albion Rovers at Central Park on Tuesday, they will have closed the gap to a very manageable three points.

Cowden came so close to picking up all three points at Hampden on Saturday and manager Gary Bollan was a little frustrated by the late, late show from Queen’s Park.

The hosts levelled with an 89th minute penalty and it denied the visitors two extra points.

Said the Cowdenbeath boss: “I felt we had done enough to win the game.

“It was a good open match with both sides creating chances, but we had scored at a great time in the game and seemed to be seeing it out.

“Then we cause ourselves a problem by giving away a penalty and they score from the spot to deny us.

“Very frustrating but it just underlines how you have to concentrate right through to the last second.”

He added: “I felt we had played pretty well and had created a few good chances.

“Aaron Lennox has joined us and made his debut and made a couple of very good saves at important times and in general played very well.

“Matt Henvey came on and scored a fine goal and showed the competition for places we have in the attack.

“Now we have two home games coming up and if we can win both of them we can do ourselves a lot of good in our efforts to stay in touch with the top four.”

Annan won at Central Park on their last visit in August, but Cowden beat them at Galabank, so the Blues certainly have nothing to fear from the Borders side.

Albion Rovers are the visitors on Tuesday with a 7.45pm start and the bottom of the table side have denied Cowdenbeath four points with both the matches having been drawn. So no one will be taking anything for granted.

Having lost centre-back David Marsh during the transfer window Mr Bollan moved swiftly to bring in former Berwick Rangers defender Jamie Todd who will provide a third option for central defence along with Jamie Pyper and Robbie Deas. Meanwhile the club's longest serving player, Kyle Miller (pictured) has taken on the captain's role with Marsh's waygoing.

And for the Annan game Deas will be in Spain playing for Scotland Under 19s so Todd is likely to get the nod.

Without injured defender Jason Talbot that is likely to be the only change in the rear set-up while Henvey’s contribution at Hampden may have given him the chance of a start.