COWDENBEATH will go to Edinburgh City on Saturday desperate for all three points to keep their hopes of putting pressure on the top five clubs in Ladbrokes League 2 alive.

Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Annan was a serious blow to the Fifers whose challenge completely collapsed in the closing six minutes of the game.

The result gave Annan a 12 point lead over the Blue Brazil, albeit with two games in hand, but manager Gary Bollan was very disappointed at the final phase of the game.

But he made it clear that his team will be fighting for every point available in the closing 13 games.

He said: “Our defending was simply not good enough against Annan.

“We went in at half-time 2-1 up with two excellent strikes but then our work was very indifferent in the second period.

“To lose the lead so early in the second period was poor but to not be able to see out the game for at least a draw in the closing two or three minutes was very poor indeed.

“At Hampden last week we got caught not concentrating in time added on and it happened again in the closing stages against Annan also.

“The third goal came from poor second phase work by us and then the fourth goal was also something that should have been avoided.”

The manager saw his son Luc red carded in time added on for an apparent violent challenge, but he felt worse challenges had been not dealt with during the game.

He added: “I felt Luc was doing fine and then he was red carded for something which did not seem to be nearly as bad as a couple of other challenges which had only seen yellows, but that is what can happen sometimes.

“The dismissal was all part of a crazy end to the game and we have do better than that.”

Looking ahead to the clash with leaders Edinburgh City on Saturday he added: “We have 13 games left and we will be going out to win them all if we can starting with the Edinburgh City match at Ainslie Park.

“We need to go out there and give it our all and concentrate for the full 90 minutes and stop making silly errors.

“We need to put pressure on City and look to force errors which can work for us.”

Centre-back Robbie Deas was missed against Annan and he will be back for the City game, but new ‘keeper Aaron Lennox may be missing as he damaged a hand against Annan.

The manager may go back to a four man defensive set up with Deas back in action although he was happy with Jamie Todd’s performance against Annan.

Gary Fraser is likely to return to the starting line-up in central midfield while he may also look for Jordan Allan’s pace to pose City problems.