COWDENBEATH have to dust themselves down from the unfortunate method of Saturday’s loss to Cove and get ready to get back on the winning trail at Annan this weekend.

A lot went wrong against the Ladbrokes League 2 leaders, not all to do with Cowden, but they played well at times in the game and should have scored at least two more goals.

Manager Gary Bollan was incensed by the way Cove’s second goal came about, which allowed the visitors to take a rather fortuitous half-time lead.

The ball clearly came off Cove’s Scott Ross but referee John McKendrick thought it had deflected off a home player and gave a corner and the second goal came from the set piece delivery.

Said Mr Bollan: “Unfortunately the referee thought at the last second it hit one of our players, but I have looked at footage of the situation and as all our players thought, and some of the visitors, it hit a Cove body last.

“Yes Robbie Buchanan should have cleared the ball but he slipped and Aird scored but the situation should never have occurred.

“I felt over all we played pretty well and we were unlucky at one up when a lovely move saw Connor Smith’s shot heading for the net when it hit David Cox on the back with the ‘keeper beaten.

“These are the fine margins that games can be won and lost on and it certainly went against us on Saturday.

“We certainly created a lot more chances in this game than against Broxburn or Stirling Albion so we have to look to keep that going when we go to Annan on Saturday.”

Cowden are now sitting third in the table, six points behind Cove and three behind Edinburgh City, and they will be looking to get back on the winning trail having drawn two and lost two of their last four games.

Added the manager: “It has been a disappointing four game run but Saturday’s game match saw a few breaks go against us and hopefully we can produce the sort of form which will see us create good chances and get some goals to get the points total moving upwards again.

“We have a full squad available now that Mikey Herd is fit an only Fraser Mullen is missing through that unfortunate accident.”

Harvey Swann, pictured on Saturday, has been a consistent former in his return to the team at left wing back after Fraser Mullen's serious accident with a chain saw, and he will be in the side this Saturday.

Annan have had a bad run and lost 4-0 at Elgin on Saturday so Cowden should be confident of getting a result in the Borders this Saturday.