COWDENBEATH, fresh from their bruising encounter with Queen’s Park, will not be getting any free weekend this Saturday despite their three point haul.

Cowden ended their five game run without a win by holding on for more than half an hour with ten men to grab all three points from the Spiders.

Manager Gary Bollan was delighted with the win, but still smarting from being put out of the William Hill Scottish Cup by Broxburn, which created the free Saturday, he intends to look for a bounce game, or at minimum, a full training session.

Mr Bollan said: “We had played pretty well in the defeats at the hands of Cove and Annan but we did not work the opposition ‘keeper enough in either game.

“I made a change or two in the side and moved Robbie Buchanan and Chris Hamilton forward into midfield and they really were outstanding for us.

“Indeed, for me, young Chris was exceptional in the middle of the park, back defending one moment and then up supporting the front men soon after. He really is an exceptional talent”.

The manager praised the way his side handled playing 35 minutes with ten, after David Cox was red carded through a fracas with a QP defender.

“The lads were superb in defending the lead and their work as a unit was first class,” he added.

“We set out to force them to go long in that period of the game and our defenders were outstanding in stopping them getting too many shots at goal.

“It was an important three points for us and we are back on the winning trail and we need to keep that going when we go to Albion Rovers in a fortnight.

“But there will be no weekend off for the boys. I will be looking to get some sort of friendly game, and if this is not possible, we will have a full training session. We have to be ready for the Albion game.”

Centre-back Jamie Todd (pictured during the Queen's Park game) enjoyed the hectic end to the match: “They certainly tried to put us under pressure by firing balls into the box but we have tall defenders and we were able to keep them out.

“I felt we defended brilliantly as a team throughout the match and it was good to get back to winning ways, and our aim has to be to get another run going to stay in the top of the table mix.”

Kyle Miller missed Saturday’s game through suspension while Archie Thomas was left out of the starting line-up, which led to the much changed link unit.

However, Jordan Allan was missing through having had a minor operation earlier in the week but he should be back in the reckoning very soon and Mikey Herd is fully fit.