COWDENBEATH need to take their chances when they come along, and manage the game much better, when the team which put six past them last weekend come back to Central Park this Saturday.

That is the view of assistant manager, Kevin Smith, who was disappointed at how easily East Kilbride were allowed to dominate the second-half, and give the Blues their worst result of the season in the South Challenge Cup tie.

It's league business this weekend and Smith said: “We opened the game well, and created a couple of really good chances, but didn’t take them, and then made a couple of basic errors which let them in to take the lead.

“In the second-half we needed to manage things a lot better, and we conceded a couple of really bad goals, that let a good side really take a grip of the match.

“EK have some very good players for this level, and you have to try to avoid making bad mistakes, but we failed to do that and in the second-half they took full advantage.”

Cowdenbeath will have a stronger squad available for this Saturday’s Lowland League game with Greg and Ewan MacPherson back available, as will be Cieran Chalmers, while striker Daryl Healy will also be in the squad.

Skipper Robbie McNab had to be subbed at the weekend, with a dead leg, but he should be okay for this Saturday.

Smith is desperate for his team to start with the same verve they showed early in the cup-tie, but take their chances.

“Goals change games and we had the opportunities to go ahead early on in the cup game, and if you take them, it asks questions of your opponents,” he added.

“We have a very young team, and you need to learn from experiences like Saturday, and we will be getting that over to the lads this week.”