GER ROSSI has lavished praise upon his Rovers side following their gritty 3-2 win over Stirling University at Whitestone Park yesterday.
The gaffer was especially happy with the result after the previous week’s 3-1 defeat to Leith Athletic, with Rossi keen to see such high standards of play continue. Speaking to peeblesrovers.com after the match, he said;
“I’m very pleased; we asked for an improvement after the Leith game and that’s what we got. It was one of those games where everything came together for us- and that’s a huge credit to the boys, who worked their backsides off from start to finish.
Last week was a case where we turned off and let our levels drop- and that’s something we were punished for. Today was a big difference, we kept up the work-rate for the full 90 minutes
“I couldn’t ask for much more from the boys, and the win was one they really deserved.”
Rovers faced an uphill battle for a spell, after succumbing to a quick-fire Stirling double in the final stages of the first-half following goals from Malcolm Burgess and Angus Dey.
It took a heroic performance from Alan “Speedy” McMath, who bagged a hat-trick, to secure all three points- with the manager ‘over the moon’ at McMath’s efforts.
He continued; “I’m delighted for the wee man. I felt that last weekend, Speedy was the only one who came off the park who could hold his head high.
“He works so hard for the team, and it was great to see him rewarded with an emphatic hat-trick. He puts everything into his game, and that’s something that the boys in the dressing room recognise; nobody deserves it more than him.
“It’s been frustrating for him the past few weeks; things haven’t quite gone his way in front of goal, but, now, I think this is a great platform for Speedy to kick-on from.
“Like I said, it was a great win, but we need to keep our feet on the ground and remember that one game, good or bad, does not define our season. We’ve got a great group of lads that are willing to work here, and if you work hard in life, you will be rewarded.”