Rossi: “We want a reaction”

An optimistic Ger Rossi has said that his young Rovers team will learn from their 1-0 defeat to Lothian Thistle.

The manager admitted that missing out on the three points was tough, but believes his young guns took away a lot from the clash- and will use that experience when the Rovers return to Saughton tomorrow to cross swords with Tynecastle.

Speaking to Neil Hobson ahead of the match, Rossi said;

“I thought the momentum changed when they had two boys sent off: up until that point, I thought both sides were competing well. When they went down to nine-men, it’s always going to be difficult to break down a team that sat in like they did and tried to hit you on the counter.

“It was probably one of those situations that isn’t going to happen too often, it was maybe a wee touch of inexperience on our part, but, to be fair to Lothian- they were excellent all over the park.

“It was definitely disappointing from our point of view, we missed a great opportunity there. But, like we’ve said before, it’s a learning process for everyone and we’ll learn from this and move forward.”

Steven Vinter’s Tynecastle is the next hurdle awaiting Peebles on Saturday, and Rossi knows that a big performance is required to ensure history won’t be repeated. He continued;

“It’ll certainly be difficult, they’re undoubtedly one of the top teams in the division. Stevie’s put together a great squad there and we’re going to have to be at our best to get a positive result.

“The most important thing for me is that the boys give us a reaction, that we don’t get into bad habits again after that magnificent run we put together.

“I’m sure that the boys are more than ready for Tynecastle, and we’ll definitely be looking to take the game to them come kick-off on Saturday.”


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