It may not have been the most beautiful of score-lines, but Rovers boss Ger Rossi believes the beautiful football played by his team against Lothian Thistle was to be applauded.
The boys in red and white went down 5-2 to the capital club, with a penalty from David Lindsay and a cracking strike from the manager himself not enough to see Raymond Carr’s men off, despite a highly impressive performance
But, they say that every victory is a defeat if you learn from it; a philosophy that Peebles will be looking to implement as they make the journey north to Stirling University this Saturday in search of a third league win.
Speaking to peeblesrovers.com, the boss said “I think looking at the Lothian game, it was one our best performances this season. I felt we matched them all over the park and made them look quite average at times, considering that they’re one of the best teams in the league
“From our point of view, I think maybe it was a touch of inexperience and a crazy final 15 minutes that went against us. We defended the first phase of play very well, but we let our standards slip a little towards the end
“But, like I said, I really felt the boys matched them in terms of the game itself.”
Whilst an all round frustrating day, the manager enjoyed a small personal triumph as he notched his first goal of the season last Saturday, (see match report for details), an experience that the gaffer admits doesn’t come round often! He continued;
“I think that’s the first goal I’ve scored since I was in the under-10’s! Seriously though, I felt it was quite a lucky one; the ball was bouncing around and I was fortunate enough to get a good swipe at it.”
Stirling University is the next test for the gallant Rovers, with the two sides having met each other once already this season, with the students grabbing the win in a tight 1-0 victory. But, Rossi believes his team have learned a lot since then, and are fully capable of getting another win;
“It’ll be another tough game, no doubt about that. It’s a match we’re going into to get a win and the boys have come a long way since that last game, we’re capable of going out and getting the three points.”