After a superb seventy-two hours which brought successive victories over Arbroath and Dundee, and extended our unbeaten run in the cinch Championship to four matches, the squad is set to hit the road again and embark on the second quarter of the campaign.
Having played all of the other nine teams in the division, Cove have taken eleven points and moved up to sixth in the table, and the players are now gearing up for the next part of the journey.
That will include trying to improve on the away record. The four games so far have brought in just a single point, gained in the impressive recovery at Firhill against Partick Thistle, and the boys are desperate to add to that.
With Morton playing Hamilton, something has to give at Cappielow, and given that bottom side Arbroath are facing a tough encounter against Dundee, our meeting with Raith Rovers is an opportunity for both sides to gain an advantage over some of our rivals.
Manager Jim McIntyre is looking for more of the same from his team:
“I’ve been absolutely delighted with what the boys have given me in recent weeks.
“They’ve backed up the draws against Hamilton and Partick with those wins over Arbroath and Dundee, and putting together unbeaten runs, like the one we’re now on, is going to be crucial given how competitive the division is.”
“I’ll be looking for the boys to keep up the momentum at Stark’s Park.
“We’ve already played Raith twice, and there’s been nothing between the teams, so I expect another highly competitive ninety minutes.
“It’s all about maintaining the positivity and the performance levels, and building on the good results.”
The recent resurgence has coincided with the return to the side of midfielder Blair Yule.
He made his comeback from a long injury lay-off against Partick Thistle, featured for most of the SPFL Trust Trophy meeting with Raith, and played the full ninety minutes in both recent wins.
It is a testament to his natural fitness that he is back as a mainstay of the side, and contributing as if he had never been away. Blair is simply pleased, and relieved, to be out on the pitch again:
“It has been a huge relief. It was so frustrating being stuck in the stand, especially when things weren’t going so well. I was desperate to be able to play my part.
“Coming on late against Partick was a bonus, but Mark Reynolds’ two goals were an even bigger bonus, and that draw felt like a bit of a turning point.
“We deserved the win against Arbroath, and you could see on Tuesday night as soon as we got the equaliser, there was only one team going to win that game.
“We’ve got the confidence back, the self-belief, and we’re playing some really good football.”
Kyle McClelland will be missing after damaging his ankle in the win over Dundee, Fraser Fyvie remains out of the mix with his hamstring injury, and Jamie Masson is also sidelined after taking a painful knock on the ribs last weekend.
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