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Stirling v Elgin match reaction

Stirling Albion manager Greig McDonald insists there are better days ahead despite Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Elgin, which leaves the Binos three points adrift at the foot of the table.

All the goals came in the first half, with Craig Gunn bagging a hat-trick and Stuart Leslie also on target before Graham Weir pulled one back.

McDonald said: “I still believe in the players and I still believe we can turn it around. We are at Hampden against Queen’s Park on Friday night on a big pitch that should suit our style but, let’s not kid ourselves, we need to start winning games and we need to do it soon.

“I’m disappointed for the supporters but we will keep working hard. The guys need to stand up and be counted. The amount of injuries we have had has been ridiculous and we don’t have our troubles to seek but that is the way it goes sometimes and you have to keep fighting.

“We need to show the character to play the game like we did in the second half but when it is 0-0, not when we are 4-1 down. Elgin are a good side but we conceded sloppy goals and that is costing us.”

Elgin boss Ross Jack said: “It was one of these days when you wondered if the minds would be on the two big games against Rangers coming up but you could see by the way we started that the players were fully committed.

“We were excellent for 35 minutes but we took Craig Gunn, Ross O’Donoghue and Daniel Moore off during the second half as they are very important players for us.”