Binos boss Greig McDonald praised his side for notching up a 3-0 victory over 10-man Queen’s Park at Forthbank despite being short of their best.
Dale Fulton, Sandy Cunningham and Bradley Coyne got the goals, with the visitors reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time when James Brough saw red for what was deemed to be an elbow on Cunningham.
McDonald said: “It wasn’t our best performance but it was effective and we have to be happy with three goals and a clean sheet.
“We gave the ball away too often and Queen’s Park enjoyed plenty of possession but that’s three home wins in a row. I’m told we were top of the table for a couple of minutes but it’s a crazy league with so little between teams.”
Central defender Chris Smith missed out for the first time this season and McDonald explained: “Chris’s knee swelled up after last weekend’s game and, although he managed to train on Tuesday, it just wasn’t right and we didn’t want to take any risks.
“Kieran McAnespie came in, as he did against Queen’s Park earlier in the season in that position, and he was excellent again.”
Queen’s Park manager Gardner Speirs said: “I think the score was harsh on the balance of play but I can’t comment on the sending off as I didn’t see the incident.
“I thought the first half was poor but we certainly got a response when we went down to 10 men. We played some really good stuff and missed a great chance to equalise.”