Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren admits his side were not at their best in the 2-1 home win over Berwick Rangers but was delighted to secure a vital victory as we climbed to third in Ladbrokes League 2.
Blair Henderson gave Berwick an early lead but Ross Smith soon equalised and Sean Dickson converted a 16th-minute penalty after on-loan Hibs defender Jordan McGregor had been sent off for a foul on Darren Smith to concede the kick.
McLaren said: “It has been a good seven days getting seven points out of nine and it sets us up for a crucial run of games coming up. The players showed a good mentality to come back after going behind and we know we have goals in the team.
“We were never totally comfortable, even playing against 10 men, and that’s a credit to John (Coughlin) because he has them well organised but we sorted some things out at half-time and the second-half performance was certainly much better.
“I can’t comment either way on the penalty decision because I was watching from the back of the stand and was a long way away.”
Berwick boss John Coughlin said: “I certainly don’t think it was a penalty but we played well with 10 men and created some good chances.
“However, one of the reasons we find ourselves at the bottom of the league is because we haven’t scored enough goals.”