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Annan reaction

Annan reaction

Stirling Albion manager Dave Mackay was delighted at the response shown by his players as we recovered from the loss of a first-minute goal to beat Annan 3-1 at Forthbank.

Max Wright converted an early penalty but goals from Darren Smith, Ross McMillan and Dylan Nguene Bikey turned things round as we moved off the foot of the table.

Mackay said: “The lead-up to the penalty was a comedy of errors and Ross (Smith) had no need to dive in. When they scored you are thinking ‘here we go again’ but the reaction was excellent and I thought it was a great team performance.

“It wasn’t always pretty to watch but I asked them to be tougher to beat and we always looked a threat going forward.

“It was criminal for us to be bottom of the table and hopefully we can push on. I’m sure there were a few eyebrows raised at the team selection but we had to freshen things up after last week and I had confidence in the guys to come in and do well.”

Annan boss Jim Chapman said: “We got off to a good start but we didn’t defend well enough in our own box and that was the difference. We have young players and they need to learn quickly because Stirling didn’t need to work hard for their goals.

“I thought in the second half that we were on the front foot for the majority of the game but (for the third goal) their player was allowed to run from the middle of the park without a tackle and it’s no coincidence that the second ball fell to them.”