Stirling Albion manager Dave Mackay has challenged his players for a reaction against bottom club Cowdenbeath at Forthbank on Saturday after Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Peterhead.
Rory McAllister scored the only goal just before half-time as the Blue Toon moved to the top of Ladbrokes League 2 with a deserved victory.
Mackay said: “We were second best all over the pitch. Peterhead came with a game-plan to get the ball forward quickly and we didn’t deal with it. They also looked like they would score every time they got a set-piece and we didn’t create many chances.
“We are struggling at the moment and the players look short of confidence. Whatever team I pick on Saturday, they have to show me they are worthy of the shirt because the last couple of performances have been miles of it.”
Peterhead boss Jim McInally said: “I’m delighted with the result but it would have been good to get the second goal and make things more comfortable. We can play better but it’s nice to be top of the table as we have been chasing for a long time.”