Stirling Albion manager Dave Mackay was delighted to see his side end their six-game winless run with a 2-0 victory over Berwick Rangers at Forthbank on Saturday.
Darren Smith’s double, which takes his tally for the season to 18 goals, moved us above Annan and back into the play-off places at the halfway stage of our campaign.
Mackay said: “That was much more like us. It wasn’t pretty at times but it was all about getting the three points and I’m delighted with a clean sheet.
“The overall work-rate was much better. We stuck at it although we looked tired in the last 20 minutes or so and we weren’t able to change things due to enforced substitutions as we had already lost Andy Black to a dead leg and Steven Noble with a hip problem.
“We dug in and I thought there were some excellent individual performances as well as a group unit. We did the dirty part of the game well, which is something we haven’t always done, and Cammy Binnie looked a lot more assured but it all started with our front players pressing their defenders.”
Berwick boss Robbie Horn said: “I didn’t think there was much between the teams and I actually thought we were probably the better team over the piece but we need to score the first goal. We hit the post and if we get ourselves in front it’s maybe a different game but the goals we gave away were diabolical.
“The first one came from a straight goal kick and we don’t win the header or cover in behind. Second half I thought we came out and looked the more likely team but one ball in the box and we don’t deal with it and it’s a good finish to be fair.
“We pushed towards the end but we didn’t get the breaks and we are lacking a ruthlessness to score goals – we just can’t score at the moment. Credit to Stirling because they worked really hard and Peter MacDonald was probably the best player on the park – he held the ball up really well and caused us problems.”