Binos boss Dave Mackay was pleased to see his side pick up a vital three points against Cowdenbeath but admits it wasn’t a performance that will live long in the memory.
A 35th-minute own goal from Jamie Pyper earned Stirling a 1-o win to climb to fourth in the table and leave the Blue Brazil nine points adrift at the bottom.
Mackay said: “It wasn’t a classic that’s for sure! There were a few things I wasn’t happy about but it’s a win and a clean sheet and it takes us back into the play-offs.
“The scrappy goal summed up the game really and we’ll need to play much better against Elgin on Saturday. I hoped we would push on in the second half but we defended deeper and deeper and gave Cowdenbeath some encouragement – a team with more confidence might have punished us.”
Cowdenbeath manager Gary Bollan said: “We didn’t deserve to lose the game and I thought the players were excellent in the second half but we aren’t getting any breaks at the moment. The goal is typical of the way things have been going but we need to start picking up points.”