Jan 15 2013 By Colin Paterson
Albion Rovers boss Todd Lumsden spoke with sports reporter Colin Paterson on Monday night.
Here are details of the discussion points:
Lumsden on...the 3-0 defeat to Queen of the South.
"I don't think we did ourselves any favours given how the game panned out. When you are presented with the opportunity to go a goal up, not just through the penalty but when the keeper dropped the ball [Chris Dallas' chance], then you need to take them.
"We didn't defend the first goal particularly well even though it was a good cross and a good header. We lost possession for the second goal which led to their penalty and the third was a breakaway after we lost possession on the edge of their box.
"But that game is done and dusted now and we need to move on."
Lumsden on...Jason Crooks leaving the club by mutual consent.
"It just hasn't worked out. We signed him on the basis that he trained with us last season when he was playing for Elgin City.
"He looked really good and really sharp. He's a good striker and a good finisher but the problem was he found himself out of the team.
"He wasn't working hard enough and his fitness was beginning to suffer. There were a couple of things away from football that weren't helping him focus.
"To be fair to him, he said it wasn't happening for him. He didn't feel he could put a shift in for the boys and didn't want to take a lend of them which is credit to him.
"He is a cracking lad and he leaves with our best wishes as he tried his best for this club."
Lumsden on...Peter Innes' loan to Cambuslang Rangers.
"We haven't got a big squad so we don't have the safety net of a reserve team or youth structure.
"For the likes of Peter who have been in and out of the team or been suspended, you cannot maintain a level of fitness if you're not playing regularly.
"We thought it was a good idea to send him on loan to get games. It's a win-win and it will benefit us as he will come back fitter and sharper which is what we need him to be.
"We're hoping he will finish the season really srongly. Peter has got good quality but he was lacking a bit of sharpness and wasn't keeping the ball as well as he can."
Lumsden on...Ryan McWilliams leaving the club by mutual consent.
“Ryan wants to play which is understandable. He wants to get games.
“The paperwork hasn’t been completed yet but we have shook hands on it.”
Lumsden on...playing keeper Ryan Scully ahead of Matt McGinley on Saturday.
"We've brought Ryan in to put pressure on Matty who has played really well.
"But there have been some basic errors which led to goals and the decision was more for his development although I don't know if he will see it like that.
"We need to improve the basic fundamentals with Matt as if he keeps making errors, his confidence will go.
"I'm trying to take the pressure off him by taking him out of the limelight and hopefully he'll come back stronger. He is a young lad and is still improving.
I'm not identifying individual errors as he has made some great saves but this will make him a better keeper which is what it is all about."
Lumsden on...Kieran Brannan.
"Nothing has been sorted out yet. We've had a couple of clubs interested in him but nothing has happened yet. We're still looking to get him out on loan.
"He is another player who we need to try and boost his fitness. If he can go away somewhere and play games, that would be great.
"He has great ability, he is training hard and his attitude is fantastic and we are trying to do our best for him."
Lumsden on...Rovers' fitness target.
"We're maybe not the best team in the league but we're not a million miles away. We do well in games and if we can become the fittest, we will give ourselves a better chance.
"We need our players to be fit because that will stop the opposition playing against us.
"Look at the best teams in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo is an athlete. You can't run around Lionel Messi all day because of how fit he is.
"We are trying to instill a work ethic but with us being part-time, it can be quite difficult due to shift patterns and things like that."
Lumsden on...Brechin City this weekend.
"It's amazing as it is pretty much the same group of players that Jim Weir had but now they're playing well.
"In the games we've played against them, we've been beaten narrowly, but it's the basic errors which are really hurting us."