Nov 12 2008 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Rovers boss wants fans to play the numbers game
PAUL MARTIN has begged the Coatbridge public to get behind Albion Rovers this weekend.
The Cliftonhill gaffer hopes fans turn out in force for Saturday’s crunch clash with Annan Athletic.
Rovers have won their last three games – including a 3-0 demolition of Berwick Rangers last weekend – and are unbeaten in four outings.
Martin is desperate to maintain the feelgood factor when the Galabankies visit Cliftonhill for the first time.
And the 43-year-old believes a big support can help his young team to three points as they continue to challenge for a play-off place.
He told the Advertiser: “I hope people will come and see us and give us a chance.
“We have done very well recently results-wise and it would be great to keep this run going against Annan, but they are difficult opponents.
“For me, there are no better fans than the ones who follow Rovers. They support the club through thick and thin and are always consistent in their backing.
“Our away fans were excellent at Berwick on Saturday and it would be nice to give something back to all our supporters this season.”
Martin hailed the impact of Ross Harris who scored another sensational goal at Shielfield Park and added: “Ross is a good player.
“He is as good a player as there is in this division and it is good to see him taking his chance with us.
“We have a number of players like that in the squad and it is nice to find these players and help them enjoy their football.”
The manager continued: “We are looking up the table as opposed to over our shoulders to the bottom of it.
“We should have more points on the board and I think everyone in the league recognises that.
“We feel we are every bit as good as the top teams in the third division.”