Jan 26 2012 By Colin Paterson
IRN-BRU SECOND DIVISION:
COWDENBEATH v ALBION ROVERS
Central Park, 3pm
Tomorrow's referee: Stevie O'Reilly.
Cowdenbeath top goalscorer: Lewis Coult / Mark Ramsay / Jon Robertson / Greg Stewart (7).
Albion Rovers top goalscorer: Scott Chaplain (7).
Cowdenbeath form guide (most recent result first): L W L W W D
Albion Rovers form guide (most recent result first): L L L L L W
Last meeting: Albion Rovers 3 Cowdenbeath 3 (Saturday, December 3)
Are Rovers on the slide given their recent form?
Five defeats in a row and seven defeats from their previous nine games have left them in ninth place ahead of tomorrow's game.
On top of that, the team has failed to score in four of its last five outings.
So what has gone wrong?
Missed opportunities and defensive errors are a toxic combination, especially in SFL2.
The 2-0 reverse at East Fife was an example of how things have gone. Rovers did well enough to earn a point but squandered chances and made mistakes at the back that were punished.
How does Rovers' away form compare with the rest of the division?
It's the worst, unfortunately. Only seven points from 33 have been picked up on the road with the team conceding, on average, more than two goals per game.
If league survival, never mind the promotion play-offs, is to be achieved, then that statistic has to be remedied.
Are the fans calling for changes in personnel?
Some supporters are looking for manager Paul Martin to freshen up his side but sometimes this can do more harm than good.
It may be wise for Rovers to take a deep breath and select the best team in its best formation and have faith that results will improve.
Any suspensions for the Blue Brazil clash?
Rovers have midfielder Tony Stevenson and striker John Gemmell banned for this one.
Alan Reid, Mick O'Byrne and Todd Lumsden are all one caution away from a suspension as is Cowdenbeath's Lewis Coult.
Do we hold out much hope for tomorrow?
The odds would appear to be against Rovers ending this poor run.
Cowdenbeath are unbeaten at home in the league and have won eight of their 10 games. Rovers haven't tasted victory at Central Park in nearly seven years.