Feb 3 2012 By Colin Paterson
IRN-BRU SECOND DIVISION:
ALBION ROVERS v STENHOUSEMUIR
Tomorrow's referee: Charlie Richmond.
Albion Rovers top goalscorer: Scott Chaplain (7).
Stenhousemuir top goalscorer: Andy Rodgers (12).
Albion Rovers form guide (most recent result first): L L L L L W
Stenhousemuir form guide (most recent result first): W L L L L D
Last meeting: Stenhousemuir 3 Albion Rovers 0 (Saturday, November 26).
Was there much activity at Rovers on transfer window deadline day?
The club completed one piece of business with young striker Jack Werndly arriving on loan from Rangers until the end of the season.
The 18-year-old has been with West Ham United and Norwich City and is here to gain first-team experience. Young Kilmarnock attacker Dan McKay has also put pen to paper at Cliftonhill.
How should we assess the squad with 15 league games left?
Boss Paul Martin has a 24-man pool to choose from when everyone is fit and available to play.
This allows for different formations to be deployed and should ensure a healthy competition for starting XI places.
Is it quantity not quality...or a bit of both?
Certainly the latter. Rovers have enough bodies to get to the finishing line AND the talent to achieve positive results.
Now it's just a case of the manager selecting what he feels is his best line-up and system.
And what would that be in your humble opinion?
Rovers did well in the autumn with a 4-2-3-1 so that would be may favoured option but a 4-1-3-2 suited the team against East Fife, despite a 2-0 reverse.
It all depends on where Werndly can be used and how much he plays.
As a 4-2-3-1, Rovers could go with: Gaston; Reid, O'Byrne, Donnelly, Russell; Marriott, Stevenson; Love, Chaplain, Boyle; Gemmell.
As a 4-1-3-2, Rovers could go with: Gaston; Reid, O'Byrne, Donnelly, Russell; Marriott; Love, Chaplain, Boyle; Gemmell, Werndly.
Simon Marriott features in both line-ups. Why?
He is mobile, a decent tackler and has good energy levels.
Marriott would act as an effective screen for a defence which, as a unit, does lack a bit of pace.
Now for the Warriors. A good time to stop the rot?
It won't be easy given Rovers have only taken one point from a possible six against Stenny so far this season.
After five defeats in a row, the team will be glad to get back on home turf. They'll be hoping the fightback starts tomorrow.