Mar 14 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
ROBERT LOVE has admitted that Albion Rovers didn’t do enough to take anything from the final Monklands derby of the season.
The 23-year-old striker struck the outside of the post in the first half of his side’s 1-0 loss to Airdrie at Cliftonhill on Saturday.
It was the closest the Coatbridge outfit came to finding the back of the net against their local rivals during a hard-fought clash.
And Love said their lack of a threat in front of a goal is why Rovers couldn’t repeat their 7-2 victory over the Diamonds last November.
“Obviously the feelings are very different now compared to the last time we played them here,” said the Rovers hitman. “We’re really disappointed.
“There weren’t a lot of chances created and it was more of a battle. It was very tight and maybe it was a wee bit tense as we made some wrong decisions in the final third of the pitch.
“I don’t think we created enough. We’re disappointed with ourselves going forward and know we could have done better.
“We never got the ball into the box early enough or got it in the right areas but, hopefully, we can put that right.”
The pressure was on both teams ahead of their weekend encounter as there were implications at both ends of the Irn-Bru Second Division table.
Good football was in short supply as two teams who have been searching for form collided – and Love felt that was reflected in the play.
Rovers’ joint-top goalscorer added: “Airdrie knew they couldn’t afford to lose the game as they would have been dragged back into a relegation fight and we wanted to avoid defeat to get off the bottom of the table.
“League form goes out the window in these games. It’s hell for leather and, unfortunately, we didn’t come out on top.”
Rovers will lick their wounds before heading to Brechin City’s Glebe Park on Saturday for their next test, with SFL2 survival the objective. However, Love believes they will rise to the challenge.
“We will bounce back,” he insisted. “We will put this result to the back of our minds and come out fighting next weekend.”