Cowdenbeath After Match Reaction

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For long spells last night it looked as if for the second time this season we would dominate long spells of a game at Central Park yet emerge without even a single point. A draw was not the result we were looking for prior to the game but Iain Flannigan's goal five minutes from the end on a horrible night meant that we did at least return to Glasgow with a point.

That it should have been three points was clearly the view of a frustrated Ian McCall who spoke to after the game.

"I thought the days of me getting so angry at decisions that have gone against us were long over but I've no doubt that tonight that key decisions have ultimately cost us two points. The penalty that was awarded against us was really one of those things that had to be seen to be believed. It has been a Cowdenbeath player that has handled the ball and the fact that the Cowdenbeath players were heading back thinking that it was a free kick for us tells its own story."

"We've then been denied a clear penalty when Paul Cairney was hauled to the ground just as he was about to score and even right at the finish play has been called back for a free kick to us just as we are getting clear on goal. Those decisions aside though this was still a game that we created enough opportunities to win two games. On another night we could have scored five or six. It's a huge disappointment, therefore, to us that we didn't manage to get the victory. We think that we still have a good chance of finishing the season in the top four, we aren't too far off that at the moment, and three points tonight would have taken us to fourth place."

"Conditions out there were really difficult and as disappointed as we are not to have won or play as well as we can do I'm not going to be too harsh on the players. There is no doubt that there is a bug sweeping right through Firhill at present. If we hadn't been playing Saturday/midweek then I would have closed the doors for a couple of days in an attempt to clear the place of the bug but I can't do that with the schedule of matches we have at the moment. Tonight we had players playing while a lot less than 100% fit. I spoke to Craig Hinchcliffe after the warm up to see how Scott Fox was and he thought that Scott was no more than about 60% fit. He was in the dressing room before and after the game coughing his guts up. We just hope that the bug will be well and truly cleared come the weekend." 

To finish up the manager had a few words about new loan signing Ryan McGowan. 

 "It was a difficult game for Ryan to come into but I thought that he did well. He has only been playing reserve football and he will need a few games but we've got him here for about six weeks during a really busy schedule and he will get games. He can play just about anywhere across the middle which is a real boost and he has got terrific energy levels as well. He told me before the game that he had a long throw but I didn't realise just how good that it was until tonight. It's another option for us but I wouldn't want us to become a team that rely on a long throw into the box."  

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