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Rovers can be decent if they take their chances, says Matthew Aitken

Daily Record logoDaily Record 4 days ago Andy McGilvray

Matthew Aitken says Albion Rovers could be a decent side in League Two this season, but says they need to be more ruthless up front.

The 23-year-old, who joined from Forfar in July, was disasppointed with the 3-1 opening day defeat against Stenhousemuir at Cliftonhill, and said they did create chances, but says they need to make more of them.

He said: "There were times when we got the ball down and in the final third we moved it a wee bit. It wasn't like we didn't have chances - we did - but it's about being more ruthless and actually taking them.

"If we start doing that I think we could be a really decent team this season, I think.

"It was frustrating out there; they're a big, physical team, and it's just experience that they had in their favour really, I think.

"It's obviously not the way we wanted to open the season up with a 3-1 defeat - we can't expect to ship in three goals and still win a game, it's just never going to happen.

"It needs to be better all round because we did have chances and if we had scored that first goal after half-time it probably would have been a different game, but they got ahead and it just got too much for us, I think.


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"It was frustrating; I had a couple of chances that I should have put away myself and we made a few more as well.

"Goals change games, and if we had got that first goal you never know how they would have reacted to that, but we didn't and that's not a good way to start the season, so we want to rectify that next week."

Rovers head to big-spending Queen's Park, who are heavy pre-season title favourites, and Aitken says there are a few things to be ironed out between now and then.

He said: "Queen's Park are obviously seen as one of the favourites, I think, for the league but at the end of the day that doesn't really matter and we're not worried about that at all.

"We just need to go and sort the problems that we've obviously found, and just put in an all-round better team performance, from the back to the front.

"We can't just say it's a case that we shipped in three goals because at the end of the day we only scored one and we did have chances.

"All through the team we need to go back and take a look at ourselves and think that needs to be better for next week.

"We would expect Queen's Park to be a better team than Stenny anyway, so we'll see what happens."

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