Black And Blue Brazil
By Alex Horsburgh
Updated Tuesday, 6th March 2007
Cowdenbeath assistant manager Danny Lennon tells the press the Blue Brazil are "hurting" after Saturday's defeat at the hands of their local rivals. Will Stirling Albion pile on more pain tonight at Central Park?
|story by Alex Horsburgh of www.internetfootball.co.uk|
Cowden can now say Goodbye to any hopes of promotion play-offs and they have another First Division contender to deal with this evening (Tuesday) when Stirling Albion come to town.
Stirling have signed David Bingham on loan from Gretna until the end of the season and the last time he was at Central Park he was helping the Border club to an 8-0 victory over the Fifers. Danny Lennon took over from Brian Welsh at Saturday's post-match press conference as die-hard Cowdenites rounded on the man many a Blue Brazilian feels was the wrong choice to replace 3rd Division title winning boss Mixu Paatelainen.
Assistant boss Lennon said: "4-1 down at half time you go for damage limitation and the lads are hurting in the dressing room. We simply collapsed when it went to 2-1 and the lads just couldn't recapture the form we showed at Ayr. Questions have to be asked about commitment but we are determined to bounce back against Stirling Albion."
The charge of nepotism reared its ugly head after Raith strolled to victory at Central Park and there is a section of the small but loyal Cowden fan base that think the club was in a real position to get a "name" in after Mixu Paatelainen raised Cowden up last term before departing for TPS Turku in his native Finland.
Billy Dodds and Terry Christie were two of the names in the frame and favoured by some Blue Brazilians after Mixu left but Chairman Gordon McDougall appointed his son-in-law, ex-Dundee Utd player Brian Welsh. This move for many in a blue and white scarf is starting to look like shades of the early 1990's when successful promotion winning boss and ex-Hibs defender John Brownlie was replaced by the hapless Andy Harrow, an ex Cowden-player with no real managerial experience brought in by McDougall, who took Cowden to a record-breaking sequence of defeats and instant relegation.
Cowden have a game in hand on second bottom Stranraer but there can be no doubt they will have to take something this evening from Stirling if they don't want to give the Stair Park men a chink of light. Only three points separate the Blues of Central Fife and Wigtownshire.
A tricky trip to Peterhead follows for Cowden this weekend as their supporters continue to ride the 2nd Division rollercoaster and hope their side can avoid a play-off contest with three sides looking to come up from Division 3 at the end of the season which draws ever nearer.
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