Cowdenbeath look for edge to catch Spiders

Cowdenbeath need to find an attacking edge at home against Queen's Park today if they are to recover from a 2-0 defeat in the play-off semi-final first leg and remain a League 1 outfit.

Cowdenbeath manager Colin Nish is seeking to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Manager Colin Nish said: “We never threatened at Hampden and, in this second leg, we simply have to score. To win through we need to create chances and turn chances into goals. It would be great to score in 25 seconds like they did in the first game, or even in the first half to change the nature of the contest.”

Queen’s Park head coach Gus MacPherson said: “This tie is not over as we missed a lot of chances in the first leg. We have to be sure that does not come back to haunt us.

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“We will need to stand strong to win through at a difficult venue. The players we have are a great group to work with and they will do everything they can to get us the right result.”

In the other semi-final, Elgin City entertain a Clyde side who won the first leg 3-1 and Borough Briggs manager Jim Weir reckons that the first goal will be crucial. Weir said: “Clyde hurt us from set pieces and we need to defend better against them. If they were to score first then I would expect them to try to close the game out however, if we were to open the scoring, then we will grab the initiative.”

Clyde manager Barry Ferguson has returned from his Uefa Pro-Licence course, which saw him miss Tuesday’s first leg, and is in determined mood. Ferguson said: “We are ahead in the tie but we will not be going out to defend our lead. We are going out to add to it.”