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Albion Rovers "almost got egg on their face" in last-gasp cup win, says boss

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Sandy Clark admits he almost got “egg on his face” for experimenting with his Albion Rovers squad in Saturday’s South Challenge Cup win over West Park United.But the Cliftonhill boss says it was worth the risk to learn more about his side heading into Monday’s Scottish Cup first round clash with Stirling University.Lowland League Rovers raced into an early 2-0 lead thanks to strikes from Joe Bevan and Bright Prince, but the West of Scotland Third Division side mounted a comeback and equalised two minutes from time.The match looked to be heading for extra-time until Tylar Denholm bagged a stoppage time winner with his first goal for the club, sending them into a third round clash away to Armadale Thistle next month.And Clark said: “We nearly got egg on our faces, but it is all good in the end.“I took the opportunity to change the personnel and the formation a wee bit.

Niyah Joseph [the club’s top scorer] and Sean Fagan [defender] didn’t play, but the changes worked fairly well and we were 2-0 up.“At that point we should have been three, four or five up, to be honest.“But in the second half, we just weren’t as efficient as we should have been.“We let them back into the game with a sloppy corner.

We got caught and we had to defend that better. We lost a goal towards the end where we got sloppy again, but it was a good reaction from the players, to be fair.“I’m really pleased for young Tylar getting his first goal for the club.“It was an important one to give us the victory and avoid extra-time.“I made a few judgements to try things.

There were a few objectives in the game and I learned a lot from it, to be honest.“To play a different way and use different personnel was good.

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