Darren Young proud but tells players to stay focused
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Rovers gaffer Darren Young knows there is still work to be done despite his side holding a seven-point lead at the top of League Two. Darren insists he couldn’t be prouder of his super squad – as we home in on the League Two championship.
Two victories in the space of four days over title rivals Arbroath and Queen’s Park means it is ours’ to lose going into the last six games.
And Young saluted his part-time players’ efforts – before urging them to stay focused and complete the job.
He said: “It’s been a great week for us. We knew how much it would mean to our position in the league if we could beat Arbroath and Queen’s Park.
“We’ve managed to put ourselves in a great position. It’s tremendous that we picked up two wins and also kept two clean sheets.
“I couldn’t be any more proud of the boys – not just for this past week but over the whole season.
“Everybody has stood up to be counted. It has been a real squad effort with the backroom team also playing their part.
“We’ve developed consistency and got to a level where we are producing it week in, week out.
“But the title isn’t won. We will continue to prepare for our games week by week. We will analyse the opposition and decide how we approach the games accordingly.
“We’ve not looked or worried about the teams around us.
“It’s been about what we can do. We don’t want to give Queen’s Park any encouragement whatsoever. We want to kick on and keep doing well.
“Nothing is won yet and until it is mathematically impossible they will keep on fighting.
“All credit to them – they are up to second position and been consistent this season.”
Former Kilmarnock midfielder Gary Fisher netted his second goal of the season at Hampden on Saturday to earn Rovers a fifth straight win.
We have now won all five meetings with the Spiders this term and extended our advantage over previous runaway leaders Arbroath to 11 points.
Young added: “The players haven’t surprised me – if anything we think we can do better.
“In games, we have defended as if our lives have depended on it and that’s what you’re looking for.
“Credit has to go to the boys at the back but defending from the front is something that we work on.
“We’re solid as a team and everyone is doing their bit.
“I don’t think there has been any secret to our wins against Queen’s Park. It’s down to hard work. We’ve been solid and took the chances when they have came our way.”
Strength in depth has also been key and been a real asset to Rovers in this final quarter of matches.
The likes of John Gemmell, Scott Chaplain and Marc McKenzie would walk into most League Two teams but are stuck on the bench just now.
“We’ve added a wee bit of quality to the squad and that has given everybody a lift,” acknowledged Young. “People are fighting for their places.”
Rovers return to action at home to Elgin City this weekend and Young insists there will be no let up in the pursuit of automatic promotion.
“We’re still creating chances when we get ahead and could be putting teams to the sword,” the former Aberdeen star added.
“There is a feelgood factor around the club. We know it’s getting closer but we won’t rest on our laurels until we’ve done the job.”