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HARD TO TAKE; Cup exit piles pressure on Albion.

Byline: DAVID OGILVIE

Stirling Albion manager Kevin Rutkiewicz admits his side paid a heavy price for poor finishing as they were knocked out of the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Cup by St Mirren's U21 side.

Max Wright missed a penalty as the Binos' poor form in front of goal continued in Paisley, piling on the pressure ahead of a huge game at home to Elgin City in Ladbrokes League 2 on Saturday.

Stirling Albion fans have the chance questions to manager Rutkiewicz and the at a Q&A session tonight (Wednesday) The event is supporters, not members, and invited to come have their Albion are yet to get a point on the board in League 2 and suffered a 3-0 loss at Elgin in the Betfred Cup in July.

Rutkiewicz (right) said: "It's a must-win game for us - for the boys, for me and for the club. I'm not going to shy away from that pressure and I'm going to get the players riled up for it. I'm not going to try to hide the importance of the game because it's time to stand up and be counted.

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"St Mirren was a massive game for lots of reasons and we let ourselves down badly. Performance wise, we were generally OK but that doesn't matter - we have to find a way to win these games.

"We've got to be looking at why we are not scoring because we had 20-odd shots at goal, a lot of them from good positions.

" Josh Peters had one that just went wide and another one he should have done better with. Sean Heaver had a terrific opportunity which he curled over the bar and Dylan Bikey got in some great positons but our final ball wasn't good enough."

The manager went on: "Their keeper had a great save from a header and from Max Wright's volley near the end and we had a couple of headers that we should do better with. I think Cammy Binnie only had one save to make before St Mirren scored and we could be sitting here with a four or five-one win but we're not.

"I'm so disappointed for the fans who turned out in good numbers, because there can be no excuses for not winning that game. Yes, there is a lot of experience and talent sitting in the stand because of injuries and suspensions, but that's not why we didn't win - we were the better team and it has totally boiled down to chances not taken.

"I've got to believe that if we continue to get into these positions, we will score goals but the clock is ticking and I know that. Saturday against Elgin was already a huge game but it's been amplified after the St Mirren result.

"The boys look frustrated and short on confidence - the only thing that will change that is positive results."

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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