Evening Express

Cove boss Sheran refuses to dwell on past as he focuses on ‘winnable’ cup clashes

John Sheran

Boss John Sheran isn’t dwelling on Cove Rangers’ last visit to Central Park ahead of their return their tomorrow.

The Highland League champions were beaten by 3-2 by Cowdenbeath in controversial fashion in the League Two Play-Off final at the end of last season.

Cove felt Brad Smith’s winning goal shouldn’t have stood due to keeper Stuart McKenzie being impeded, while a mass brawl in stoppage time led to Sheran and opposite number Gary Bollan being sent off along with Cove’s Eric Watson and Scott Ross.

The Aberdeen team will return to face the Blue Brazil in their third game of the League Cup group stage.

Sheran, left, says any lingering frustration from the play-off defeat needs to be channelled into something positive.

He said: “It’s just another game, the occasion is completely different to what it was the other time so it’s just another game.

“Everybody is getting a bit too hung up on what happened before, it’s gone. “It’s a new season and a new set up and for us we don’t want to finish bottom of this group.

“So Saturday and next Saturday (against Raith Rovers) we are maybe targeting as games we can win. The frustration will be there for a while but we just have to deal with it and channel it into something positive.”

Having faced Inverness Caley Thistle and Hearts in their first two group stages matches, tomorrow’s game and the final fixture at home to League One Raith Rovers are more winnable games for Cove.

Sheran added: “We should have a more even playing field in that they are not far apart from us in the league set up. “We think we might have more of a chance of winning so we’ll try to do that.”