BUDDIES boss Gus MacPherson last night warned his players they won’t get it easy when they take on Alloa Athletic in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
Allan Maitland’s side earned a cup showdown with St Mirren by defeating Cowdenbeath 1-0 at Recreation Park during Tuesday night’s third round replay.
A late strike from Mark Gilhaney was enough to secure a win for the Wasps, who will now travel to St Mirren Park on Saturday, January 9.
And MacPherson, who witnessed Tuesday’s game, reckons Alloa have the players to give Saints a real run for their money.
He said: “I went through to watch the game and it was an evenly matched affair.
“It looked at one stage as if it was going to go to extra time but Alloa managed to get that late goal.
“They are a very well organised side who have players that have played at a higher level.
“They’ll enjoy coming to an SPL stadium and they’ll look forward to it.
“As with any cup game, it won’t be easy.”
Meanwhile, MacPherson will give injured duo Lee Mair and Craig Dargo as much time as possible to declare their fitness ahead of Saturday’s SPL clash with Falkirk.
The Buddies duo face a race against time after sustaining hamstring strains.
And MacPherson will leave it until later in the week before making a final decision.
He said: “We’ll wait to see how they both are before we decide whether or not to include them in our plans for Saturday.”