Boss Brian Reid has urged his Albion Rovers players to focus on a clean sheet against Queen’s Park this weekend.
The Cliftonhill side travel to Hampden on Saturday to take on the League Two title favourites after a 3-1 defeat to Stenhousemuir in their opener.
With Rovers conceding over 50 league goals in the curtailed campaign last term, Reid is determined to build from the back .
He told Lanarkshire Live Sport : “We want to try and bounceback from a disappointing result last weekend.
“The national stadium is a good place to play football.
“It’s a good surface with plenty of space and it’s a good time for us to go there and get a reaction.
“We have got to be positive and go there to get a better result.
“We need to be tighter than we were against Stenhousemuir.
“Hampden is a big, big park and if you’re not tight at the back you can be exposed quite easily.
“We need to make sure we don’t open up and make it easy for them to exploit us. “
And Reid insists it was individual errors, not his tactics, that cost them against the Warriors.
He added: “We need to be compact and don’t lose any cheap goals like we did against Stenhousemuir.
“Last Saturday it was just individual mistakes that cost us. I’ve watched it back now and it was nothing to do with tactics or anything like that, just players switching off.
“We need to stop that happening because if we can close the back door it will give us a good chance in games. We created a lot of chances on Saturday but were too open at the back. We need to get the balance right.
“At the moment I’d be happy with a clean sheet and scraping a 1-0.
“It was well-documented that last season Albion Rovers’ downfall was conceding goals, because they scored a lot. A clean sheet would be a building block for us.”