Peterhead FC: Huge cheer as Cox returns to Balmoor

RAMSDENS CUP'PETERHEAD V STENHOUSEMUIR'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S DAVID COX CELEBRATES HIS OPENER
RAMSDENS CUP'PETERHEAD V STENHOUSEMUIR'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S DAVID COX CELEBRATES HIS OPENER

Despite watching their side demolish Montrose with no less than four second half goals, the Balmoor crowd saved their biggest cheer for a returning hero - David Cox.

The 25-year-old former Annan and Alloa player has been out of action since October after breaking a bone in his foot in the clash with Berwick.

Though doctors had initially predicted Cox would be able to return to first team football in January, several setbacks and an operation have delayed his return.

Brought on in the 78th minute as a replacement for Andy Rodgers, Cox was unsurprisingly delighted after the match.

He said: “It was brilliant to get that kind of reaction.

“I’ve definitely missed playing so it was just good to be involved again and to get the run out.

“I’ve actually only trained five or six times, before that I was in the gym lifting weights and keeping myself ticking over.

“I played a bounce game last Monday and that was my first proper run out in six months.”

There are few more popular players in the Peterhead camp than the tireless Cox.

In the days before his injury, boss Jim McInally described him as ‘like The Beatles for Peterhead.’

After his injury McInally was forced to shuffle his pack after admitting he had no replacement to the left-sided forward.

The subsequent shift to a three-man midfield with two strikers has paid dividends though and Cox knows it will be hard to fight his way back into a winning team with only four games to play.

He continued: “I have to accept that I can’t just go straight into the first team just because I used to be a regular starter.

“All I can do is take my chance when I can get it, like on Saturday.

“We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing and, if we can beat Clyde, we’ll be left only needing one point from three games.”

Last year’s young player of the season scored twice in 13 appearances befoe his injury.