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Steven Hislop and Todd Lumsden watch on
Steven Hislop and Todd Lumsden watch on

They added colour, noise and vibrancy to what was an other wise, cold, went and miserable afternoon in Cowdenbeath.

And now Red Lichties boss Todd Lumsden reckons the club’s fans can be their twelfth man and surge them to a Scottish Cup date with Rangers at Ibrox.

Cowdenbeath will arrive at Gayfield this weekend for a third round replay after the two couldn’t be separated at Central Park.

If the incentive of advancing in the Scottish Cup wasn’t enough for Arbroath’s players, they now know that a win will set up a fourth round tie at Ibrox against the Gers.

The financial rewards for such a tie are well renowned, with Blue Brazil chairman Donald Findlay already issuing a rallying cry on his club’s website for their fans to travel north in numbers.

For Lumsden, though, such a reminder isn’t needed, with the gaffer knowing only too well about the strength of backing his players receive on a weekly basis.

He said: “The fans are absolutely fantastic.

“To be fair, they will be sick of getting told this but they came out to Brora away, Elgin away, Annan away - it’s just absolutely tremendous the following support we have.

“They have a right good day out and hopefully we’ll have another good crowd on Saturday for the cup tie.”

That Arbroath are even having to entertain Cowdenbeath on Saturday can be seen as a bit of an injustice.

The visitors arrived in Fife in high spirits after holding League Two leaders Annan to a 2-2 draw the week before.

There wasn’t just a quiet confidence about the players, there was an aggression and intent from the first whistle as they took the game to the side from a division above.

Lumsden certainly felt there were enough chances created by his side for them to have won the tie.

“On the balance of chances we probably did enough,” he said.

“On Bobby Linn’s one on ones alone we probably did.

“But credit to Cowdenbeath, they played their best stuff when they went a goal down.

“We still should have seen the game out.”

With last week’s game in the past, the manager is taking nothing for granted on his home turf.

“It’s half time in the tie,” he said.

“They showed towards the end of the second half that they have good quality.

“However, when they took the game to us, we showed what quality we have and got in behind them.

“We had the better chances overall.

“Cup games come and go and we’re looking for a consistency now each week.”