Peter Murphy has told his Annan Athletic players they must not let their standards slip, ahead of their trip to Albion Rovers.

Murphy’s men have already secured a Scottish League Two play-off berth but, due to their superior goal difference, they can still finish third if they win today (3pm kick-off) and Edinburgh City lose at Stirling Albion.

"It’s the same with any game. There is loads to play for," said Carlisle United favourite Murphy who scored the Blues’ winning goal in their 2011 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final.

"For us, it’s really about maintaining the standards because, if we drop off, we will find it hard going into the play-off game on the Tuesday or Wednesday."

Should the Black and Golds pick up a result, they will finish on their highest points total since they were voted into the Scottish Football League in 2008, beating the points tally they accumulated in the 2013/14 campaign when they finished second.

Former Republic of Ireland international Murphy, 38, said: "If that’s the case, that’s great. But we need to get more points to better that.

"I’ve set my team some challenges in the last two games. Last week [in a 3-0 victory at Queen’s Park], we did it but this week we didn’t as we work towards the play-offs and we need to make sure we stay concentrated. I know we got the win, which the most important thing, but I think paying attention to smaller details will help us get through games better."

In their last home league fixture of the scheduled season, the Galabankies earned a 3-2 win against Cowdenbeath.

An Aidan Smith double and a strike from experienced frontman Christian Nade had put Annan in control, before Jordan Allan struck twice in the second half.

Boss Murphy said: "At 3-0, maybe the boys thought ‘oh yes, this is going to be easy’. Then, straight away, three passes went straight through the spine of the team and they scored a goal. That’s the most frustrating for me.

"All the lads are excited about winning the game, whereas I’m more frustrated about conceding two goals, especially after the clean sheets we have had in the past few weeks."

But Rangers loan keeper Aidan McAdams did make a fine 82nd-minute stop to deny Blair Malcolm as the Black and Golds held on for the points.

On the save, Murphy said: “It was a good save but I think their keeper [David McGunn] has made a couple of saves, as well.

"Aidan wasn’t called upon a lot during the game, and there were some horrible periods in the game with the hailstorms and the wind, but we managed it well. Their keeper made a some saves in the first half through two of our corners when Aidan Smith could have scored and Christian Nade could have scored.

"I think we worked their keeper a lot more than they worked ours, so we’re a little frustrated to not score more than three goals, but to score three goals is a good achievement in any game."

Winger Chris Johnston, meanwhile, will find out tomorrow if he has been named PFA Scotland League Two Player of the Year.

He is up against ex-Annan man Blair Henderson, who is at Edinburgh City and could still win the Tartan Boot for Scotland's top scorer, and Clyde duo David Goodwillie and John Rankin.