Andy Steeves wants defence to tighten up to continue Montrose home form

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Flying full back Andy Steeves was surprised that defensive mistakes cost Montrose against Annan Athletic.

The young backline has looked very solid this season so far, a level of consistency far above their age, but Annan’s goals all came from uncharacteristic errors on Saturday.

Steeves said it’s important for the team to tighten up at the back and return to their defensive solidity if they want to keep up a decent start to the campaign.

He said: “It was disappointing after the way we’d performed the previous two weeks.

“They were two very different types of wins. We played some really, really good stuff against Arbroath and broke them down. Then the following against Clyde was a dogged performance.

“We wanted to take them both into the Annan game.

“We worked very hard and played some nice stuff but for the first time this year, a defensive lapse let us down.

“It wasn’t a bad day. At times we dominated the possession and created some decent chances.

“If we want to improve on last year, and I believe we will, we need to go to the likes of Annan and Berwick and so on and take points.

“We need to tighten up at the back and avoid the goals we’ve been losing.”

Montrose will next face in-form Elgin City at Links Park, where they currently boast a 100 per cent record.

That record will be severely tested by Jim Weir’s flying City side who remain in the top positions of League Two.

But Andy believes the Gable Endies can have every confidence of continuing their impressive home form if they play to their strengths.

He added: “Elgin have started very, very well but so have we.

“We could have taken draws from our two away games then we’d be up the top.

“But we do perform better at home and I think if we keep playing like we have then we should be confident of beating any team.

“The surface was okay last year but it was tricky at times.

“The new surface is conducive to passing the ball which is great for the players in the team. It’s suiting us.”