Boss Paul Hegarty praises first class Montrose

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Montrose manager Paul Hegarty praised his side's response to last weekend's draw with Lothian Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

A brace from Gary Fraser and goals from Ross Campbell and Graham Webster handed the visitors an impressive 4-1 win over Berwick Rangers.

Hegarty said: "I was looking for a response and a reaction after two disappointing games which were Arbroath two weeks ago when we lost 3-1 and obviously against Lothian Thistle in the Scottish Cup the following week.

"We were pleased with the performance and more so the result because over the last couple of games we hadn't played particularly well and I was a bit critical of the players and the performances and they've given me the response I was expecting which was a real positive first class display.

"As a manager what you're looking for is for the players to say well I’ll go show him which is what they did on Saturday. At ten to five on Saturday evening the changing rooms were like a hive of activity; they were happy, they were laughing and joking and that’s what I want at the club."

With 15 shots in total on Saturday Hegarty believes his side could have had 
even more.

He said: "We had three very good chances before we scored the first goal and I'm saying to myself is it going to be one of those days when we get opportunities and we don't take them.

"We had chances, you're going to get chances and obviously you want to score as many goals as possible but if somebody said to me you were going to score four goals every game irrespective of whether you're Montrose or Manchester United you would grab it 
with both hands."

But it wasn't just the goalscorers who received praise from their manager who was impressed with the performances of all of 
his players.

Hegarty said: "it was a good all around performance from everybody, the goalkeeper who made a couple of great saves late on in the game and our back four was fairly solid.

"I thought Terry Masson and Ross McCord in midfield along with Scott Johnston were fantastic and when you get the goalscorers doing what they did then that's exactly what you're asking for."

The result moves the Gable Endies up to second in the table just five points behind leaders Annan Athletic but with just six points separating eight sides Hegarty isn't getting comfortable yet.

He added: "If we had lost to Berwick Rangers on Saturday we'd have been sixth in the league and they were very close to being second in the league.

"That's how close the league is, you could throw a blanket over all the teams and there's very little to show between the top and 
the bottom."