Boss urges his players to be more ruthless

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MONTROSE manager Ray Farningham is calling on his players to take their chances as a lack of fire power up front saw the Gable Endies go down to their second defeat of the season.

After recording an impressive 3-0 win against Elgin City at Links Park the previous week, Mr Farningham’s side were hoping to build on the three points.

But a single goal was all it took for Clyde to take maximum points from the clash at Broadwood on Saturday.

Montrose, who were also reduced to 10 men after Paul Lunan was shown red, had numerous opportunities to take something from the game.

And the manager says this will need to change if they want to put a run of good form together.

He explained: “I thought we deserved something from the game on Saturday but not taking our chances is what cost us.

“That made it a disappointing result because we could have at least brought it level.

“We did the same when we played East Stirlingshire and we need to be more ruthless up front and get goals.

“If you don’t take your chances in this league there is no doubt you will struggle to win.”

A couple of controversial decisions in games seem to have hampered the Gable Endies in recent weeks with Saturday being no exception.

The boss reckons his side were hard done by with the sending off and the Clyde goal which he said looked to be offside.

He said: “That’s three red cards now since the start of the season and Paul Lunan’s on Saturday was definitely not a sending off, even their manager Jim Duffy said he didn’t think it was either.

“It just seems now that you can’t even tackle in the game any more.

“By all accounts their goal was offside and I think we probably should have been awarded a stonewall penalty.

“Things are definitely seeming to go against us at the minute but hopefully we will get the rub of the green this Saturday.”

The Gable Endies welcome Stranraer, who moved off the bottom of the Third Division on Saturday with a win over Berwick Rangers, to Links Park at the weekend.

And Mr Farningham said he hoped the result at Broadwood was just a blip and that they would be able to progress further up the league.

He added: “Obviously we will be looking to build on the good result we got against Elgin and it would be a big three points if we could get them.

“Hopefully we can take our chances at home and it would set us up nicely before the break next weekend.”

Paul Lunan will be missing from the clash against Stranraer as he serves out his suspension and the boss hopes this will strengthen competition for places.

He said: “We have been in the same position over the last couple of games so hopefully it will spur players on to stake their place in the team.”