First match with george in charge

George Shields
George Shields

Montrose FC faced Queen’s Park as George Shields stepped up as stand in manager after Stuart Garden left last week.

The Gable Endies drew 1-1 against Queen’s Park.

It was defender Paul Watson who scored Montrose FC’s lone goal of the game in the second half of the match.

Mr Shields said: “I think it was a good game and the boys played really well.

“I think they deserved to win with the way they played.”

He said that he doesn’t feel the players haven’t been affected by Mr Garden leaving the club.

“It’s always sad when a manager leaves but the boys are professionals.

“I’ve had a chat with them and told them what I expect and what will be happening,” said Mr Shields.

He added that one of his strategies as caretaker manager will be to change up the players with everyone in the team getting a chance to play.

“There will be changes to the line-up for Saturday’s match,” he said.

The assistant manager will be taking over as gaffer now until the end of the season.

He said: “The chairman, Derek Sim, has told me that he isn’t in any rush to get a new manager before the end of the season.

“I’m thankful to the directors for them giving me this opportunity.

“Hopefully we will be able to secure as many wins as we can.”

He added: “I like it at Montrose, it’s a good club. All the directors, players and staff are great.

“The fans have been really supportive. They want to see us win and we want to see us win as well and for us to be successful.”

Mr Shields said he felt it the last two games that Montrose FC lost, 3-0 against Elgin City and 4-0 against Peterhead last week, ruined the Gable Endies’ chances of getting into the play-offs.

“It didn’t help that we had a couple of players leave early in the season due to work commitments, and then three out of the five players we took out on loan were injured,” he said.

He added that Peterhead were deserved winners as they had been the “most consistent” this season.

There are only three games on the season left for the Gable Endies, and Mr Shields said they will be looking to win them all so they can finish the season strong.

This week Montrose FC face Clyde at Links Park. Last time they met the Cumbernauld side they drew 1-1.

They will then take on Annan Athletic at home before facing East Stirlingshire in an away game.