Hearts fan Danny helps Loons win dream League Cup draw

Photo - Chris Coutts.
Photo - Chris Coutts.

Danny Denholm was on target against Queen’s Park to send Forfar Athletic through into the League Cup second round to face boyhood club Hearts.

Denholm scored the second in a 2-0 win over the Spiders after Derek Young had opened the scoring.

I’ve been really impressed with the boys who’ve come in.

Danny Denholm

The winger is thrilled with the draw for the next round, and added that he felt the margin of victory on Saturday should have been wider.

Danny said: “I’m absolutely delighted with that draw. As an unseeded team we were never going to get an easy team so to draw my boyhood team is brilliant. No matter what the outcome it will be a great occasion.

“I think it could have been three or four. We had plenty of chances. We were still rusty in bits but we put some good passages of play together. Once they all click we can really kick on.

“It was good to score because I wasn’t having one of my best games individually. It’s good to get a door early doors in the season as well.

“The first goal was brilliant, five or six good passes and a great finish from Derek. If we can get back to that consistently we’ll have no problem.

“The manager made it clear on Tuesday he wasn’t happy with some performances and he was going to make some changes.

“Last year we were dumped out of the cups early doors. This year we’re still in them both.”

Denholm had special praise for the side’s new signings, with Bryan Hodge in particular proving to be very impressive.

He continued: “I’ve been really impressed with the boys who’ve come in. I didn’t know too much about Bryan Hodge, I’d played against him before and always thought he was a good player but I didn’t realise quite how good he is. You can’t get near him in training. He’s going to be great for us.

“Tam O’Brien, he was great on Saturday. He’s big, strong and quick. Kevin Nicoll as well. They’re all good on the ball and they’re all very athletic.

“We don’t have the budget of Dunfermline or Ayr United and they’ll be favourites, but we’re now regarded as being right up there and I think rightly so. But from our camp I don’t think you’re getting us talking ourselves up because we know it’s going to be a lot of hard work to be challenging at the top.”