Hegarty delighted by Montrose character following Annan draw

Photo by Alan Watson AAFC.
Photo by Alan Watson AAFC.

Paul Hegarty was delighted with the fantastic character his players showed to draw 3-3 with Annan Athletic on Saturday.

Not only did the Gable Endies fight back from 3-1 down with two late penalties, but they did so just a few days after suffering a 7-0 humiliation at the hands of Stirling Albion.

Hegarty said his team stood up to the plate and did the business for the fans and the management team.

He said: With what we had to contend with mid-week losing heavily, it just showed you the character and the determination of the players, which was fantastic.

“Obviously a lot of people were wondering about Saturday as regards to how we were going to perform and how were going to play. The players stood up to the plate and did fantastically well.

“The Stirling game, I read what Andy Steeves had said and he was 100 per cent correct. We just hope it doesn’t happen again, it was embarrassing and it’s not nice to happen to anyone - especially your club, your team.

“Reflecting on what they did on Saturday was fantastic. We scored of course then they equalise and soon it goes 3-1.

“Most teams put their tools away but with the team we’ve got, it just speaks volumes for what they got.”

It’s no easy task for Montrose on Saturday as League Two leaders Elgin City visit Links Park, but Hegarty is hopeful his players can take confidence from their improved run of form outwith the Stirling Albion loss.

He added: “Jim Weir’s done exceptionally well and we’re looking forward to the game.

“We just hope to continue where we left off prior to the Stirling Albion game because we had hit a bit of form, we had a bit of momentum so we need to recapture that and maintain that.

“The Saturday game at Annan away was a tough fixture but the players showed they can do it. We need to do it more often than not for the rest of the season.”