Leaking defence needs plugged

20111126- Montrose vs Berwick Rangers. 'Montrose's Martin Boyle celebrates after opening the scoring. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",
20111126- Montrose vs Berwick Rangers. 'Montrose's Martin Boyle celebrates after opening the scoring. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

DISAPPOINTMENT and frustration were evident in Montrose FC manager Ray Farningham’s voice yesterday, when the Review spoke to him about Saturday’s disappointing result against Berwick Rangers.

Despite opening the scoring and putting another two past the visiting ‘keeper, the Gable Endies somehow contrived to lose five goals.

Mr Farningham said that four of the five goals lost were the result of errors, and should not have happened.

Only the final goal was the product of Berwick’s unaided skill and ingenuity.

The boss went on: “When you score three goals at home, you should win the game.

“But if you are conceding cheap goals that the opposition does not have to work for, that is not good at all.”

Mr Farningham did not keep his annoyance to himself after the 90 minutes.

He continued: “I made my displeasure very clear to the defence after the game.”

The boss said that he has been trying to strengthen the defence, but there are financial constraints as well as difficulties in finding suitable players.

Again, he expressed his frustration with the outcome and said that some of the squad are capable of being stronger, both physically and mentally.

“Against the higher opposition in Ayr United, there were many good performances.

“I told the team that our showing on that day was the benchmark that we had set ourselves. But on Saturday it was not to be.”

Yet again, Mr Farningham said he feels badly for the fans, who are entitled to see their team achieve results consistent with a side that can score goals in quantity.

This week Montrose have another home game, this time welcoming Alloa as the visitors to Links Park.

The Clackmannanshire outfit were dumped down to Division Three at the end of last season, and seem determined to bounce straight back up again.

They are placed second with 25 points, whilst Montrose are a more lowly eighth, with 13 points.

The last time the sides met, on October 6 at Alloa, Montrose went down, 4-2, although the Gable Endies had two goals chalked off for alleged offside.

While one feels that Mr Farningham would like to make a number of changes to his line-up, the necessarily small squad means that this is just not possible.

Alan Campbell is unavailable because of a groin strain, although Jonathan Smart is again fit to play.

The boss continued: “I’ll be tinkering with tactics for Saturday, in full recognition that the clear problem is defensive.

“From the middle to the front, there is creativity and the proven ability to score.

“But the other end must be stopped up.”