Masson: We’re happy to still be in the cup after Lothian Thistle draw

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Montrose star Terry Masson admitted the players felt relieved to remain in the Scottish Cup following the 1-1 draw with Lothian Thistle HV.

Ross Campbell had given the Gable Endies a deserved early lead as the visitors dominated their opponents.

But the East of Scotland champions came back into the game and deservedly took the game to a replay with an equaliser.

And Terry said it was a bit of a relief that Montrose have a replay in their future because Thistle had a gilt-edged chance right at the end of the game.

He said: “I think it was a fair result. We were disappointed at the end of the game but we were also a bit relieved.

“With the start we had and the chances we created in the first 20 minutes, we probably should have put the game to bed but they grew in confidence.

“They had a big chance right at the end of the match which was fortunately offside. So we’re relieved to still be in the Scottish Cup.

“After the disappointment at full-time to put it in perspective, we’re still in the cup and they still have to come to our bit, so we’re still in a strong position I think.

“We were favourites for the game but we were under no illusions, we knew it would be a difficult game. We’ve played teams like that before and they always make it difficult, it’s always a big game for them.

“But we still felt it was a game we should be going and winning.

“The way the game went, we didn’t perform as well as we’ve been doing and a draw was a fair result. They definitely deserved something out of the game. They’re used to winning and scoring goals so they’d have thought they had a good chance of beating us.”

The cup replay joins a rearranged League Two game as mid-week fixtures in the Gable Endies’ immediate future but Masson says the players are relishing the games.

He continued: “Obviously in the winter there are more games in the mid-week. The players don’t mind that though, we’d rather be playing than training. It’s also a chance for the management to use the whole squad, some of the players not getting much time can get a run-out.

“There’s nothing better than having a cup run. It’s not next round the big teams come in but if we can get through this round, then draw someone we can beat then it is a good opportunity to get a good tie perhaps.”

It’s the visit of Berwick Rangers in the league this Saturday and Terry believes the Mo can return to winning ways if they can emulate their style of play from the beginning of the campaign.

The midfielder added: “I think we need to get back to doing what we were doing at the start of the season to achieve success. Berwick are a similar team to us, they’re maybe lacking consistency but I think if we turn up and do what we can do as a team then I think we should be able to pick up a win.

“It was a close game down there but we know the teams are all similar. It’s just who turns up on the day. In this league who scores first usually goes on and wins the game, and it’s important we start every game well.”