Montrose boss Paul Hegarty was thrilled with his side’s 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Arbroath.
The manager had special praise for his team’s experienced heads who set a terrific example for the Gable Endies’ youngsters, who showed up superbly in the derby clash.
Hegarty said: “I thought we played really well in spells. I think we could have scored more than three, we had several chances, and when the goalkeeper and back four were called upon they dealt with it with a lot of resilience and character.
“They’ve set themselves a standard now. We had good performances against Forfar and Hibs and it’s all well good playing well, but it’s about results.
“We came out all guns blazing. We’d emphasised to the players that it means a lot to the people of Montrose, it’s a local derby. We’ve got players who have been with bigger clubs.
“Irrespective of what derby it is, it means an awful lot to the Montrose public and we’ve got to go out there with a great attitude, great application and desire.
“The senior players were excellent because they led by example. When the experienced players set a good example, you get younger players following suit. Obviously the strikers have chipped in with the goals but you’ve got to look at Scott Johnston, Paul Watson and Ross McCord. They do jobs for us that you don’t necessarily see.
“Ross and Gary were excellent as well but those three, plus Webster who’s come back into the fold, were all fantastic. Those senior players all led by example and the youngsters followed that.
“They set a standard, they know what is required at this club and we’ve got to try and build from there.
“It will be difficult. We’re still trying to get two or three players in to enhance the squad and help the younger ones. If we can do that we’ll hopefully do okay.
“If somebody had offered us this result before the game we’d have grabbed it with both hands, we’d have grabbed a 1-0 with both hands. We know how important it is to get off the mark early on in the season. If you do that it helps everyone because the conference grows.
“I must admit, I thought we were excellent in all departments. I just thought we could have had a bit more composure with the ball when we were 3-0 up. That’s when you’re looking for players to take an extra touch and pass the ball correctly. But that’s touching at straws, I just thought we were excellent.”
Hegarty’s counterpart Todd Lumsden was very disappointing with his team’s performance, and said he’s happy to ring the changes to get the side back on track.
He said: “I’m really disappointed. The performance and result were disappointing. I was asking them what’s happened since pre-season.
“I said to the boys before the game that I was loyal to those who had started the game last week. They got the chance to stay in the team but they might not have that chance next week.”