Montrose gaffer Paul Hegarty apologies for drab derby

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Montrose manager Paul Hegarty issued an apology to the fans after a damp squib of a derby against Arbroath on Saturday.

The fierce Angus rivals played out a dull 0-0 draw at Gayfield Park and the Gable Endies boss was moved to say sorry to those in attendance for the drudgery they witnessed.

But the gaffer did admit he was thrilled to see the side secure their first clean sheet since October.

Hegarty said: “It was a poor spectacle and I apologise to the fans that we didn’t play particularly well. I thought the conditions were a bit bumpy and they handled them a bit better.

“It was a poor derby. Truth be told they started much brighter and were the better side for 20 25 minutes.

“Once we got to grips with the game we were the better side but we never put their goalkeeper under pressure at all. The second half was much the same, we did slightly better but our final cross or final ball wasn’t good enough.

“It means so much to the fans in a derby and we wanted to win the game, it’s important for everyone involved with the club.

“I was not happy with the draw but I was happy with keeping our first clean sheet in many, many months.”