Montrose manager Hegarty pleased with opening quarter of campaign

Montrose boss Paul Hegarty hailed the attitude of his players after a decent first quarter showing.
Montrose boss Paul Hegarty hailed the attitude of his players after a decent first quarter showing.

With the first quarter of the league season done and dusted, Montrose gaffer Paul Hegarty is content with his side’s progress.

Mo ended last term safe after a nail biting crunch relegation play-off encounter.

If you’d told the Links Park faithful then that, just a few months later, the side would be sitting comfortable in fourth place they’d have snapped your hand off.

It’s been an opening to the season that Hegarty is proud of.

And the manager says there could be even more to come from his side if they can iron out a few issues - particularly away from Links Park.

“I think what the first quarter has shown is that there isn’t much at all between the teams in the league,” said the boss.

“Queen’s Park are probably the best team we’ve played but we did really well to take the three points off them.

“The attitude from our players has been first class and I want to keep getting that from them.

“But looking at the first quarter I think we should have a few more points from games away from home.

“There are games we’ve played away from home this season where we deserved to take something.”

At the weekend Montrose joined a host of other clubs kicking their heels due to the international break.

But Hegarty kept his squad busy and organised a bounce game with Forfar on Friday evening, which the manager says benefited the players and kept them ticking over.

However, the gaffer reckons that calling off lower league games due to the internationals is a redundant exercise.

“I don’t see why games at our level have to be called off for the internationals, - we should just continue with our season” he said.

“It’s not as if any of our players are away playing international football.

“I just wish we could have kept going.”

Reflecting on the Friday night friendly, the manager added.

“It was good for us.

“It gave us a chance to try one or two new things and a chance for John Holt and myself to see a couple of players in a few different positions.”