Montrose midfielder Paul Watson: Stirling loss is a sickener

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Montrose midfielder Paul Watson reckons his side deserved to take at least a point from last Saturday’s defeat to Stirling Albion.

The Mo matched Albion for long spells and could have been goals to the good by the time a stroke of good fortune allowed Darren Smith to put the home side ahead.

And Watson says Montrose must stop giving teams opportunities as they continue to look for their first league win of the season.

He said: “It is a tough one to take. Being completely honest, I still don’t know how we lost that game 2-0. They didn’t really threaten us in the first half, while although we didn’t have any clear-cut chances, we were in good areas.

“We dominated the game, but then they got a lucky break. For the second, we were up the park chasing the game and Marc McKenzie has hit a wonder strike. Nine times out of ten he’s missing the target from there.

“We had a great chance to take something from the game. We needed to be better in the final third, but we were getting ourselves into good areas and we had plenty of possession. We said at half time that we had to push on and get that goal, but it’s typical of us to let teams in like we did.

“You do feel like you are chasing the game once you go a goal down. Even after that we got in some good areas and created some opportunities, but we have to be better in the final third. They had big centre-halves, and even though we were getting a lot of crosses into the box, they were dealing with them.”

The 30-year-old believes the Gable Endies now have a great chance to get some points on the board, with two consecutive home games against Annan and Cowdenbeath, and he says they must be aiming to take maximum points.

Watson said: “We will take the positives out of the game. We have two home games in a row now which is a great chance to get some points on the board.

“The fact that Annan have just beaten Clyde shows you what this league is like. Anyone can beat anyone so we will be looking to win those two games.”

The midfielder dismissed suggestions it could be another season of battling at the wrong end of the league table, but admitted they must turn things around now.

He added: “I’m not too concerned just now. We have shown plenty of positive signs, and we should have beaten Clyde and Arbroath. It is early days so we won’t be getting too down in the dumps. We just have to start turning our performances around.”