MONTROSE finally got the result they were looking for when they took away a 2-1 win from Berwick on Saturday.
Goals from Jamie Winter and Sean Pierce were enough to seal the victory despite the Wee Rangers taking an early lead.
The only blight for the Gable Endies was yet another red card, following a second bookable offence from Terry Masson, which the club cannot afford.
Manager Ray Farningham admits that he was worried when Berwick took the lead early in the first half and feared that Montrose might have faced another thrashing like they had done against Stranraer in the previous competitive game.
Farningham said: “After the six-goal hammering I just thought to myself here we go again when Berwick started so well and took an early lead.
“Then apart from those first 20 minutes under pressure we settled down and won the game.
“Hopefully that will have given them more confidence going into Saturday’s game against Annan but all credit to them for going out and winning.”
Assistant manager Stuart Garden added: “We needed the win for confidence. Even though we’ve not had bad performances we’ve not been able to build on the chances that we’ve had, but on Saturday the boys just stuck to the game and saw it through.”
Farningham admits that he fears the seven red cards in eight games have come to cost the club dearly. He said: “The amount of red cards is getting ridiculous with the decisions that have gone against us. This is going to cost us big time.
“In fact it already is as we now have two out of the squad for Saturday and with injuries too we are down to the bare bones.”
Garden added: “I don’t think it’s discipline that’s the problem, out of all of our sending offs I’d say that only one was a red card.
“It’s gotten to the stage you can’t touch anyone. We’ve told them to be careful and watch what they are doing but we don’t want them to think they can’t go in for a tackle.”
Now with a much needed win behind them Garden is hoping that this will lead to a change in the Montrose side that we have seen so far this season. He said: “Hopefully this will be a turning point. Although we’ve been creating chances we’ve not taken them until now. I’d say confidence is high.”
He added that he hopes this regained confidence will give them their second home win of the season when Annan come to Links Park. He said: “We want to win all of our home games. Of course Annan won’t be an easy game for us, they are currently joint top of the league, but we know what to expect from them and we will be ready.”
With Terry Masson and Jonathan Smart suspended and doubts over the injured Steven McPhee and David Dimilta, Farningham and Garden are hoping to make the most out of their situation and take away another win for the Gable Endies.
Garden said: “We’re down to the bare bones and won’t find out until tonight (Tuesday) what the situation is with Dimilta and McPhee but we will just have to get on with it.”