Paul Hegarty tells Montrose players: don’t start playing when you’re two goals down

Kyle Wilkie battles to retain the ball. Photo by Phoenix Photo Shop
Kyle Wilkie battles to retain the ball. Photo by Phoenix Photo Shop

It’s an indication of both how far the club has come in the last year and also the high standards set by boss Paul Hegarty that the gaffer was still largely unhappy after Saturday’s unlikely comeback.

A lot of managers who had watched their side bounce back from being two goals down to snatch a draw may have been grateful for the point.

But Hegarty insists that isn’t good enough for Mo anymore, at home or away, and called on his side not to put themselves in that position again.

He said: “That’s the worst we’ve played apart from the opening 10 minutes.

“We put them under a bit of pressure at the start and then after that stopped playing from the 10th minute to the 65th minute and by that point we were 2-0 down.

“There was nothing that I saw in any shape or form that I associate with Montrose.

“It was lethargic and a performance played in second gear. It was only late on when we changed one or two things that we got something out of it.”

Hegarty admitted there were a few harsh words at the half-time interval, in frustration the Fifers had not had to work for their opening goal.

“When we got people running off Chris Templeman and going at them we started to get a wee bit joy,” said the gaffer.

“The boys I have here are a great bunch and they showed they have a bit of character and their attitude is second to none.

“But why should you start playing when you’re 2-0 down? that’s the question and they couldn’t give me an answer.

“They don’t know so if they don’t know I certainly don’t.

“But it was a salvage job. They are great boys, one of the best I’ve had in my football career, and I mean that.

“They are honest as the day is long and to get back from 2-0 against a team second in the league speaks volumes. It was a wonderful comeback.”