Ross Campbell says Montrose unbeaten run shows who they really are

Photo by Alan Watson AAFC.
Photo by Alan Watson AAFC.

Ross Campbell believes last week’s mid-week thrashing from Stirling Albion isn’t the Montrose result that matters.

Rather, the Gable Endies utility man says the club should focus on the five games they’ve been unbeaten in their last six outings - including that 7-0 loss at Forthbank.

Ross was on the scoresheet on Saturday as Montrose fought back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Annan Athletic, with Gary Fraser grabbed a 92nd minute equaliser.

Campbell said the side were correct to write the Binos defeat off as a freak occurrence, because it’s performances like the one at Galabank that truly reflect the players.

He said: “I think first half we were the better team and second half Annan were the better team, so in simplistic terms you aggregate that out and a draw seems fair.

“I think they were quite difficult circumstances as well. They were putting us under a lot of pressure by putting the ball into dangerous areas, down the hill and with the wind, so we couldn’t get ourselves out.

“We were a bit more leggy and they were fresher not having had a game in mid-week. All things considered, and add to that we got beat 7-0 in the week, you could’ve understood if we’d gone on to lose four or five but it just goes to show the spirit that the boys have that they manage to get something from the game.

“It was a freak result at Stirling to be honest and I think we were right to treat it like that. We were unbeaten in four before that, we’d played against a lot of the teams at the top. Then Annan were second for a while and have done so well in the Scottish Cup.

“So to look at it, we’re unbeaten in five out of six games so we should be positive. Tuesday was a disaster, everyone in the team knew that. But I think we were correct to pass it off as a freak result.

“Anybody could tell on Saturday that we had a point to prove, there was good energy. Chris was a fantastic help up front and we should have been two or goals up at half-time but we went in at 1-1 which was a bit of a surprise.

“I think we should take confidence into the Elgin game this Saturday. There have been one or two games this season where we’ve not been at the races at all and we’ve been well beaten.

“But every other game, we’ve been in it for spells at least and it’s only been individual mistakes that have cost us.

“Even up at Elgin, as good as they’re doing they didn’t dominate the game against us. We had good spells and I think we gave away a couple of sloppy goals.

“We beat them earlier on in the season too. The points totals suggest it’s a really tight league.”