Self-belief needed

DESPITE coming away from their last league fixture on a winning high, Montrose were left facing more disappointment with a 3-1 loss against Queen’s Park on Saturday.

The Gable Endies had taken an early lead with a goal from youngster Martin Boyle and manager Ray Farningham hoped that they would be able to capitalise on this.

It was not to be, however, and with the scores lying level at half-time Montrose knew they had a job to do in the second half

But like so many more times this season, they let the game slip away from them leaving them with nothing.

Mr Farningham said: “I’m obviously disappointed with the result.

“We were 1-1 at half-time and I thought we had done well to get that since we were not playing particularly well.

“They knew they had to raise their game in the second half to win but they failed to do that.

“The defence were our best players, the midfield and up front were not great.”

Now a quarter of the way into the season, Mr Farningham is unsure what has gone wrong with the team that looked like they would get off to a flying start.

He said: “I don’t know what goes through their heads once they cross that line onto the pitch.

“They don’t seem confident in themselves.

“If we won this game it would have moved us quite a bit up the table but we just need to get confidence.

“The players need to look at themselves and get it together before they can play better.”

Hoping to put the result and the league behind them for now, Montrose will face fellow Third Division side Clyde at home this Saturday in the Scottish Cup.

Mr Farningham is hoping that they will be able to do enough to get through to the next round.

The boss said: “We’ve got the cup game on Saturday now so we can forget about the league for a moment.

“It’s all about getting through this game and getting into the next round.

“It’s going to be a tough game, Clyde had a great result at the weekend so they will be brimming with confidence at the moment.”

Although the Links Park supremo is unsure about what has gone wrong with his team he is certain that they will be able to pick themselves back up.

He said: “Our problem is that we are just not consistent.

“We’ve only got a small pool of players so we do have to play about with formation.

“We played four-four-two against Peterhead and did well in that game so we tried that against Queen’s Park with just the one change and lost.

“Attitude is not the problem, it is always first class whether at training or going into games, the players always seem to be on a high when they’re coming in.”

He concluded: “I don’t know what’s going on in their heads, I think they need to look at themselves individually.”