Goal machine Gary Fraser hopes Montrose take confidence from their 4-2 win over East Stirling into this weekend’s game with Queen’s Park.
Fraser was on the scoresheet - hitting his 16th of the season - with Chris Templeman adding a double alongside Adrian Mallagaray’s goal as the Shire were brushed aside at Ochilview.
But Gary admitted it could’ve been a much more relaxing game as profligacy in front of goal in the first half allowed East Stirling to rally back after half-time and come back into the contest.
He said: “It’s a massive win, especially after we were excellent in the first half. We could have been more up than we were at half-time then we’ve came out and made it hard for ourselves.
“In the end it’s a great result and we go into next week confident at home to Queen’s Park. To get this result was massive, boys were different class and they worked very hard all over.
“Since big Chris came in, he’s holding the ball up well. We’ve got not only myself but midfielder runners coming off of him and we’re all chipping in with goals, so there’s a lot of goals there. We just need to cut out of some of the sillier ones we’re losing at the back.
“We made it much harder for ourselves by letting them back in the game when realistically, we should have had the game finished for half-time. We took our time and controlled the game but that’s Montrose for you, it’s never straightforward.
“This league is just crazy, whoever fancies it on the day will go and win the game. Just like Elgin a few weeks ago, they were top of the league but we fancied it more and we cruised the game. Hopefully that good result can let us push on and get a few more wins.
“We’re going in the right direction, and had we not had the injuries in the first half of the season then we could be in the play-offs right now. But with a few good wins we could well get up there.
“We need to go into games with the right attitude, getting on top of teams and putting ourselves on the front feet.”
Meanwhile, manager Paul Hegarty held his hands up and admitted super sub Mallagaray’s crucial goal was not a management masterclass.
The Spanish midfielder made it 3-1 for Montrose in the 80th minute, stroking Chris Templeman’s cut-back beyond Richie Barnard with his first touch after replacing Graham Webster.
And while Hegarty expects his management team to receive the plaudits for a tactical ploy, he said that wasn’t quite the truth.
He said: “We brought in Adrian Mallagaray for Graham Webster and I can assure you, it wasn’t any tactical class from the management team for the goal. We just wanted to freshen it up and then Adrian’s first touch is the goal.
“People will give the staff credit for that but Adrian gambled off of Chris Templeman and Gary Fraser, and he’s managed to get the ball over the line.”
Paul was thrilled to see the visitors pick up the win over the team lying bottom of League Two, but said the Gable Endies made it harder for themselves after failing to finish the Shire off in a dominant opening 45 minutes.
He added: “I’m much happier today. I thought we dominated the first half right from the first minute when their keeper had to make a save.
“He’s had to make three or four great stops and he’s kept them in it. I felt that with the opportunities we had, we should have been more clinical.
“We knew Craig Tully and his side would come out after half-time fighting and they were the better team for the next 25 minutes. They’ve obviously got us on the back foot and then before you know it they’re back in the game. They score a goal and unfortunately for us it’s even.
“It was a massive game for us, it was important for both teams. There’s still a lot to go, we’ve got eight games to go.”