MONTROSE manager Steven Tweed is hoping his players can put their derby day nightmare behind them and pull off a shock result against Dunfermline in the cup on Saturday.
The New Year clash at Links Park saw the Gable Endies suffer a massive defeat at the hands of local rivals Arbroath, who knocked five goals past them.
But with the visit of Dunfermline in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, Montrose have the opportunity to knock First Division opposition out of the competition.
And now Mr Tweed hopes the team can bounce back after admitting Saturday’s result was hard to take.
He said: “Losing to our local rivals is hard but I thought we did well for the first 30 minutes.
“It was quite feisty at the start with tackles flying in but that is what you have to expect from these games.
“But after losing a couple of goals it became real backs to the wall stuff and unfortunately Arbroath got the result.”
Both Chris Hegarty and Gordon Pope were given their marching orders in the derby clash which reduced Montrose to nine men in the second half.
And the manager says this had a massive effect on the game.
He added: “The red cards had a huge impact on the game as it’s hard enough to win with 11 men never mind going down to nine.
“I think both decisions were a bit hard on the players who got sent off and then losing bad goals after they had gone made it harder for us.”
There are doubts over whether Hegarty and Pope will be able to feature in Saturday’s cup tie with Dunfermline after seeing red, but Terry Masson should be fit despite limping out of the derby clash.
The Pars will visit Links Park still smarting from their own derby disaster after losing 2-1 to rival Raith Rovers on Saturday.
And Mr Tweed is calling on his players for a good performance.
He explained: “It is a great game to look forward to, especially as it is in the fourth round of the cup and a big home tie, which is important for clubs like us.
“What I am looking for is a good performance from the players and if we get a full 90 minutes like the first 30 we had on Saturday, we will be happy.
“We are a very young team, and I think our oldest player against Arbroath was about 25 so a cup run would be good, especially if we can get a First Division or Premier League team in the next round.”