Gable Endies’ boss laments lack of end product

MONTROSE found themselves on familiar ground at the weekend after taking away no points from their league fixture against Albion Rovers on Saturday.

Despite feeling confident after the result the previous weekend against East Stirling when half-time substitutions inspired a win for the Gable Endies, they couldn’t find a goal at Links Park.

Boss Steven Tweed said: “We started like a house on fire and had a great chance in the opening minute but that was it for the first half.

“Their first goal was a decent finish but it was a horrible goal to lose from our point of view.

“We had to stay in it at 1-0 down but we gave away another cheap and basic goal.

“We were better in the second half. I put two subs on to freshen things up and, while that worked, there was still no end product.”

Assistant manager Ray Farningham was disappointed with the result especially after the win at East Stirling.

He said: “It was not a great result especially after the win last week at East Stirling. That has been our problem for most of this season - we don’t have enough consistency in our performances.

“We’ve not been able to maintain the consistency that other teams have managed and we’ve not been able to achieve back-to-back wins like other teams in the league.

“To lose a week after a win like that is really disappointing.”

Farningham agrees with the manager that the performance improved slightly at half-time and at that point Montrose still had the belief that they were still in the game.

He said: “It was only one nothing at half-time and we were still in the game as it was still early doors.

“We made the changes and managed to create a few more chances but nothing came of them.

“We brought on the two forwards to make these chances so it was disappointing we got nothing from it.”

Farningham is aware that some things do need to be worked on within the team not least the cheap goals which the team are still giving away.

He said: “We do give away cheap goals.

“The one on Saturday was similar to the game we had against Albion Rovers earlier in the season. Gemmell came straight down the middle to score his goal and the defender should have seen that. He should have been switched on to stop it happening.

“It always seems to be cheap goals that we give away and that is down to the whole team not just the defence.”

Looking towards this weekend’s away fixture at Annan Athletic Farningham retains his optimism.

He said: “On the day we could beat anyone - anyone in this league could. The difference with us is that we don’t have the consistency of the others.

“We will look at our problems at training this week with the players and work on them.”

He added: “The thing about our players is they never let their heads down and they have a great attitude.

“They never give up and chuck in the towel.”

Montrose will offer a special hospitality package for fans who wish to enjoy the match against Elgin on April 2.

For £30 a finger-food buffet will be available before the game and guests will be entitled to four drinks using specially issued tokens followed by a cash bar.