Montrose FC management team happy

Assistant manager John Holt and manager Paul Hegarty
Assistant manager John Holt and manager Paul Hegarty

Montrose manager Paul Hegarty described himself as relieved and delighted by Saturday’s derby victory over local rivals Arbroath.

He told the Review: “First and foremost, I’m just delighted to get the three points and relieved to get the victory. It was the manner of it which was most pleasing. All credit must go to the players who showed excellent attitude, application and ability.”

While delighting in the performance of the recalled Graeme Webster and describing Marvin Andrews’ display as ‘immense’, the former Scotland international felt it was unfair to single anyone out, stating: “Every single one of them, from the starting eleven down to the substitutes, all played their part.”

The manager felt that watching Arbroath on the Wednesday against East Stirling had been a very worthwhile exercise, giving him an idea of the Gayfield Park side’s strengths and weaknesses.

Mr Hegarty then went on to lavish praise on his assistant John Holt, saying: “John saw something in training with Graeme Webster, which maybe I didn’t, and suggested a role for him in the game that really nullified the Arbroath midfield.”

The manager added: “We know we have a tough eight games coming up but putting in a wonderful team performance like we did on Saturday should give us confidence for the challenge ahead.”