FORFAR Athletic manager Dick Campbell was delighted to see his side get back on track on Saturday, after an indifferent start to the season.
Speaking immediately following the three-two victory over Airdrie United - the Loons’ first league win of the campaign - the manager praised his side’s spirit.
Having got off to a flier, a poor decision and some indecision allowed Airdrie to get their noses in front, before Forfar got on top again.
The visitors’ first goal looked a mile offside.
“I spoke to the referee at half-time and he said number six was playing the scorer on,” said the manager. “Not in my eyes he wasn’t.
“Then, the young goalie was partly to blame for the second goal. We have had a bit of that and it’s something we need to address.
“But we showed great spirit to come back and Steve Crawford did well for us. He is 39-years-old yet he is still chasing the ball down at the corner flag in the last five minutes. That’s fantastic.
“And the goal from Mark Fotheringham was worthy of winning any game.
“I know what it’s like to beat Airdrie United. They are one helluva team, and remember they beat Raith Rovers in midweek.
“I am happy for everyone at Station Park, for you couldn’t say we didn’t deserve to win the game. It was end-to-end stuff. It was a stimulating game, although some of the decisions were strange.
“I don’t think the referee had one of his better games,” he concluded in diplomatic fashion, after pondering how Ross Campbell could pick up a yellow for simulation when he was crunched to the ground.
The Loons now have time to re-group ahead of the derby trip to nearby Brechin City a week on Saturday, having bowed out of the Scottish Communities League Cup at Queen of the South in midweek.
Forfar, by all accounts, put up a good show against first division opposition at Palmerston on Tuesday evening.
A first half strike by Tom Brighton flattered the Doonhamers, and it wasn’t until Allan Johnston found the net for a second that the home side could enter the comfort zone, substitute Nicky Clark adding a third from a Carmichael assist.
Assistant manager Ian Campbell said: “Overall, we were not too disappointed.
“The first goal was a turning point because we had been in contention up to that point.
“I think the final score-line flattered Queen of the South a wee bit, but we defended better than we have been doing.”
While there’s no game this weekend, with the transfer window about to close at midnight on Wednesday (tonight), don’t be too surprised if there are comings and goings at Station Park, with manager Dick Campbell hoping to bring in one or two new faces.