Boss Daryl wants team to book spot

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Forfar West End boss Daryl McKenzie is hopeful that his side can confirm their Premier League status with the team playing twice this week.

West End face Broughty Athletic on Wednesday evening at home before they welcome Bathgate Thistle to Strathmore Park on Saturday.

Forfar played out a dismal 1-1 draw with Glenrothes on Saturday and McKenzie admitted a point was probably fair after a poor game.

Daryl said: “It was a decent enough point without being great. We didn’t play particularly well, we were very poor in the first half. We went in at half time 1-0 down deservedly.

“We did a bit better in the second half which was good. Then they got a man sent off which kind of killed the game a wee bit.

“We were happy enough with a point to be fair. The game just petered out, there were very few chances. Neither team really went for the three points. It was a pretty dire, dull 1-1.

“It was probably an opportunity missed in terms of confirming our status in the Premier League but it was more important not to lose the game.

“I don’t think there’s a guaranteed target for survival as such because North End have five games left. It’s highly unlikely they’d win all five of those games but they could very well win them all.

“I think we need more one more win to be mathematically safe but there’s quite a few permutations. We’ve still got to play North End and Bathgate.

“If we beat Bathgate on Saturday they can’t catch us, we’d be four points ahead of them and they’d have just one game left. Winning on Wednesday might not make it mathematically safe but it would take a disaster for us to go down.

“We’ve got Broughty on Wednesday night and that will be a tough game because they’re looking to confirm their place in the play-off for the Superleague.

“But we’ve beaten them once in the league already so we’re hopeful of doing the double on them.”