Campbell blasts players after late collapse costs Forfar three points

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Seething Forfar Athletic boss Dick Campbell slammed his players after their 2-2 draw at Stirling Albion on Saturday.

The manager was furious as a late brace from substitute Sandy Cunningham saw Forfar squander their two-goal lead with just 17 minutes to play.

And Campbell blasted his side for their performance, saying that they just weren’t good enough despite the quality of goals scored by Omar Kader and Gavin Swankie.

He said: “We have set a clear standard for ourselves but we never, ever got out of a jog. We were guilty of not applying ourselves properly.

“With 12 minutes to go we’re sitting top of the league. The young laddie’s went on and scored two good goals.

“We looked in total control of the game. We’ve got two opportunities to clear our lines, and we don’t clear our lines.

“The boy scores a good goal but there are five opportunities to clear the thing. The second, Dale Hilson who has been doing exceptionally well, miscontrols a pass and they go down the park.

“They get the ball in the box, we leave it to each other, and they get the break of the ball.

“Credit to Stirling because they’ve been having a bad time of it. Whether they deserved to get a draw I’ll leave for others to say, I’m more interested in my own team. I don’t think we played well enough to win the game.

“We scored two great goals, two great, workmanlike goals, but I still didn’t think we did enough to win the game.”

There was a bizarre incident in the early stages when Swankie was awarded a penalty following a challenge from Chris Smith, but the referee changed his mind after communicating with his assistant.

But Dick and the rest of the Forfar side were confused with that call because the referee himself seemed to be in a much better position to see the incident than the assistant.

He continued: “The penalty is a strange one for me. I’ve spoken to the referee about it, he gives a penalty, then the far side linesman says it’s not a penalty. But the referee’s closer to the game than the far side linesman. I’m not complaining about that though, we didn’t do enough to win the game.”

Forfar will next host local rivals Brechin City in a derby that at one stage on Saturday, looked like being a top of the table clash.

And the manager is refusing to big up the fixture, saying it’s just another game to him.

He added: “It’s a game, it’s another game. You get the same amount of points for beating Brechin or Stirling Albion or Dunfermline, it’s only three points. There are no big games for me. It’s a huge game because it’s the next one. I’m just angry that it’s two points dropped.”