Campbell praises Forfar Athletic goals but says defending could’ve been better

Photo - Chris Coutts.

Photo - Chris Coutts.

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Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell felt a draw was a fair result as the Loons surrendered a two goal lead to Ayr United on Saturday.

First half goals from Iain Campbell and Danny Denholm were cancelled out by the Honest Men who had Nicky Devlin sent off.

Campbell praised the style of the Forfar goals while he felt the Ayr goals could have been defended better.

He said: “We started the game really well, looked comfortable and then to get two goals like we did, a goal in the first minute and a goal in the last minute. I thought we could have dealt with the two goals better, they were very soft; Robert will not be happy with them. I still felt a draw was a good enough result because they looked a good side. They went down to ten men and we started to do the daft things like passing the ball sixty or seventy yards and giving it back to them.”

Rab Douglas, Chris Templeman and Denholm all returned from injury for the game, a big positive for Dick.

He added: “Ayr are a formidable side but we more than matched them today, particularly in the first half I was very happy; we need to go and take a look at ourselves, lick our wounds if you like,” he said. ”I had to play young Kerr Hay for 90 minutes today, Danny Denholm’s not played for four weeks, Chris Templeman hasn’t trained for a couple of weeks. I thought two all was a fair result but felt we did enough to be encouraged by, I just get annoyed at the goals we lost.“

Campbell sympathised with Ayr defender Nicky Devlin after his sending off, claiming it was never a red card in the first place. He was also bemused as to why Iain Campbell was booked for timewasting.

He said: “I didn’t think it was a sending off; never in a hundred years was that a sending off. I thought the referee lost it, also booking Iain Campbell; I don’t know what he booked Iain for, and I thought he lost the game then. I’ve come down and remonstrated with the ref, he couldn’t take the throw in because the boy was standing in front of him, even Ian McCall has agreed it wasn’t his fault but the referee stopped the game, still booked him and thought he was wasting time.”