Defender happy to make first ever senior appearance

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Forfar Athletic’s latest recruit Michael Rose felt the Loons should have taken something from their 3-2 loss to Airdrieonians on Saturday.

The 20-year-old defender joined on Thursday on a month-long loan from Aberdeen, being put straight into the starting line-up, and played all 90 minutes.

Despite going 3-0 down, the centre back put in a decent showing in what was his first ever senior game.

Speaking after the game, Rose said: “Obviously, we got off to a bad start losing those three goals but I felt after that we controlled the game and scored two good goals. We could have maybe nicked something.”

The Loons went into the break losing 3-1 and Rose says the dressing room was full of belief that they could complete a comeback in the 45 minutes that followed.

He continued: “At half time, we were disappointed because we played some good football but we knew we could go back out and push to get back in the game, so it felt more positive than negative.”

The Bridge of Don-born defender has been on Aberdeen’s bench a handful of times, including in the Europa League, but has yet to make an appearance, so Rose was delighted to be making his first senior appearance on Saturday.

“It’s my first game, so it’s just a case of getting used to it and hopefully I can kick on now,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting experience and playing at a tough level.”

The loan deal for Rose is due to finish after the Loons face Peterhead on December 5, meaning he will be able to play against Stenhousemuir and Stranraer also, with the possibility of facing Queen’s Park in the Scottish Cup if his parent club were to allow him.