Dunlop delighted to help side to clean sheet against Peterhead

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Forfar Athletic defender Mikey Dunlop was delighted to help the hosts to a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Peterhead on Saturday.

Dunlop was a star performer for the Loons and his marking restricted danger man Rory McAllister to minimal involvement, and the full back said he knew what to expect from the big striker thanks to his time on loan at Berwick Rangers last season.

And Mikey said it was essential that Forfar built on their good wins over Dunfermline and Morton over a part-time team like Peterhead if they are to build any momentum.

He told the Dispatch: “It’s a great three points and it’s another good win at home with a clean sheet. The boys did well, we all stuck together to get through the 90 minutes.

“To be involved with some of the football, obviously it can be a bit tiring getting up and down the park all day, but there are some great players in that team, creating great chances.

“I’ve played against Rory before, I was on loan to Berwick last year and I played him then so I’ve got a bit of an understanding of the way he plays and the great player he is. It’s special getting a clean sheet against players like that, if you’re up against good opposition like that it’s even better coming away with a clean sheet.

“Two full time teams in the league in Dunfermline and Morton and we’ve done well against them, getting three points from both. But we’ve got to do well against the part time teams as well, even a team like Peterhead who are up after winning promotion.”

Forfar were sublime in the first 45 minutes and were forcing Graeme Smith into superb saves from inside the first minute, but it wasn’t until the stroke of half time that the Loons were able to finally break the deadlock thanks to Danny Denholm’s goal.

Dunlop admitted it was frustrating to see so many chances go to waste but said the side has plenty of players capable of scoring goals, and that frenzied start buoyed the team to victory.

He added: “As soon as you’re up on top of the game like that you’ve got high hopes and that kind of gets you going with a bit of buzz, it keeps you going.

“Obviously it’s better to get the goal just before half time but it was frustrating at the same time that we were getting the chances and getting great spaces, it was just a lack of finishing at the end.

“We’ve got boys like Swankie, Hilson, Denholm, Husband - they’re all so good at scoring goals.”

New signing Jim Paterson came off the bench for his league debut and Mikey is thrilled to see the experienced full back join up at Station Park because the 34-year-old was such a good teacher the last time their paths crossed.

Mikey said: “It’s always good to get another experienced player in like Jim, you’re learning a lot from them. When I signed with Aberdeen as a youngster he was in the first team and he was great with the young players, and it’s been the exact same here. It’s a great credit to have another player like that in our team.”