Forfar topple Ton: Loons smash leaders in must-win game

Pic credit: Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit: Christopher Coutts.
  • Defender says Morton game was “must-win”
  • 35-year-old hopes away form will improve after victory
  • Malcolm: result a waste if we don’t beat Peterhead

Stuart Malcolm believes his side had to beat Greenock Morton on Saturday if they were to keep themselves in the League One title hunt.

So the 35-year-old defender was delighted to see Forfar Athletic run out 2-0 winners over the Ton at a rain-soaked Cappielow.

We’ve got to get our away form better because we’ve got a lot of games away from home.

Stuart Malcolm

Goals from James Dale and Gavin Malin in each half secured the Loons the points as Dick Campbell’s outfit picked up a crucial victory following a poor performance against Ayr United.

Malcolm admitted the game with the League One leaders was a must-win encounter but said it will be all for nothing if they can’t do the business in their next outing.

He said: “I think we had to win if we were wanting to keep ourselves up with the leaders, after a disappointing result down at Ayr we really had to come down here and get a result.

“I think we had to win, if we’d have lost we’d have probably been battling for a play-off place. So to keep us in contention with getting automatic promotion, we had to get this win.

“It’s a long way to go though, there’s a quarter of the season to go. It’s a big ask but we’ll try our very, very best.

“It propels us into the next game. It gives us a bit of confidence away from home that we’ve maybe lacked previously. It’ll be a tough game against Peterhead. They’re not a bad side.

“We’ve had a couple of great results against them this season so far but we’ve still got to go up there twice and it’s always a difficult place to go.”

The big centre half praised the quality of the visitors’ performance, with a tactical ploy working superbly as the Loons players turned in their best away display of the season.

And Stuart hopes the side have finally turned their away form around for the better.

He continued: “Young and Campbell in front of us were magnificent, they were brilliant. Then obviously with the quality we’ve got with the likes of Swankie.

“I mean look at the bench who’s come on, Omar, Danny and Foxy. Dale Hilson’s not even got on. All around the boys are just delighted.

“We have to defend from the front and we did that.

“We’ve got nine games left, our away form’s not been great this year but we’ve won at an important time.

“If we play like that we’ll take more points than we lose.

“That’s the aim, we’ve got to get our away form better because we’ve got a lot of games away from home. We can only take each game as it comes.”

Forfar’s win pulls them into third in the table, three points behind Morton with a game in hand - against Peterhead last night (Tuesday).

A win in that game would have sent the Loons joint top with the Ton, second only on goal difference.

Malcolm thinks there’s nothing more than a coin toss between the top four, with Stranraer and Brechin City also keeping up a fierce challenge for the title.

He added: “There’s a toss of a coin between the four of us.

“The top four are all in the mix, we’ll influence how we do and how other teams do because we’re not a bad side at home.”