Gaffer describes first half display as “best I’ve seen”

Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell.
Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell.

Manager Dick Campbell described his side’s first half performance in the 1-0 win over Peterhead as the best he’s seen during his tenure at Station Park.

Gavin Swankie, Dale Hilson, goalscorer Danny Denholm and Stephen Husband were among those to draw “world class” saves from Blue Toon goalie Graeme Smith in the opening 45 minutes.

But despite the relentless pressure it took a sublime strike from Denholm on the stroke of half time to give Forfar the victory, and Campbell said nobody could deny his side the three points.

He said: “The first half performance was as good as I have seen us play in the seven or eight years I have been here. There aren’t enough adjectives for how good we were. Some of the stuff we played was excellent. Their goalie has had six world class saves, six. What a save he’s had from Hilson’s volley.

“The goal, it’s just a world class goal isn’t it? A fantabulous finish. But the game’s never won at 1-0.

“I saw Peterhead against Brechin a couple of weeks ago and I thought they were very impressive. That’s a big result for us on the back of what we’ve been doing. As poor as we were in the second half I thought we had the four best chances.

“We’re not getting carried away, but we deserved to win the game. I don’t think anybody could deny us that.”

The victory puts Forfar on equal points with Dunfermline and Ayr United at the top of Scottish League One and Campbell believes that is no more than the Loons deserve after home wins over Dunfermline and Morton and a draw away to Stranraer.

And the boss was keen to stress the quality in his ranks that wasn’t on the park, with a number of probable starters unavailable through injury.

He continued: “We’re joint top of the league for no other reason than we deserve it.mIt’s a nice feeling after five games to be joint top of the league.

“You’ve got Fotheringham not playing, Templeman, Aaron James, Steeves. We had a strong bench, Jim Paterson came on, Malin’s there, and we’ve got three young boys there and I brought one of them on.

“Husband’s took a knock, it was a hammy injury and we weren’t sure whether to put him on for the second half or not. We took him off as an extra precaution.”