Gaffer hails his local derby heroes

Pic credit Christopher Coutts

Pic credit Christopher Coutts

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Manager Dick Campbell believes nobody could have argued his side didn’t deserve to win the Angus derby on Saturday, writes Scott Binnie.

Forfar Athletic ran out 3-1 winners against rivals Brechin City - a win that sent them storming to the top of League One.

And the boss was thrilled to see his team reach the league’s summit.

He said: “We’re top of the league and I’m very happy with that. The goals were great and we were worthy, worthy winners. You couldn’t say Brechin should have won the game. We’ve went about our job great and we’ve scored three goals.

“For the first 25 minutes we were just excellent. We’ve had six great chances to score but I’ve no complaints whatsoever. I expected Brechin to come back at us and they did, they got a goal right before half time which shows you their aspiration levels. People who have been in the game for a long time say they don’t give a hoot how you play in derby games but you do. We were resilient in the second half, we dug in and we could have had a couple more, seriously.

“Derek Young got a knock, Chris Templeman came back. I thought it was never a booking for Gavin Swankie, I couldn’t see that at all.”

Dick revealed the half time removal of Mark Baxter was due to his wife going into labour - before dedicating the victory to new arrival Harris.

He said: “It was an enforced change at half time, Mark Baxter’s wife is in labour so we’ve won that for them.”