Gaffer Dick Campbell said claims he is fielding a side of aging veterans are unfair following the goalless draw at Dunfermline, writes Scott Binnie.
Recent press comments have suggested that Forfar’s experienced defensive unit are too old, but after 42-year-old Rab Douglas didn’t have to make a save until the 85th minute - from a penalty - those suggestions are looking unjust.
And Dick was eager to point out the youngsters in his team that have been integral to the Loons’ push to the top of League One.
He said: “We’ve been criticised because I’ve got a team of veterans and I think that’s unfair. James Dale is 19 years old, Dale Hilson is 19 years old, Michael Dunlop is 20. I don’t like all that. My team played well and deserved to win the game.
“I thought it was a good game for the spectator. We deserved to win the game, let’s be perfectly honest about it. My goalie’s not had a save to make in the whole game, bar the penalty kick. Whether it’s a penalty kick or not is up to others to decide. I thought we played well.
“There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind who deserved to win.”
Campbell was thrilled with his side’s performance, and said Forfar will continue to prove how good an outfit they are.
He also praised Pars stopper Ryan Scully after the keeper denied the Loons a deserved win, but made it clear who he thinks is the best goalie in the league.
Dick continued: “This was always going to be a very tight game between two good sides. Dunfermline have not lost a game at home this year and that’s not surprising, Dunfermline are a good side. But so are Forfar, don’t ever forget that, and over the season we’ll prove we’re a good side. We’ll do our talking on the pitch, not off it.
“Scully was magnificent, absolutely fantastic. He’s a good goalie, he’s second to Rab Douglas. Rab is the best goalie in the league.”