Positive signs for new boss

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Gary Bollan reckons there were encouraging signs after Saturday’s 4-2 loss at home to Dunfermline.

Bollan took charge of the Loons for the first time and despite goals from Iain Campbell and Michael Travis, Forfar were unable to capitalise on the new manager momentum.

Speaking after the game, the former Airdrie manager said positives can be taken from the defeat.

“It was difficult, we knew it was going to be but there were some encouraging signs there today, we’ve scored two goals against the team that’s at the top of the league but the negative side is that we conceded four.”

He continued: “When we got the ball down, we showed we’re a decent side.

“I think we were a bit naive in the goals we lost and we need to get that out of our system to start winning games and getting our confidence back.”

Bollan believes the players are doing all the right things bar getting three points that has evaded them since September.

He reckons they will have the sleeves rolled up ready to take on Brechin this weekend in the Angus derby at Glebe Park, the location the last time Forfar won.

“I think you can see that they’re needing some confidence, the only way they’re going to get that is by training hard; which they all do, and getting three points on a Saturday. I think once they get those three points they will build on that from there.

“Any derby’s huge, going to Brechin will be difficult and it might not be a pretty game but whatever way we approach the game, the sleeves will be up and we’ll be ready.”

Left back Iain Campbell echoed his new manager’s thoughts about the defeat, saying it was tough to deal with Dunfermline in terrible conditions but also believes it was good to get two goals against them.

Campbell said: “It was certainly tough, the conditions were difficult, Dunfermline are obviously a top side and strong favourites for the league but they were very sharp and caught us on the counter attack a lot.

“Scoring two goals at home is good but it’s disappointing to lose four goals.

“They’re pretty clinical with their finishing but we will try and take the positives from this and go forward.”

Campbell continued: “I was happy with the penalty and the assist as well, I thought I put a couple of good balls in.

“I hit the post as well; I feel more confident with set pieces.

“There’s positives from that but obviously disappointing as a defender to concede goals.”

The Loons now face a derby against Brechin City on Saturday and Campbell is looking for three points in a bottom of the table clash.

“It’s a massive game next week, Darren Dods will have them up for it, it’s a local derby but we’ll definitely be up for it as well,” he said.

“The gaffer will get us going and we’re desperate for three points so it’ll be a blood and snotters game no doubt but I’m really looking forward to it!”