Sights set on Blues

  • Yano says Stranraer are Loons’ new target
  • Defender has just two games left to play of loan spell
  • Four wins should be enough to secure title
  • One game at a time is the key

Iain Campbell put in a stunning performance to help Forfar Athletic to a 3-1 comeback victory that puts them second in League One.

And the defender says the side’s sights are now on leaders Stranraer after the hard-fought defeat of Stenhousemuir saw the Loons leapfrog Greenock Morton, who lost 2-0 at home to Brechin City.

Martyn Fotheringham grabbed two and Gavin Swankie struck the third as Forfar had to come from behind to secure their fourth successive victory, with Colin McMenamin putting the Warriors in front just after half time.

Anthony Marenghi was given a red card for a second bookable offence shortly thereafter and that gave the visitors the impetus to take the game to their opponents, with Campbell one of a several star performers at Ochilview Park.

Yano said: “It’s a magnificent result, especially going 1-0 down but we showed great character to come back. It was tough to come here and get three points, they’re fighting for their lives, so it’s a great win for us.

“It was a very tough game, the first half was very tight. I thought they scored against the run of play but after that, and them going down to 10 men certainly helped us, but I thought we were dominant. It was only a matter of time before we scored and we ended up getting three, we could have got a few more in the end.

It’s just great to leapfrog Morton, and we’ve now got Stranraer in our sights.

Iain Campbell

“Morton are definitely not out of the title race yet. They’re a very good side and they’ll react.

“They’ve been up and down a bit. But it’s just great to leapfrog them and we’ve now got Stranraer in our sights.

“We’ve just got to keep winning games. Stranraer are doing great, they keep winning games 1-0. We’re waiting for them to slip up but we’re just doing our job, that’s four wins on the trot.

“It’s such a tight league, it’s very exciting so it’s great for the fans and for the neutrals.”

The 3-1 win makes it 12 points from a possible 12 against Stenny this season but Saturday’s encounter was by far the most troublesome for the Loons, with new manager Brown Ferguson looking to lead his Warriors away from the relegation play-off after a series of much improved performances.

Iain said: “They’ve been playing well, Bomber’s just got the job so we knew they’d be up for it. Away from home again, we’ve had some great results away from home recently and we need to keep that up.

“We just didn’t get started second half, we couldn’t get going. Rab’s made a great save and it’s just fallen to the boy. But for the last half an hour or so we were our usual selves and should have won by more in the end.”

The Cowdenbeath loanee was chuffed to see long-time teammate Martyn Fotheringham amongst the goals again.

He also said that while winning all four of the remaining games should be enough to take the title to Station Park, the players can only look at the game immediately ahead of them; a tough home game with high-flying Airdrieonians.

Campbell added: “They were great goals. It was brilliant to see Foxy back amongst the goals with a couple and then Swanks at the end, it was very much deserved - he put in a great shift again. He could have scored a few great goals.

“It’s difficult to say, Morton play Stranraer the second to last game of the season and hopefully there’s points dropped by both before then. If we win our last four games you’d like to think it’ll be enough to win the league, but again we’ve got Airdrieonians next week and it’s one of four very tough games coming up.

“It’s cliche but we need to take each game one at a time. Airdrie will be a very hard game, Gary Bollan’s got them playing very well. They’re tough to play against, high energy, but we’re playing well and we’re in good confidence so we’re really looking forward to it.”