Swankie disappointed at two points dropped

Forfar Athletic captain Gavin Swankie said Ryan Scully’s masterful performance told the story of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Dunfermline Athletic.

The Pars goalkeeper was the man of the match at East End Park, making several stunning stops as the Fife side continued their record of home clean sheets.

Pic credit Christopher Coutts

Pic credit Christopher Coutts

Swankie himself went the closest to ending that run on two occasions when he rounded Scully but his efforts were agonisingly close, the latter bouncing back off the bar, and the skipper said his side were “magnificent” in front of a terrific travelling support.

He said: “Their goalie was man of the match and I think that says it all. He’s made maybe six, seven excellent saves. He definitely got the team their point.

“I thought we created the better chances. Dunfermline had a lot more of the ball but I don’t think they created much.

“They didn’t create anything, they kept the ball in the middle of the park but it wasn’t really harming us, we were quite comfy. On the counter we created enough chances to win the game comfortably. The longer the game went on, especially second half, I thought the boys were magnificent. We kept getting in behind them.”

Forfar were nearly robbed of the point when Dunfermline were awarded an 85th minute penalty for a handball by Stuart Malcolm, but with the ball played at the defender - whose hands were at his chest - from just three yards away, the Loons were rightfully furious with the call.

Swankie said justice was done after that decision when Rab Douglas made a fantastic stop.

He continued: “I don’t think it’s a penalty. We had a chance of a penalty up the other end too.

“We’ve all congratulated Rab in the dressing room, it’s a great save to keep us in the game because they’d probably go on and win from there if they scored. Justice was definitely done with the penalty decision. Stuart’s got his hands at his chest, they’re not out, it’s not a penalty.

“It just didn’t go for us, we created enough chances - we should have took a couple and the game would have been safe.”

Manager Dick Campbell is refusing to let his players get carried away with their continued run atop the division, and while the skipper prescribes to that view as well he said that Saturday’s point could prove hugely decisive come the end of the season.

He added: “We came here and as long as we didn’t get beat that was the main thing. We’ve created enough chances to score three or four goals, it wasn’t to be but we’re still top of the league and that’s the main thing. Away from home to Dunfermline, you get a point and that could do the world of good come the end of the season.”