Forfar Athletic manager Jim Weir gave the media some strong words following Saturday’s defeat away to Stranraer.
After going down 3-0 at Stair Park, the bottom of the league sides’ manager said:
“I am really disappointed. I am not trying to make excuses, but, when you have 10 players missing, it is going to affect you. We’ve got enough quality on that park, that we should be doing a lot better. We were in the game at half-time – it was maybe a soft penalty – but, we got into a couple of good areas where I thought we should have done better. We lost Mark Millar at half-time due to a wee bit of concussion; that is another out! It is the manner in which we lose the two goals that is disappointing: we are a quiet team and we need to start talking on the park. I can say all I want, but, we are bottom of the league for a reason…there is not enough responsibility being taken on in there [the dressing room], but, I will take it on my shoulders. I am just in the job – it is harder than I thought [it was going to be], but I love a challenge. I need the group of players I have got to do better. At this minute in time we are punch-less and heart-less up front.
They battle for a spell,” continues former Elgin boss Weir. “They have shown in games they can battle and they can battle back; against Albion Rovers, against Raith Rovers. At this moment in time, we have three 16-year-olds on the bench. I would rather play the Under-20’s than one or two I have got just now because they are offering us nothing. They really need to have a hard look at themselves; that isn’t everybody, but, at the end of the day, we are a team – and that includes myself – and we need to get it right.”
Youngster Ben Starkey made his senior debut for the Loons in Saturday’s defeat.
“He is a lovely kid, he works his socks off. It is hard for him as it isn’t the circumstances you’d want to bring him into, but, he is the future of the football club…there is certainly a group in there who aren’t the future of the football club. It is just going to take time: at this minute, we just need to go with what we have got and that is what I have told them in there [the changing room]. Some of them are getting a game because we have nobody else – when the time comes that we get the right players in, those players can go do their business elsewhere. I am disappointed for the supporters as this wasn’t a 3-0 game, but, ultimately, we lost 3-0.”