Russell Dingwall and Ross MacIver are two youngsters who moved on loan to Forfar Athletic late last week. The pair made their debuts against East Fife in Methil last weekend, with the Loons gaffer Jim Weir impressed with the commitment the duo had shown early on in their tenure at Station Park.
Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win over the Fifers, Weir started off by discussing the match.
“When Kevin [McNaughton] was short with his header, it looked as though they were through, but Andy Munro makes a brilliant tackle. I think it then came off the post, as well. We were fortunate at that point: I felt we should’ve been 1-0 up at half-time, albeit we never put enough crosses into the box. If you saw how they [East Fife] played in the second-half, it was very difficult to defend in those conditions.
I haven’t really seen our penalty, I haven’t seen it, so, I think it is questionable whether it is [or not], I can’t tell. I think, though, when a centre-back or a full-back goes up in the air to clear the ball and he catches the guys head…where else is his leg meant to go? I will need to have another look at it. I am disappointed with that as I felt we were getting a bit lazy at that stage. We had taken the ball into the corner, at a crucial time in the game. We had a wee chat at half-time and told them it was important not to give away sill fouls and free-kicks as East Fife have a lot of good players, that have great delivery. We stood up to it well and Marc McCallum made two great saves: you can say that changed the game but we had two unbelievable chances ourselves – Josh [Peters] has went through on the goalkeeper, he takes two brilliant touches, but his third one he tries to hit it too hard. Between him and Dylan [Easton], it was like ‘pass the parcel’ as nobody wanted to take the opportunity. Then we got the goal through Matty [Aitken].
Weir was also grateful for the effort put in by the two new loan players, who had joined the Angus club from Owen Coyle’s side last week.
“I am delighted with their commitment, to travel down from Dingwall. They left really early, at 3 o’clock this morning and that tells me the attitude of they [two] players. Sometimes, you go and try get a player on loan and they aren’t willing to travel half-an-hour along the road, but, this was a three hour journey and they probably won’t get home til 10pm tonight.
I don’t like to single players out, but, I felt Russell [Dingwall] gave us lots of energy in the middle of the park; he maybe deserved a wee break with his chance when he went through on the goalkeeper, too.”
The former Elgin boss’ side now leapfrog Queen’s Park and close the gap on Albion Rovers above them, too.
“Really pleased to be off the bottom – and really pleased to be closer to the pack above. There is a long way to go, and we are running out of games, but, what we will do is give ourselves a fighting chance.”