Dick Campbell “would have been apoplectic and I would have been resuscitating him” claims brother Ian as Arbroath are given a 5-star performance by Alloa

Dick Campbell is currently serving an SFA touchline ban, imposed after the Red Lichties manager encroached on to the field to summon the referee during a recent Scottish Cup tie between his side and Ayr United. Brother Ian is glad he was the one talking to the players after the match in midweek, with the experienced side-kick calmly explaining how his notoriously honest sibling may have had a heart attack if he had witnessed the goals they had conceded in Clackmannanshire.

Talking to the congregated media following Tuesday’s defeat away to Alloa, assistant manager Ian Campbell commented:

“We are disappointed…fair play to Alloa, but, we are very, very, guilty tonight of making mistakes, and we don’t [normally] make mistakes, in fairness to us. Our start to the game was woeful, which is something we will look at, but, I think we controlled the game in the second-half and should have scored again: by that time, we were up against it as Alloa are a decent team.

We are immensely disappointed; it isn’t like us at all. We were three goals down within 15 minutes and, I think, if you look at the nature of the goals, amateur teams wouldn’t lose goals like that. As much as Alloa were good, we gave them their birthday presents and their Christmas presents all at once. It isn’t like our players, we are better than that. We now need to pick ourselves back up, which we will do. Our defence has been strong, particularly away from home – our record is great – but, tonight, we let ourselves down through mistakes, such as communication and our team-work wasn’t there also.”

With manager Dick Campbell serving a touchline suspension, he was unable to speak to his players in the dressing room at the Indrodrill Stadium.

“I am glad Dick wasn’t allowed in the dressing room,” quips brother Ian. “He would have been apoplectic and I would have been resuscitating him at the goals we lost, I can tell you that! It was horrendous goals that we lost, but our players know that. Our players have been fantastic all season and I am sure we will pick ourselves up from this: it’ll be a long time before you see us conceding goals like that [again].

Having said all that, we have a good pool of players. Some of the boys will be looking to get a game now – well, at least they are going to be pushing for a place. Our next game is on Saturday against Forfar and that is all we are interested in; it’ll be a hard game, as they are doing well. We are certainly a bit deflated [after] tonight because it was always going to be tough tonight; it is a hard place to come, against a good, solid, team who will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season, there is no doubt about that: although, I think we will, as well.”

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