Danny Denholm admits he enjoys an Angus Derby, and today is no different, as the winger gets set to line-up against his former club Forfar Athletic. The Arbroath attacker admits, though, that the Gayfield club are not treating this match any differently and have prepared thoroughly for the visit of Jim Weir’s men.
Denholm, who has played in numerous Angus Derbies throughout his time with the Red Lichties, as well as during his two spells at Forfar, will be well versed in what to expect ahead of this afternoon’s clash with the Loons.
“I have played in a lot of them, but, I always really enjoy the occasion. I have had a mixed return in terms of results: while I was at Forfar, we had some bad results in derby matches but at Arbroath last term, we won all 4 encounters, so, it is fair to say I really enjoy them.
The last time I played at Gayfield in a derby, I injured my leg; there are always going to be robust tackles in matches like this and I expect it to be no different today. Even though there are a lot of derbies this campaign, I don’t think it’ll lose its emotion – teams will raise their games and that increases the level when they come up against us and that can make these games a bit of a leveller. If we were a team who weren’t going for the league title, they may not raise their standards so high, but, it is something we look forward to it as players and I am sure the fans will be too. I see it as a good thing and I don’t see it hindering our progress in the long-term.”
‘Business as usual’ for Dick Campbell’s men ahead of the clash with Denholm’s previous employers.
“We’ve prepared as we would for any match. We have done nothing different. We will go about our business as normal: there may be a wee bit of a ramped up team-talk come Saturday, but, if everything is taken in isolation and you give it the same, consistent, approach then it can only benefit ourselves. I firmly believe we are building something here and if we had gone up last year, it quite possibly would’ve been a year too early. However, we feel we are ready now – we feel we are able to compete at Championship level now and we do want to achieve that aim; we know it is going to be tough when you have sides like Raith and Dumbarton, even Airdrieonians, in your division, but, we think we have a great opportunity this season to do something special.”