Arbroath boss Lumsdens wants to take Hearts display into Elgin clash

Photo - Graham H Black
Photo - Graham H Black

Arbroath boss Todd Lumsden hopes his side take their good showing against Hearts last week into tomorrow’s League Two opener against Elgin City.

The Lichties took a 1-0 lead into half-time but suffered a triple hammer blow right after the break, going 3-1 down.

Martin Grehan pulled one back late on only for an own goal to stick it beyond the visitors.

But Arbroath looked very impressive throughout the game - the three goals in five minutes aside - and the Gayfield gaffer was very pleased.

He said: “I thought we were good against Hearts, good in the respect of being organised, showing a lot of work rate and going about our game plan of restricting their play. We limited their opportunities and were able to get forward.

“I thought the players did well. Going in a goal up at half time was great. We said at half-time that they’d come out all blazing so we had to stay in the game, so to lose three goals in quick succession was disappointing.

But the main thing from that is that we didn’t collapse, we stuck in and hung on then we nicked a goal back.

“They had chances but I still think we had the best chance of the game at 1-0 with big Lewis. If that goes in it’s 2-0 on 50 minutes.

“They were very complimentary about us so that was good to see. After the Dunfermline disappointment and the Rangers disappointment, for all we did get beat we put up a much better showing in how we went about our game.

“Elgin will be a different game. We need to take the workrate and creativity we showed into that game.

“We scored two really good goals against a Premiership team by moving the ball around well and we want to see more of that.”

Arbroath will be holding a children’s open day before the Elgin game at Gayfield Park from 12.15 to 1.30.

The kids will be able to play with the Lichties players on the park.

KFC, event sponsors, will provide food for the children afterwards.