Magic Maroons delight gaffer

Allan Moore
Allan Moore

Lichties manager Allan Moore last night told his troops ‘same again please’ as they prepare for a crunch cup derby against Montrose.

The magic Maroons are top of the SPFL League Two table with only one league loss so far this season.

The cups have been the only blip so far during this campaign after early disappointments against Alloa and Hamilton but the boss has his players fired up for the big one tomorrow in the Scottish Cup.

Moore’s men have already beaten their Angus rivals this season, comfortably winning 3-1 at Gayfield in August through goals by Bobby Linn, Kevin Buchan and Simon Murray.

And now the manager wants more of the same. He said: “The boys have trained well and we are all looking forward to Saturday.

“We were disappointed to go out of the cups early on this season but I feel those games came a bit too quick for us.

“We are a different team now. We have had time to work with the players and get across the way we want them to play.

“They have responded brilliantly to that and all credit must go to them. They have taken those cup defeats and used them as motivation since then.

“The players have a great attitude and any praise they get is well-deserved.

“We know we can’t get too carried away and know the boys like I do that won’t be a [problem at all.

“They are all focused and we have our goals this season we want to achieve.”“

Arbroath turned in one of their best performances of the season in the league clash with Montrose, dominating from start to finish, and fans had a glimpse of what was to come from the new-loook Lichties.

Moore added: “We played really well that day and should have scored more goals.

“If we can play anywhere near that level on Saturday I will be happy because we have a goal threat, we have tightened up defensively and have competition for places throughout the team.”

Jack Smith remains sidelined with the elbow injury he suffered at training two weeks ago but is progressing well, while on-loan star Dylan Carreiro is away with the Canadian squad.

l The club would like to point out that normal segregation rules will apply to tomorrow’s cup derby against Montrose at Gayfield. The away fans will occupy Seaforth End and the home supporters will be housed in the Harbour End