Todd Lumsden hails Lichties players for moving in “right direction”

Photo - Graham H Black.
Photo - Graham H Black.

Todd Lumsden was delighted with the resilience of his side after Arbroath overturned a 2-0 deficit to pick up their first point of the league season.

Berwick Rangers raced into a two-goal lead inside 15 minutes but excellent goals from loanees Andy Ryan and Darren Ramsay secured the 2-2 draw.

Lumsden was thrilled to see his players show the belief and desire to get something out of the game following the previous week’s excellent, but fruitless, display against Queen’s Park.

The manager said: “It was very much a good fightback. Our start to the game was pretty poor, losing a goal early on and then going two down. It was undoubtedly a test of character.

“Getting one back right after their second was great and we did well after that, we had quite a few chances.

“Martin had one chalked off for offside which was dubious to say the least. Getting the goal so late in the day just shows that they kept going and going.

“The performances in the last two weeks, the players have kept at it and shown belief in themselves that they can get back into it.

“This is the progress we’ve been after. If you look back at the game against Montrose where there was a lack of fight and desire, you can safely say that wasn’t the case in the last two games.

“Ideally we’d have got three points but we had to go and make sure we didn’t get beat first and foremost, and we achieved that.

“We’re definitely moving in the right direction now.”

The gaffer was particularly pleased with the quality of his team’s goals, and hopes the forwards can keep delivering.

He continued: “Ramsay’s goal was a good one, Martin did well to lay it off to him and Darren got into a very good area of the park and he’s struck it well.

“Andy Ryan’s goal was good as well and Darren played a great pass into him. If we can keep scoring goals and cut out the mistakes then we’ll be okay.”

Todd added a defender to his pool as Craig Watson joined on loan from Hamilton Accies and the manager welcomed the youngster to Gayfield Park.

Lumsden said: “Craig Watson has come in, he can play right back or right centre half. We’ll have a good look at him in training this week.”