Narrow defeat no hardship says manager

FOR A manager who has narrowly missed out on some silverware, Ian Gilzean is a surprisingly happy man.

After losing 1-0 to Lochee United at North End Park in the final of the DJ Laing Cup on Saturday, you might expect some wailing and gnashing of teeth.

Not so with the Gowfers’ manager. He said: “It’s probably the best we’ve played for three, maybe four weeks and unfortunately we just couldn’t score the goals.

“If we play to that standard every week I don’t think we’ll have any worries. Of course everyone was really disappointed, but there are still things we can take away from this.

“The way we played, the way we passed the ball, the way we made those chances. All of these were good. We just need to work on the finishing.”

Not having a game this weekend because of Forfar West End going into abeyance is no bad thing according to Ian: “They had a tough game last week, so it’s good to give them a bit of a rest.

“The boys will still train on Saturday. They will probably want to try and get an eight or nine-a-side game going.

“There have been a few who have missed games through holidays and so on, so we’ll be able to use this for extra training to bring them up to speed.

“They would rather play a game, but we’ll use the time to strengthen them.

“With Forfar gone there’s still one team that can go down. We started the season well but there was a bit of a dip after we played St Andrews, but f we can maintain our standards then we’ll be looking to stay up.”