Arbroath manager Todd Lumsden says glass is still half full after disappointing defeat to Clyde

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Two points from a possible 15 is a dismal return, but Arbroath boss Todd Lumsden remains optimistic about the side’s fortunes.

The Lichties have lost their rub of the green completely, and again struggled to convert their chances as they went down 1-0 to Clyde on Saturday, writes Scott Binnie.

Two dubious red cards made it 10 men each before half-time and a freak own goal from Craig Watson condemned Arbroath to another defeat.

And while it’s another opportunity to move up the League Two table gone, Todd is keeping positive.

He said: “We’re frustrated again. I thought we played some great stuff up until Ricky got sent off, and it’s dubious for me it’s a red card because he’s fouled just before that.

“Even having 10 men against 11 until they got the guy sent off, I felt we played some very good stuff moving the ball well and getting in behind them. We needed to work the keeper a bit better.

“But the goal, an own goal like that, it’s a sore one to take. It’s not exactly a worldy of a goal, it’s a ball into the box that bounces off a defender and loops back over the goalie. There’s no luck.

“You tell defenders don’t let the ball bounce, so if Ricky heads it before the bounce then Gormley doesn’t get to the ball. I don’t think there’s much to their sending off either, I thought he played the ball through.”

Lumsden said the players need to keep focusing on the positives and believing in their abilities to turn this run around.

He said: “We just need to keep working. It’s another game gone but we’ve not lost ground, so let’s look at the positives over the negatives.

“We haven’t gained ground but we’re not any further afield because of the results. I’m a glass half full kind of guy.

“The boys are gutted but we have to keep believing and keep going.”