League Two Player of the Year Bobby Linn said he was absolutely humbled after he collected the PFA Scotland award last week.
Linn book-ended the award victory with a superb display in the 5-0 win over Berwick Rangers and a starring role in the 2-2 fight-back draw with Queen’s Park in Wednesday’s play-off semi-final first leg.
Linn was almost speechless when talking about his award but thanked everybody who voted for him.
He said: “I’m absolutely humbled to win Player of the Year. I didn’t expect to win it.
“I’ve been in for it a couple of times and not won it so it was incredible to win it.
“I’d just like to thank everyone that took part in the voting, it’s great to win.
“That’s the people you play against every week and that’s what they think of you?
“There’s no better award to receive and I’m truly humbled.”
Bobby helped Arbroath fight back to 2-2 against Queen’s Park this week.
the Lichties were two goals and a man down against the Spiders.
Bryan Wharton had opened the scoring with a neat header from a Sean Burns corner after 18 minutes.
Shaun Fraser made it two while Kieran McWalter received a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on Burns.
But Linn and Simon Murray led the hosts to a stunning fight-back, levelling the fixture at 2-2 with a pair of superb finishes from Murray.
Bobby was disappointed with the first half display but said over the piece, the Lichties players were bitterly disappointed not to have taken the victory.
He said: “The first half wasn’t like us in the last few weeks. We were slow and there was no real purpose about our play.
“Then McWalter got sent off. I didn’t think it was a foul but speaking to a few people, they said it was a bad one. Kieran’s a young lad though and he’ll learn from that.
“We went in at half-time 2-1 down thinking we can’t be any worse than we’ve been. We got it together and in the second half we absolutely went for it.
“In the end we’re gutted we didn’t win, especially with 10 men.”
That steely resolve to bounce back from a position of such desolation was something Linn found very impressive, and showed a significant improvement to the team’s attitude compared to that of previous games.
The forward continued: “The resilience was massive. We said that a few weeks ago we’d have gone and crumbled.
“But we showed a real fight to get back. There’s been a real fight about us in the last few games.”
One of the most pleasing aspects of the hosts’ performance was the continuing partnership between Linn and Murray and Bobby said he’s loving playing with the striker, adding that he was in awe of his two finishes last night.
Bobby said: “Simon and I have had a good connection throughout the season, more so of late. The connection has been great for scoring goals.
“The one thing is when I get the ball, I always know where to put it for him. That’s what we’ve got together and it seems to be working.
“I’m delighted for him to get the goals he did, they weren’t easy finishes at all and he took them very well.”
While momentum is no doubt with Arbroath after their performance, Linn knows how hard Saturday’s second leg will be.
He added: “We’re under no illusions though, we know how difficult it’s going to be.”