Change isn’t a dirty word for campbell

Photo by Graham Black
Photo by Graham Black

“Naive and inexperienced” was Dick Campbell’s assessment after Arbroath lost to Queen’s Park thanks to an injury-time goal.

Paul Woods had given the Spiders a deserved lead in the first half with the Lichties not in the game at all, but Kane Hester came off the bench to level the fixture as the visitors improved their display massively.

But rather than seeing the game out comfortably, Arbroath were rushing the ball around instead of killing time, and Campbell believes that was an example of a bit of naivety in the squad with a point absolutely what Arbroath deserved in his view.

However he praised his playuers for their attitudes which he is very impressed with.

The boss said: “There was a naivety about them on Saturday and when you’re sitting second-bottom of the league, that doesn’t surprise me.

“I was very disappointed in how we lost the game. I got a hold of them at half-time and we managed to turn the game around.

“We were well worthy of a point but then we’re taking free kicks and rushing, we should have ran the game out but we didn’t. That’s a bit naive and a bit of inexperience.

“I cannot take anything away from the players for their attitudes though, their attitudes are excellent.”

Campbell added that he is well aware there are issues in the squad that need addressing - with their ninth-placed position in League Two not being an accident - and said it’s down to him to identify and resolve those problems.

He also said he’s happy to try something different with his team selection this Saturday away to Clyde.

He said: “There are problems there, they’re second bottom of the league for a reason and the problems don’t disappear because a new manager’s come in the door.

“It’s the manager’s job to find those problems and identify them.

“But I’ve no complaints about their attitude or application. I know the players are giving me and my staff everything they’ve got.

“It’s up to me to work it out, we tried something on Saturday and we’ll try something else this weekend.

“It gives me a chance to look at the playing staff and see who wants to come with us on the journey.”

It’s a trip to Cumbernauld to face high-flying Bully Wee this weekend and while Campbell knows what Barry Ferguson’s side have in their locker, the Gayfield gaffer is still excited about taking on the title-chasing side.

Dick added:“I was at Clyde on Tuesday night and they’ve got themselves into second.

“They’re a very experienced team but I’m certainly looking forward to going through and having a go.”