Early signs are grand for Todd Lumsden’s Lichties

The players celebrate Jamie Reid's opener. Photo - Graham H Black.
The players celebrate Jamie Reid's opener. Photo - Graham H Black.

Todd Lumsden hailed a great Arbroath performance as his side beat a young Dundee United team 2-0 in the Forfarshire Cup on Tuesday.

But the manager said he isn’t getting carried away based on just one game.

Substitutions were limited to three apiece and Todd admitted that wasn’t ideal as he’d hoped to see more players feature, but he admitted he was pleased to get 90 minutes out of so many players at such an early stage of pre-season.

He said: “It was a good workout. For it being the first pre-season game and only being allowed to make three subs, it was probably more of a test than we’d thought.

“It was a good runout and good to get them 90 minutes, even if it was enforced because we probably would have made more changes if we could have.

“It was a great performance and a great way we approached the game. But let’s not get carried away, we’ve got games all week and it could be very different. But we looked pretty comfortable.”

It was a dream debut for teenager Kane Hester who came off the bench with just four minutes to go, scoring with his first touch after 60 seconds for Arbroath’s second.

Todd said that’s just why he brought the striker to Gayfield after a terrific season with Arbroath Vics - to score goals.

The boss continued: “Kane must’ve dreamed that. I thought we’d stick him on when the game was quite tight but that’s why we’ve taken a chance on him, because he can score goals.

“He’s done well in training. You can take chances on strikers because you can throw them on with five minutes to go but centre halves you really need to know they can play the full game.

“Kane isn’t much of a risk with the goals he’s scored and the way he’s performed for us in training.”

The hosts were deservedly ahead after 38 minutes when former Dundee forward Jamie Reid scored a delicious volley from 25 yards out - the new signing collecting an Andy Munro header in a textbook training ground move.

United were reduced to long range potshots and over-hit passes over the top to Murray, whose pace only really bothered Munro and Graham Hay in the first 15 minutes.

Arbroath always looked more likely to score a second and Hester was the man to do it shortly after replacing Bobby Linn.