Innes hopes to bring experience to title race

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VETERAN defender Chris Innes knows a thing or two about title races and he will be hoping to bring that experience to the Lichties as they battle for top spot come the end of the season.

The 35-year-old, who netted his second goal since joining up at Gayfield last month, was captain of Gretna during their rise through the divisions from 2004 to 2007, which resulted in them winning the First Division championship five years ago.

And even though Arbroath are still four points behind league leaders Cowdenbeath, despite Saturday’s victory over Dumbarton, Innes believes all pressure is on the Fife side.

He explained: “From my time at Gretna I know that there is more pressure when you’re at the top rather than the chasing team.

“When you’re top you have all the teams coming at you wanting to win because you are a big scalp.

“But we have to continue to fight all the way and we have a lot of quality so we will push until the end of the season.

“We need to look after ourselves and keep winning.”

Innes had been a doubt for Saturday’s game but played through the pain barrier and put the Lichties ahead in 23 minutes after connecting with a Liam Caddis cross.

But the defender was more happy with the defensive performance.

He added: “It was great to get a goal but it was more pleasing to keep a clean sheet.

“I had pulled a muscle and I was struggling but I just got it strapped up and got through it.

“And today was the kind of performance you need and I was glad to contribute to that.

“I don’t work on getting goals but I have always just seemed to get them.”

Innes had been without a club since the start of the season after leaving Inverness but now he says he is just happy to be involved again.

He said: “I am just happy to be back playing. I was out for four or five months so it is good especially at my age.”

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