Todd Lumsden says his Arbroath side go into tomorrow’s crunch derby clash with Montrose full of confidence despite losing last time out.
His Lichties side lost 3-0 to the Gable Endies last time the sides met but the Gayfield Park outfit went on a resurgence after that, putting in vastly improved displays that ultimately returned a run of three victories.
That winning run ended in a 2-0 defeat to Annan Athletic two weeks ago and Lumsden said the players are raring to go to bounce back from that frustrating loss to the Galabankies - and to make amends to the fans for the display at Links Park earlier in the season.
He said: “It’s a local derby so it’ll be a good game. After the last one through there we’ve got a lot to give back to the fans because of the result and the performance, so hopefully we can do that. The fans will be dying for it to come for the occasion and we want to get the result that they deserve.
“I think we can be confident of a positive result. We’ve taken nine points out of the last possible 12 and we should have had something from the Annan game, so we’d like to take those performances into the Montrose game.
“The boys are raring to go after losing to Annan. Looking at their faces in the dressing room afterwards, they were all gutted thinking how they never took anything from that game. The old cliche is that if you perform consistently, you’ll take points more often than not. Hopefully we can perform and take something from Montrose.”
Todd said that he’s missing four important players for the derby game, but their absences provide his squad players with an opportunity to show why they deserve a place in the starting 11.
Jamie Reid and Kane Hester will be out for five weeks or so with ankle injuries while Sergio Cecilia Alvarez and Andy Ryan are unlikely to feature due to groin and thigh strains respectively.
Lumsden said: “It’s an opportunity for someone else to stake a claim.”