Mark Whatley: we’ve lacked a proper goalscorer this season

Photo by Graham Black
Photo by Graham Black

A dominant display from Arbroath counted for nothing as they went down 4-1 to Annan Athletic on Saturday.

Jamie Reid scored a screamer for the visitors but naive defending and wasteful finishing conspired to hand the Galabankies one of their easiest wins of the season.

Josh Todd and Lewis Guy scored either side of Reid’s belting finish in four remarkable first half minutes, before second half goals from Todd and Smart Osadolor increased the margin of victory.

Mark Whatley said that the lack of a true goalscorer didn’t help the Lichties on Saturday, and has been a huge miss for them all season.

He said: “It was a strange one, first half we dominated and played some very good stuff.

“We did everything but score and that’s basically our story of the season isn’t it? A lot of games we’ve had the better of the opposition, dominated play but we’ve just not had that killer instinct.

“Alongside giving away soft goals it just doesn’t bode well. At the end of the day it’s all about winning.

“We did dominate for large spells. We got in behind them quite a lot and got the ball across the box, but we just didn’t get on the ends of things.

“You’ve got the likes of Craig Gunn and Nathan Austin scoring goals for their teams whereas we’ve not had that this season.

“Simon Murray and Paul McManus are why we were so successful in the first half of last season.

“Keeping it tight at the back helped too but scoring goals, we always knew we’d get a goal or quite often more than one. It’s been difficult to replace them.”

This weekend Arbroath host Berwick Rangers ahead of a home derby with Montrose the following week.