Performance on the day is what counts

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If THERE was a prize for fastest goal scored this season, it would probably go to Derek Holmes after his performance on Saturday.

The big forward was brought on to replace Steven Doris against Brechin in the Angus derby at Gayfield and was straight into the action.

Less than a minute on the park and with only a few minutes left on the game clock Holmes made straight for the Brechin box and posted a neat header past ‘keeper Craig Nelson.

He said: “I think it was a matter of a couple of minutes and I managed to get a goal, so quite pleasing.

“I think it was my second touch, I had one just before that just leading the ball back and the second one was a header and it went in so it was a good goal and a great performance from the lads.”

With 12 games for Arbroath under his belt and a number of goals, Holmes is modest about his emerging reputation as a goal scorer.

He said: “I think that’s me up to five now. So far so good. I am quite pleased and hopefully I can continue this wee goal streak, but the most important thing is we get the victories on the board.”

On Sunday, Arbroath will face Queen of the South away in the next round of the Ramsden Cup.

After losing to the full-timers 6-0 in their last encounter Arbroath will be keen for revenge, and the former Queen of the South man is confident Arbroath can make amends.

He said: “They are well organised. Allan Johnston is a good manager. He has come in this season and he’s assembled a great squad so they’re doing well. Hopefully we can go down there and give a good account of ourselves.

“I think myself that full time is a big difference. They train every day, they’re working on things every day.

“You just have to go down there and make a good show of it. If you play well, as we’ve shown we’re playing better going four forward, then you never know.

“All the boys here as just as fit. The gaffer works us hard. We all work hard on a Monday and a Wednesday, so physical fitness will not count so much.

“In this league, and probably any league, anyone can beat anyone on the day. So all it takes is a wee bit of consistency and confidence and then hopefully we will go forward.”