Stirling draw probably deserve admits frustrated Arbroath gaffer

Photo by Graham Black
Photo by Graham Black

Todd Lumsden admitted a draw with Stirling Albion was probably the fair result, though he wished his Arbroath side had taken all three points.

The chances were there for the Lichties to grab another victory on Saturday, not least when Kane Hester opted to play in Greg Rutherford - who was deemed offside - rather than shooting himself.

But while Lumsden spoke of his frustration at the failure to take chances, the Gayfield gaffer said there’s plenty still to play for in the coming weeks.

He said: “If we had held onto the lead for 10 minutes or so we might have gone on to win the game. We had a great chance to go 2-0, and first of all I don’t know why Kane doesn’t just put it in himself. It’s great team play to put Greg in, but then it gets called offside.

“The game would have been finished. For them to then go down the other end and score is disappointing.

“I couldn’t really see but the officials have given it. It is frustrating that they have then gone down the other end and scored but in the grand scheme of things we didn’t really deserve to win the game so a draw was probably a fair result.

“Stirling will be happier than us, having come away from home and got a point. We are disappointed because we have been 1-0 up and had a chance to go 2-0 up, but overall it’s a point in the bag.

“There are lots of points to be played for. With the run that we have been on over the past eight weeks, we have kept ourselves in the pack.

“We will just take it a game at a time and see where it takes us. The teams are all quite close in terms of quality, it is really tight.

“Bobby has tweaked his knee ligaments so we will have to see how it settles. Hopefully he will not be out for too long. The physio thinks it is a Grade One, which is just a few weeks out rather than anything more than that.”