Todd calls on Lichties players to keep up performance levels in search of maiden victory

Photo - Graham H Black.
Photo - Graham H Black.

Todd Lumsden has called on his players to maintain their level of performances because the club’s first victory of the season will surely follow if they do.

Arbroath remain bottom of League Two with just a single point from five games following their 1-0 defeat to Clyde on Saturday but the hosts were left scratching their heads that they didn’t get anything out of the game.

The Bully Wee were deservedly ahead at the break as the Lichties conceded another early goal, this time to a Chris Smith header in the ninth minute, but the hosts were dominant after a change in shape at half-time.

Somehow the goal just would not be breached though, with Craig Watson’s last minute header summing the afternoon’s action up when the ball struck the post and rolled across the line before a Clyde defender cleared it.

A perplexed Lumsden was left bemoaning the early concession yet again, but said his players need to maintain their current standard and the victories will follow.

Todd said: “How did we never take anything from that game? The chances we’ve had, I don’t know how we haven’t scored.

“We’ve went to sleep at a set piece and lost the game. We’re losing early goals all the time. Someone’s not done their job and we’ve lost. In that moment it comes down to one vs one and we need to want it more than them.

“We changed the shape and took the game to them second half, and they couldn’t get out of their own half. We’re really disappointed.

“But we need to keep going, because we have to keep the workrate and endeavour there. The players are as gutted in there as the fans and the board and everyone else.

“But we need to keep performing like that and try to get the ball in the net. If they keep playing like that it will come.

“You saw the Queen’s Park game, we battered them and lost. Berwick, we kept going and going and drew scoring late on. But we’ve given ourselves another mountain to climb against Clyde.

“It’s deflating and it gets you down but there’s nothing else we can do, we just have to keep going.

“Joao added something different when he came on but I wish he’d just shot when it fell to him instead of trying to bring it inside. Andy Ryan’s had chances, Martin Grehan’s had chances.”