Campbell: Loons have to get back to form following Dunfermline loss

Photo - Chris Coutts

Photo - Chris Coutts

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Forfar Athletic assistant Ian Campbell reckons the side need to fix up and look sharp after the loss to Dunfermline left them without a win in five games.

Goals from David Hopkirk, Joe Cardle and a Ryan Wallace double defeated the Loons who were missing a few players.

Speaking after the game, Campbell said: “We had a lot of players missing today, but all credit to Dunfermline, they started well and gave us a bit of trouble and scored. We settled down and missed two glaring chances to at least come in with a draw at half time.

”In the second half Dunfermline were always going to come at us, they’re a good side, great pace and strength but I thought our shape was good.

“It was a combination of us losing poor goals but Dunfermline playing really well.”

The Loons were missing Michael Travis, Michael Dunlop, Danny Denholm and Lewis Allan amongst others but did bring in Hibs midfielder Scott Martin on loan before the game to bolster the depleted squad.

Campbell says there are no excuses from the Forfar camp, stating there were no doubts that Dunfermline deserved the win.

He continued: “There were a lot of injuries for a club like Forfar but there’s no excuses from us, no reason why we couldn’t have came here and won; that’s what we tried to do. There’s no doubt Dunfermline deserved the win, they created and took their chances and we didn’t so onwards and upwards, bring the next game on.”

The assistant also expressed disappointment at chances missed by Chris Templeman at 1-0 in the first half, pouncing on errors by Marc McAusland but failing to beat former Loon custodian Sean Murdoch.

Campbell said: “That’s not like Chris at all, he missed both of them and I think he made the wrong choices; the first one he should have rounded Murdoch because he came out too fast and the second one he should have chested it instead of heading it because the two defenders were away to Arbroath.”