FORFAR Athletic manager Dick Campbell admits he has got a task on his hands in the bid to turn Forfar Athletic’s fortunes round following a run of results that has plunged the team into the Scottish second division relegation zone.
The Loons have only managed to take one point from a possible fifteen of late, and now find themselves in second bottom spot, only above Saturday’s conquerors Albion Rovers by virtue of goal difference.
However, with only three points separating the bottom six sides in the table, it won’t need a massive turn-around to get things back on track.
Following the most recent reverse at home to Rovers, Dick Campbell pulled no punches.
After Robert Love had twice raced clear of the defence to net for the visitors, the Forfar boss said: “The end score-line flattered us.”
He accepted there was a lack of buzz about the side.
“With 18 minutes to go and Rovers keeper taking an age with every kick-out not one of our players were complaining about it,
“I’ve got problems here at present, but I have had problems before and, don’t worry, I will get it sorted.
“I am very, very unhappy that Stevie Crawford played his last game for us associated with that performance.
“We were terrible and all credit to Albion Rovers. The front two of Robert Love and John Gemmill led us a merry dance.”
Dick refused to accept that injuries were taking their toll, stating that the players he has at his disposal should be good enough to do the job.
However, with Jordon Brown out for the season, having suffered cruciate ligament damage at Cowdenbeath a week past Saturday, and Stevie Crawford having departed the scene to take over an assistant manager role at Falkirk, the Loons can do without picking up many more knocks.
Mark McCulloch and Greg Ross both had to be taken off on Saturday past and could be doubts for the next challenge - a home derby match against Brechin City this coming Saturday.
The Reds have been going through a rough patch of their own of late, but they did bounce back with a narrow one-nil home victory over Cowdenbeath on Saturday past.
Forfar have already got one over City on their own patch this season, but every derby game is different, and Saturday’s will be well-contested as always.
However, three points can get Forfar back in gear again, prior to two more games on the road - away at Airdrie United in the league on Saturday, November 12, followed by that long trip south-west to take on third division Stranraer in the third round of the Scottish Cup on Saturday, November 19.