Confidence from Loons boss

Iain Campbell steps up to take a penalty during Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Dundee in the League Cup.
Iain Campbell steps up to take a penalty during Tuesday's 2-1 defeat to Dundee in the League Cup.

Forfar Athletic boss Dick Campbell is sure that the club’s fortunes will turn after a run of poor results in the run up to the international break.

The Loons found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 score-line against Stenhousemuir on Saturday despite having plenty of chances which could have taken them into the lead.

Campbell said: “I think we are needing the break to be honest, the strikers in particular.

“We are creating chances but not taking them.

“But it will turn, I’m sure it will.

“The big game for us to look forward to now is East Fife a week on Saturday.”

Alastair Donald, Forfar Athletic chairman, is also confident that things will change, he said: “All I can say is thatwe have to get back to basics. Get back to where we were and get back to playing the football we know we are capable of.

“It’s time for the big players to really stand up and show why they are here. And they will, there is nothing surer. I have every confidence in them.”

He continued: “We have a long way to go and I am one hundred per cent sure that everything will be fine.

“We need to turn it around and sooner rather than later.

“We have a big game coming up against East Fife and it would be really good to get some points on the board and then we have Rangers after that.

“We need the fans to come out and support us. We were disappointed with the crowd at the last cup game but we are hoping that the fans will come out and support us at the next home game.

“But obviously we need to do our part by playing better. It’s a mutual thing.

“If we are playing well then we hope that they [the fans] will come out and support us.

“The international break has probably come at the right time.

“We will go and lick our wounds and then regroup and get this sorted out. Because it does need to get sorted out and it has to be soon.”

The club has also been dealt a blow with the news that Marc McCulloch is likely to be sidelined for six weeks after picking up an injury during the Ramsdens Cup tie against Dundee.

Keith Gibson and Derek Soutar remain sidelined with their rehabilitation while a few other players are carrying some niggling injuries.

The club have also lost Bryan Deasley, who just re-signed for the Loons in the close season, who has gone on loan to Montrose.