Denholm distraught not take points from Morton mugging

Pic credit Christopher Coutts.
Pic credit Christopher Coutts.

Danny Denholm believes Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Greenock Morton doesn’t put a dent into Forfar Athletic’s League One title hopes.

But the goalscoring winger admitted that the side’s poor finishing cost them what would have been a deserved three points against the Ton.

Recent signing Peter McDonald grabbed the winning goal and it was his ruthless penalty box instinct that separated the sides after an enthralling game of football largely dominated by the hosts.

Denholm said: “We’re absolutely gutted not to take anything from that. It’s probably the best we’ve played football-wise in a few weeks. It’s just disappointing.

“We’ve improved a bit and it was pretty even, I thought we were maybe the better side overall, particularly second half, so it’s really difficult to take. Maybe a lack of cutting edge has cost us.

“We had a lot of chances but it’s a great finish from Peaso to win it, it’s a slip of concentration from us - we let him get away and he’s put it away. It’s sloppy from us.

“It doesn’t dent our title hopes, we’ve got a game in hand and if we win that we’re right back there. There were plenty of positives to take.”

“It’s only January. There’s something like 14 games left so there’s plenty of football to go.”

Danny’s strike was his seventh of the season, but his first since September.

The 24-year-old was chuffed to be back on the scoresheet but said it felt hollow when the goal didn’t change the outcome of the game.

He continued: “It’s been a while since I scored so it’s good to be back among the goals.

“It’s not the best, you want your goals to mean something so it’s disappointing.

“I had a chance at the end, it came at me really quick and it went over.

“We need to bury those, you can talk about luck changing but at the end of the day we have to take our chances.”

The ex-Livingston player was pleased to see an improved performance though and believes a similar one will see them to victory this weekend against Peterhead.

He said: “I think the main thing is we passed that slump in form, we’re looking nearly back to our best.

“Peterhead are in form, they just won again but if we play like that we’ll win.”