Gary Bollan admitted there was an anxiety about Forfar Athletic’s play in their 0-0 draw with Montrose.
The Loons never really looked comfortably against the hardworking Gable Endies, particularly in defence, and Bollan believes the nervousness has been present for a number of games now.
Bollan said: “I don’t think it’s to do with confidence. We look a bit anxious in our play at the moment and we need to get that out of our system.
“We’re at the top of the league for a reason, because we’ve been the most consistent team all season. Every team we play is trying to knock us off the top and it’s upto us to be up for that challenge.”
The absence of Danny Denholm was evident on Saturday with the hosts struggling to get any kind of width about their play, something that has proved to be crucial to their run atop League Two.
Gary added: “Last week was disappointing in the end. Danny’s a big player for us and we missed him, but it gives an opportunity for someone else to stake a claim.
“We changed the shape which was maybe a bit alien to the lads.
“We passed the ball well at the beginning but as the game went on, we didn’t get into the right positions.
“Montrose played well and made it very difficult for us. We have the guys to make a difference but we didn’t do that.”
Forfar’s next game is a trip to face currently-managerless Clyde at Broadwood Stadium on Saturday.