Forfar Athletic boss Gary Bollan praises Gavin Swankie after position change

Photo by Chris Coutts
Photo by Chris Coutts

They’re not out of danger by any means but Gary Bollan said he likes what he sees after Forfar Athletic moved out of the bottom two by beating Ayr United.

The injury-ravaged Loons set up with Gavin Swankie in centre midfield with partner Bryan Hodge playing through injury to help the side take on the promotion-chasing outfit.

The sacrifice of Hodge and unused substitute Iain Campbell - who’s still battling a chronic groin problem - is something Bollan said he felt lucky to have in his squad.

The Station Park boss said: “There were lads putting their bodies on their line, few boys carrying knocks. Hodge came off and he opted to play in the first place, we’re lucky to have that - same with Iain Campbell on the bench.

“There’s still a very long way to go, but we’re in a better place this week than we were this time last week. It’s up to us to keep up the performances and if we maintain performances as we have in the last three games, we’ll do well.”

It was a quality performance from the hosts on Saturday and skipper Swankie was literally and figuratively at the heart of it as he pulled the strings for his side from the middle of the park.

Bollan described his captain’s performance as “superb” while praising the team performance as a whole.

He added: “I thought it was another good performance and we created a lot of chances again. We managed to get three goals and they were good goals.

“I thought the front two and Gavin Swankie caused them a lot of problems. It was a different role for Swankie given the injuries we’ve got but he was superb.

“We’ve got to give credit to the defenders as well, they were solid throughout the game and restricted Ayr to very few chances.

“The result was coming, we’re creating chances. First half was very open, both teams were going hammer and tongs at it. At this stage of the year we’re needing to create chances and we did that.”