Gavin Swankie admitted Forfar Athletic can’t be too disheartened with their results in the first quarter of the League Two campaign.
Seven wins have seen the Loons stay at the top of the table for the majority of the season already.
And despite losing their last two, Swankie says that if the Loons were offered 21 points from the first quarter back in pre-season there’s no doubt they’d have bitten your hand off.
Gavin was speaking after Forfar were beaten 2-0 by rivals Arbroath and while the forward accepted his side weren’t at the best, he stressed that it was an even tougher battle because of the official’s decisions.
Swankie said: “Everyone’s gutted. I thought it was hard out there, especially with the referee’s decisions.
“We didn’t play particularly well but the referee gave everything against us he possibly could. It made it much harder for us.
“It says in the rules, if it’s a penalty you can’t send him off and he’s given both for Jamie Bain. So we can’t understand that. Going down to 10 men, especially with the gusts against you, it’s really difficult. “Second half we did better, I thought we got the ball down and created some chances, though they weren’t clear-cut, but we got into good positions with good balls into the box.
“The second goal killed it. We felt quite comfy and I really thought we were going to score, but then the second goal kills us. It was really tough going but you just dig deep, try to get over the line.
“If you’d asked us where you want to be after the first quarter, seven wins and two defeats you’d obviously take it.
“Nobody’s downhearted though. You’re always going to have a bad spell.”