Loons left feeling Blue after defeat

As the dust settled on Forfar’s exit from the Scottish Cup, Loons manager Dick Campbell took time to reflect on what he felt were wasted opportunities.

Campbell was speaking after the ‘Sky Blues’ crashed out at home in a tie which pitted the league one leaders against the team languishing at the bottom of the championship.

Forfar v Cowdenbeath.

Forfar v Cowdenbeath.

However, Campbell paid tribute to Jimmy Nicholl’s ‘Blue Brazil’ stating: “It was always going to be a tight game but credit to Cowdenbeath - they were worthy winners.”

After the match Campbell said Cowdenbeath had deserved to win.

He said: “Their goals were sensational. I didn’t think there was a lot between the sides but they fully deserved to win the tie. Their goals were great.

“We just didn’t do enough to get through the tie and I have no complaints.”

However, on Monday and after some time to reflect, he commented: “Having had time to look back, it did take great goals to beat us but we had opportunities and never took them.”

He explained he was forced to make changes to the back four for the first time, with Baxter replaced with Michael Dunlop and Gavin Malin playing right back for the first time this year.

He continued: “The good thing is we can’t sit back and feel sorry for ourselves. We are playing Morton on Saturday, they are third in the league.

“The only way to get over a bad result is to go out and play the game harder; we will be getting well prepared for Morton.”

Campbell acknowledged that, in brief spells, after Forfar scored and right at the end after Cowdenbeath scored their third, his side showed some flashes of the passing play that has served so well and which has delighted the fans recently.

But they struggled to find their rhythm with Cowdenbeath taking the lead in the 12th minute with a neat attack down the right.

Kyle Miller completed some intricate passing with a cut-back across the box to Declan Hughes and he swept the ball home from 12 yards.

The visitors then doubled their lead in the 27th minute with only their second real attack, Miller again provided a good cross and Sean Higgins rose and powered a header past Rab Douglas.

Forfar reduced the deficit three minutes later when Dale Hilson took full advantage of a lucky break.

The ball ricocheted off Marcus Fraser’s head as the pair challenged and Hilson controlled with his chest before drilling a low shot into the bottom corner.

Blue Brazil restored their two-goal advantage in the 64th minute with a wonder strike from Lewis Milne.

He picked the ball up in midfield and unleashed a 35 yard scorcher.

Forfar never gave up and kept pressing. Right at the death Omar Kader saw his shot come back off the crossbar and the visitors survive a mad goal-line scramble.