Loons must do better after second half drop says assistant gaffer

Forfar assistant Ian Campbell said the side has plenty to work on following their 1-1 draw with East Stirlingshire on Saturday.

A Derek Young goal in the first half was no less than the hosts deserved following a dominant 30 minutes or so.

But the quality of the Loons’ play dropped off significantly after the break and Ian said that will need to be improved on.

He said: “Those are pre-season games for you. I won’t take anything away from East Stirling, they worked very hard. We had seven U20s players out there.

“I thought that in the second half, we dropped our work rate and our quality and that’s something we’ve got to work on. But I thought first half we were terrific. We played the way we want to play.

“East Stirling came more into the game second half and got themselves a penalty. It was a good workout and we saw the young boys. There are a lot of boys missing for various reasons but we’ll get them back.”

Gavin Swankie was equally disappointed with the second half performance, but said there are positives to take from the fixture.

He said: “The first half was good. We kept the ball and played all right. Second half we looked tired.

“It’s obviously a pre-season game and it’s my first pre-season game.

“I was tired in the second half but we should have done better.

“The goal was a great hit from Derek. It was well worked, Smudger held the ball up well.

“I just thought we needed more of that. We kept the ball well but we didn’t create a lot of chances and that’s what we need to work on.”