Malcolm content with point after slow start

Stuart Malcolm shows his delight after making it 1-1 against Stranraer.

Stuart Malcolm shows his delight after making it 1-1 against Stranraer.

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Goalscorer Stuart Malcolm believes the point his second half header earned Forfar Athletic was a fair one as the Loons drew 1-1 with Stranraer on Saturday.

The 35-year-old admitted the long journey to Stair Park played a big part in the side’s disappointing first half performance, but said the players were able to show their quality after a half time tactical shuffle.

But the centre half was disappointed that he wasn’t able to add to his tally during the Scottish League One opener.

He told the Dispatch and Herald: “We were happy to get a good performance in the second half and show we’re a good team, because we are a good
team.

“I think we’re well capable of getting three points down there but anybody will be pleased getting a point down there.

“Considering the way we played first half as well, I think a point was probably fair.

“The long journey sapped us a bit, you’re sitting on the bus for the best part of four hours.

“You get there and stretch your legs and the next thing you’re into the warm-up, so it takes a bit of time to get going. I think everybody that goes down there will be happy to get a point.

“It’s a horrendous journey, especially from Forfar, but even from the central belt. The road’s terrible and there’s the time it takes sitting on the bus.

“The second half you saw a much better, higher tempo team that were looking to impress and try and get in people’s faces. We moved the ball quicker and sharper, and we looked a lot better.

“I actually should have scored before the goal. We took a short corner and Danny put a cross in, I got a glancing header on it and it ended up hitting the boy’s shoulder and I was annoyed with myself because if I had just put a solid contact on it then it would have went in the bottom corner.

“But then Danny took another corner, he put it in the same place and I got the full head on it and got it past the goalie. It was all about the delivery, I couldn’t really miss. On a better day I’d have had two anyway and I probably had four good chances that could have won us the game but unfortunately I only got the one.”

Next up for the Loons is the visit of title favourites Dunfermline and Stuart knows the hosts are in for a tough game, but says they’ll be looking for their maiden win of the season.

He continued: “Dunfermline will be a very good side, they’re a bit stronger than last year and they’ll know what they’re up against so it’ll be a very tough game.

“But we’ll be equipped for it and ready to give it a go. We’ll be looking to get our first three points.”

Supporters are reminded that season tickets will be on sale at Station Park on Thursday night from 6.30p.m. to 7.30p.m. and on Saturday from 9.30a.m. to 10.30a.m.

Meanwhile fans will have the new 1984 Lounge available to them on Saturday where they can enjoy a match day drink before the game.

The lounge opens from 12.30 p.m. with last orders at 2.45 p.m. before reopening at the final whistle until around 7.30 p.m.

Those who have taken up the seasonal pass card option will also get access at half time.