Martyn Fotheringham praises resurgent Montrose after derby draw

20170225- Forfar Athletic vs Montrose'Montrose's Ryan Ferguson and Forfar's Jamie Bain in action at Station Park. ''� Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.
20170225- Forfar Athletic vs Montrose'Montrose's Ryan Ferguson and Forfar's Jamie Bain in action at Station Park. ''� Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES''No use without payment.

Martyn Fotheringham was disappointed that Forfar Athletic could only draw with rivals Montrose on Saturday.

But the midfielder admitted that the stalemate was fair given the way the game went for the League Two leaders.

Forfar’s lead at the top of that league is down to six points but Fotheringham stressed that the fate of the title is entirely down to the Loons.

Martyn said: “You’re never happy with just a point at home but when you look back you have to consider the way the game went, the conditions and so on and Montrose have picked up a lot under Stewart Petrie.

“It’s another point for us and we’re not getting beat still. You’d rather win your home games though, of course.

“Our final pass wasn’t good enough and to be honest, our overall play wasn’t good enough, and we have to get back to that.

“I think we just need to get a couple of goals to get some confidence back.

“We struggled without Danny Denholm, he gives us so much width and we missed that, he always creates chances.”

Fotheringham, whose testimonial game has been set for Tuesday, March 21 against Paul Hartley’s Dundee, was full of praise for Montrose who have turned their season around under their manager Stewart Petrie.

Foxy said: “Montrose are on a good run so we’ll take a point.

£They were a bit disjointed at the start of the season but you can see they’re now playing with confidence.

“I don’t think they’ll be a rollover for anyone, they’re a hard team.

“I see a lot of Stewart’s coaching in that team. He’s a positive guy and wants his players to play football.”

Forfar visit Clyde this Saturday who will look to have a new manager in place following the resignation of previous incumbent Barry Ferguson.