Rab hailed after “world class save”

Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell.

Forfar Athletic manager Dick Campbell.

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Delighted boss Dick Campbell had to give his players the hairdryer treatment at half time on Saturday as his side trailed Airdrieonians 1-0.

And the gaffer was pleased to see his heated words spur the lads to a second half fightback and a 2-1 victory that kept them top of the league.

He said: “I thought the first half, give a bit of credit to Airdrie, I thought they went about their job right.

“Their goal, when you’re top of the league you have to answer that - everybody’s going to be up for you.

“I knew exactly what they were about, they went down to Ayr last week and won and that’s not the easiest place to go. We knew they’d be up for it.

“We couldn’t really complain when they went to 1-0, I didn’t think we applied ourselves that well in the first half.

“But from the second half kick-off you could see what we’ve done, we’ve gone 3-4-3 and that’s a big ask of guys.

“Second half, right from the whistle we were at it because we weren’t at it for the first 45.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to Airdrie but second half I thought we were well on top.

“There were lots of chances created and the winning goal was worthy of winning any game.”

Dale Hilson levelled after Jim Lister had got the opener and minutes before Gavin Swankie got the injury time winner, stopper Rab Douglas pulled off a stunning save to deny Keigan
Parker.

Campbell was eager to praise his goalkeeper, describing him as the best in the league.

Dick added: “Rab made a simply world class save just before the goal, and that’s why he’s the best goalie in the league.

“When you’ve got the best goalkeeper in the league you expect him to come up with saves like that.”