Super Swankie says 3-2 score flattered opponents Morton

Pic credit Christopher Coutts
Pic credit Christopher Coutts

Forfar Athletic skipper Gavin Swankie led his side to a stunning 3-2 victory over Greenock Morton with a magnificent individual performance, but made sure his teammates took the plaudits.

Swankie scored either side of setting up Danny Denholm for Forfar’s second, and the club captain was delighted to see the Loons deservedly secure the three points.

And Swankie added that he felt the team’s performance made amends for the disappointing display at Ayr United the week before, one that saw Gavin criticised by the manager after the game.

He said: “I thought the scoreline flattered Morton, we were the better team and at 3-1 I thought we were comfortable.

“Then they get a goal late on and we’re kind of backs against the wall for the last five minutes.

“But overall I thought we deserved the win.

“It’s a team game, the goals obviously help win games and we got the three points, that’s the main thing.”

The two goals were Gavin’s first competitive strikes of the season, taking him level on goals with Dale Hilson and one behind fellow goalscorer Danny Denholm, who now has three.

“It was just one of those days, last week it wasn’t any of our days whereas you got to see what we can do. We’re comfy running at people.

“You see players getting on the ball and running at people, it’s what the boys are good at and you saw that. Last week we never did that but you saw the difference.

“He spoke to us individually last week after the game, we were poor but I think we made amends for that. Obviously a couple of goals always helps but I thought we were far better this week.

“Everyone knew last week that it wasn’t good enough. The players knew themselves and they showed the difference, and that’s got us the three points.”

Some sections of the media suggested Forfar Athletic would struggle to avoid relegation this season, and that prediction has lit a bit of a fire under a very talented team that Swankie believes should be aiming for the top four, because they’re much better than they were a year ago.

He continued: “It gets the boys going if folk try and put you down. Each Saturday you just look to get the three points and I think we’ve got a far more experienced squad together than we did last year.

“We keep the ball a lot better and we create a lot of chances.

“I don’t see why we can’t be in the top four.”

Swankie’s second goal was a touch of class, a crisp finish with the outside of the left foot giving Derek Gaston in the Morton goal no chance.

The striker added: “Mikey Dunlop, he went in for a 50/50 and it just broke over the top. I’ve managed to bring it down on my chest and it’s the outside of the left foot. The goalie’s just stood there and it’s only one place it’s going to go.”