There’s more to come from special Forfar says boss Dick Campbell

Pic credit Christopher Coutts
Pic credit Christopher Coutts

Delighted gaffer Dick Campbell saw his side sail back to the top of League One on Saturday - but said there’s even more to come from his players.

The Loons returned to the summit after a one-day absence following Dunfermline’s win over Ayr United on Friday night, leaving Campbell’s outfit top with a quarter of the league season now played.

And Dick said he believes there’s something special about this crop of players after seeing 10-man Stenhousemuir

dismantled 3-0.

He said: “There’s something special here, I think there’s more to come. We’ve got a lot of pace in the team up front, we’ve got a lot of experience at the back and we’ve got the best goalkeeper in the league. We’re a point ahead of Dunfermline and four or five ahead of the others. I’m not getting carried away, it’s a great start to the season but

we knew that.

“I’ve signed about six players from full-time clubs last year, normally a club like Forfar gets one. Derek Young, Jim Paterson, Dale Hilson, Danny Denholm, Andrew Steeves, Stephen Husband - they’ve all come from a full-time

environment.

“I thought we played well for the majority of the game. They’re great, great goals, worthy of winning any game - particularly the third one. We stuck to what we know, we went out to be positive. Stenhousemuir have come up here and played three up front against us.

“The sending off merited it. I was a wee bit annoyed at our wide men not getting on the ball enough at half time. I got into Omar Kader and Danny Denholm at half time because we hadn’t seen anything from them, but you saw more from them in the second half. I thought some of the stuff we played down the left hand side was sensational.”

Forfar’s second - a lovely rehearsed strike from Gavin Swankie - after half time was met with raucous celebrations after Campbell had looked to punish the Warriors’ decision to leave three players up front for corners.

The boss was thrilled to see that pay dividends after just five minutes of the second half.

He continued: “They played three up front against us at corners and I logged that early on. We scored from it right after half time and that’s what everybody was delighted about. It’s a big decision to play three up front at a corner against you, and I said the way to augment that is to play a short kick right away. We did that and we got a goal from it, so I was absolutely delighted.”

Next up for the Loons is a titanic clash at East End Park with Dunfermline Athletic, who will be out for revenge following their 2-0 loss at Station Park back in August.

An away win would give Forfar a four-point lead over the Pars and while Campbell knows the game is a big one, he was keen to stress that there’s no more at stake than in any other fixture.

He added: “It’s 20 points out of the first quarter, nobody’s done that in a long time at our level. It gives us a lot to go on into next week’s big, big game at Dunfermline. All you get is three points though, in the cold light of day at a quarter to five next Saturday, it’s only three points.”