On the back of a home win against Clyde last week, the Blue Toon continued their struggle to find a win away from home when Jim McInally took his side to Montrose.
With McInally making slight changes for the away fixture, the Blue Toon looked powerless to avoid two quick-fire, first-half goals at Links Park.
With the Toon slumping out of the play-off places ahead of Christmas, and Montrose leapfrogging them in the process, McInally will be looking to emulate the late-season form of last season’s Peterhead if he hopes to see the Blue Toon in the play-off places come summer.
Speaking after the game to the Buchan Observer, manager Jim McInally was queried on whether the Blue Toon’s away form was beginning to affect the confidence of his team.
The former Dundee man responded: “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. People are starting to talk about it.
“You need to stay in the game, but to lose two goals in the first ten minutes, it makes it loads harder than it needs to be.”
With a week to prepare for their next fixture, a home tie that will see the Blue Toon host Rangers chasing Elgin on December 5, McInally is hopeful that he can bring member sof his returning squad back up to match fitness before deciding on his first eleven for the fixture.
“We’ll hopefully get a bounce game in to get match fitness up.
“We’ve got Graeme Smith in goal, which is a good thing with his experience,” McInally added before commenting that the goalkeeper’s experience was contrasted by a young back line.
“Ryan McCann is now available after his suspension which will help in the middle of the park, but it will take time for him to get back to match fitness.”
As well as McCann returning, McInally can look forward to Cox, Bavidge and Winters all beginning to make their case for first-team football over the next week.
“They need regular games to get them up to speed,” McInally said.
As their away woes continue to trouble, McInally reassured fans that it would be something the team would have to try and solve.
“We’re only two or three games into the second quarter, but we need to address this.
“I think we’ve got players that are better than that,” he added, touching on the Montrose game, commenting that his team perhaps needed to play ‘Third Division’ football to churn out the results.
“It’s disappointing, because their two goals were the result of us trying to play our way up the park, they were gifts,” the boss said.