Stenhousemuir boss Brown Ferguson was in optimistic mood this week ahead of a busy festive period for the Warriors - despite seeing his side miss the chance to go third in the table.
The traditional ‘curse’ of the monthly managerial award struck as Stenny went down at home to Albion Rovers just a couple of days after Ferguson was named League 1 Manager of the Month for November.
But despite the defeat Ferguson was happy with his team’s display as they recovered performance levels missing in their Scottish Cup encounter with East Kilbride.
He said: “The players’ performance levels were back to what they should be and I can’t be too critical of their efforts.
“It was a stuffy game but we kept the ball well and created six or seven chances, but didn’t take them.
“On another day we would have scored so while it was a very disappointing result overall I am quite relaxed about the way we played.”
Next up for Warriors is Saturday’s trip to face leaders Dunfermline, a match which kickstarts a busy festive season with a home match against Stranraer on Boxing Day and trips to Airdrie on December 29 and Peterhead on January 2.
Ferguson said: “I’m looking forward to it and there should be a big crowd for the players to enjoy.
“The last time we played Dunfermline they dominated and thoroughly deserved to win so I have to learn from that and approach Saturday’s match accordingly.”
Ferguson also played down the personal significance of his Manager of the Month accolade.
He said: “I always feel these things are a bit embarrassing and it should be viewed as an award for everyone at the club.
“They have been working extremely hard since the start of the season and that was reflected in the results and performance we had in November.”