Still unbeaten, but boss still frustrated

STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir FC v Arbroath FC.
STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir FC v Arbroath FC.

Scott Booth described the last two games as “must-win” matches for Stenhousemuir - and but for the width of a goalpost they could have done it.

Although the Warriors only drew with Arbroath and took four out of six points, their unbeaten run has continued to 11 games in the league- six under the new manager and that’s a habit he’s keen to harbour.

“The continuity at this time of the season is important and getting wins can make a big difference if you can keep that going.

“But we have to play better to deserve to take three points. You can’t just turn up against teams battling for their lives like Arbroath and expect to win. They showed more fight than we did.”

Stenhousemuir could have sneaked it though. Bryan Hodge rattled the post with a raking drive way before Sean Higgins’ late leveller snatched a point and extended the streak.

“I think we deserved a point,” Booth added. “Arbroath were very good but I need players to start games and exert our influence on them earlier.

“The late goals have been good but I’d rather we weren’t so reactionary and played the way we want to. The only time we’ve done that is early on against Brechin.

“That’s what I’m looking for at East Fife on Saturday.

“It is a chance to put real pressure on Ayr. They have a week off and it’d be good to draw level on points with them - and that’s what we aim to do.”

The Warriors have a few injuries to contend with. As well as absentees John Gemmell, Ross McMillan and Eddie Malone, Saturday saw Sean Lynch and Kevin McKinlay limp off early.

“Injuries aren’t the reason we failed to win on Saturday - but we do have a few concerns for this week.

“We re-shaped things at the back and changed how we played so I will look at the guys again in training this week.”