Unhappy Times As Lichties Help Albion To Five

Last updated : 16 December 2007 By Fargone

The team left the field at Cliftonhill to a chorus of jeers and disapproval from a sizeable away contingent in the 250 crowd. Like the embarrassing home defeat to Forfar two weeks ago, this was surrender despite being in a position to take the game

Don't underestimate Rovers. Under a new manager, they are a committed and mobile unit - very creative going forward and fairly solid and quick defensively. T here was a buzz from home fans whenever Gemmill and Wright got near the ball. For all that, we had more possession first half and should have capitalised on the psychological blow of pulling back level by half-time. - the fastest 1-2 from Arbroath I've ever seen

We should have made a game of it second half but hardly showed up.

We gifted all Albion's goals. The first was a free header from a corner, the second a ludicrous challenge from Hegarty in the box, the fantastic third left their player free from a throw-in (but players were appealing so maybe some controversy there); the fourth they were quicker to a save from the keeper. Only the fifth when they passed through our defence could you say was not down to direct error

Our two goals came from Sellars from a brilliant Webster break and cross; and a bizarre oblique-angle shot from Rennie which must have taken a deflection

Albion attitude and workrate was better than ours and they won every 50:50 going. We showed little team spirit and some players looked disinterested or dissatisfied. The pitch surface didn't help when we tried passing but we didn't create enough attacking threat. Too many final balls were dire.

Calls for the manager's head have grown. We're certainly suffering injuries to key players but we need more organisation and above all a better commitment and team spirit.