Manager Colin Cameron believes the ‘Gers were fortunate to collect all three points against Queen’s Park – but revealed his delight at seeing his side joint top of Scottish League Two on 10 points from the first five games.
Darren Lavery’s 18th minute penalty was enough to see off a spirited Spiders side – who played more than three quarters of the game with ten men after Scott Gibson saw red – with the gaffer believing the dismissal had a negative effect on the team.
“I felt we shaded it up until the sending off but when they went down to ten men it just seemed to galvanise them and we couldn’t get our passing together after that,” said Cameron. “In the second half we were struggling so much that I ended up having to change the formation bringing Stevie [Notman] on because I felt we needed a calm head in there. But the way the game went, even he wasn’t able to influence the game in the way he would’ve hoped.
“We rode our luck, there’s no doubt about that. I think they should’ve had a penalty with Stevie appearing to handle it at the end there but it was nice to get a wee break for a change.”
In past seasons, it could be argued that the ‘Gers would’ve failed to see out that type of match and with them team sitting second behind Annan Athletic on goal difference after the opening five games, overall Cameron is pleased by the start the team has made.
“Despite today’s performance, I can’t be anything other than delighted being joint top after the first five games, especially knowing that we haven’t reached the standards that we know we can and have done already in some of the cup games.
“Things seem to be happening the opposite of last season at the moment. There’s a different mentality about the squad this season and although we’re struggling in some games, we’re grinding out results.
“We’ve given ourselves a good base to work from but you can see by the league, there’s one point between six teams, that it’s early days but we’re in a much better position than some of the others.”
By Martin Inglis