BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport
Arbroath midfielder David Gold knows the Red Lichties have let themselves down this season – but insists they are desperate to get back on track at leaders Annan this afternoon.
It is top against ninth at Galabank but former Hibs trainee Gold insists Arbroath are good enough to be challenging for promotion in League Two.
Todd Lumsden’s side have struggled to build any kind of consistent run and playmaker Gold insists the players need to take responsibility for their underwhelming start to the campaign.
He said: “We’re frustrated that we’ve not been able to put a run together, especially as with the squad we’ve got I think we should be doing better.
“We’ve been doing well in some games and I think we’ve been a bit unlucky at times.
“I also think there are times when we’ve not performed for the whole match, it’s maybe been just a half, or 75 per cent of it.
“We know ourselves we should be playing better but we can’t seem to put our finger on it. We need to put it right and we need to put it right quick.
“We all know we’ve let ourselves down.
“The fans come out in big numbers and support us so we need to give them something back.
“They have remained positive with us, they’re a great bunch of fans and they come away and support us in numbers, especially the young ultras.
“They sing and have their drum and the players appreciate the backing we get from them.”
Arbroath are a point above basement side East Stirling and six adrift of the play-offs, and Gold insists victory against the pacesetters is an ideal way to kick start their campaign.
He added: “It’s a tight league and there’s not much in it, a couple of wins and your right back in it.
“There’s not much between top and bottom. We’ve got the confidence to turn it around and there’s no better time than doing it against the league leaders.
“They’re obviously up there on merit because they’ve been picking up points but I don’t think they are massively better than everyone else.”