Stranraer 0 Forfar Athletic 0 (SPFL League One) 21st November 2015

Forfar Athletic winger Danny Denholm believes the Loons improved once again this week with a 0-0 draw away to Stranraer.

The 26 year old also reckons that next week’s Scottish Cup tie away to Queen’s Park is the ideal game to kickstart their season.

Denholm said “It was a hard fought draw, the conditions weren’t great but I felt it was a good fight and that’s what we needed to show after the last few weeks so we’re getting there, we are getting there.”

“I think it was good to get a clean sheet, the back four was settled, their big guy up front was a handful but they dealt with him really well so a clean sheet is something to build on.”

The winger felt his own performance was ”okay”, disappointed with himself that he didn’t score “I did okay, I didn’t have a lot of end product but I put a shift in and on a better day I might have scored but I’m happy enough with my performance.”

As mentioned, the Loons travel to Hampden next week to face Queen’s Park for the second time this season. The first was a 2-0 win in the League Cup in August with Denholm scoring and he feels the game is perfect to stop the winless run.

“It’s a good omen, I think. It’s a good place to go to and stop the run with a win, I’m feeling positive about it.”

He continued “There’s no better feeling than scoring at Hampden, even if it’s empty. I’m got a few this season so I’m hoping I can continue that next week.”

Despite chances from Denholm, Scott Martin, Bryan Hodge and Derek Young, the Loons couldn’t find their way to the back of the net.

There was two changes from the previous week’s draw against Stenhousemuir with Thomas O’Brien and Young replacing Chris Templeman and Martyn Fotheringham.

Martin hd the first opportunity of the game twelve minutes in after an even start to the game; O’Brien laying the ball off for Swankie to swing in a cross after beating a defender, O’Brien meeting the cross with an overhead kick that Martin connected with but his header flew over the bar.

Two minutes later Stranraer went close when Craig Malcolm’s header from a Paul Cairney corner.

It was the turn of Denholm to head over the bar in the 22nd minute; Baxter the supplier this time before O’Brien headed wide from an Iain Campbell free kick.

Malcolm went close again on the half hour mark, receiving a Keenan free kick before turning and firing wide.

At the other end Denholm allowed Baxter to swing a cross in for O’Brien, he chipped the ball into the danger area and Young rose to meet the lofted ball but could only head over.

In the 37th minute the hosts’ Luciano Necquecaur had a shot on target after receiving a low cross from Malcolm but Douglas, unlike a fellow keeper who made the news, found himself in the right place to deny him.

Two minutes before half time Bryan Hodge went close with a long range effort, his shot flying past the post.

Hodge had the first chance of the second half when he tested McGurn with a volley from the edge of the box.

In the 52nd minute a good passing move ended in Young dragging his effort wide before Necquecaur met a Pettigrew cross, laying off Ryan Thomson but he blasted over from close range.

The game was a midfield battle in the second half, the rain starting to get heavier and in the 72nd minute Swankie attempted to set up Young but his backheel was held after a Campbell free kick.

With five minutes left Hodge went close again with a long range effort, his shot flying inches past the post before Thomson fired over with a minute to go.

Neither side could conjure up a goal and the point leaves the Loons in seventh place as they break for the Scottish Cup next week. They travel to face a Queen’s Park side that they have already played this season; defeating them 2-0 in August through Young and Denholm in the League Cup.

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