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Arbroath reaction

Arbroath reaction

Stirling Albion manager Dave Mackay felt a draw was about right after it ended 1-1 at a blustery Gayfield.

Darren Smith gave us the lead with his sixth goal of the season early in the second half but Steven Doris hauled Arbroath level soon after.

Both sides had chances to win it in the closing stages while the home side were unhappy not to have been awarded a penalty following a tackle from Conor Quigley.

Mackay said: “I’m happy with a point and I think a draw is probably fair on the balance of the game. We had a couple of good chances to win it at the end but they had a 10-minute spell in the first half when they battered us and we couldn’t get out.

“I can’t fault the players for effort – I asked them to give us a real battling performance. The wind got up in the second half which made things difficult but we did the basics much better than we have been doing recently so that is something to build on.

“We’ve now got three huge games coming up against Edinburgh City, Elgin and Cowdenbeath in the space of a week and we need to make sure we pick up points.”

Arbroath boss Dick Campbell said: “I think it was a blatant penalty kick – why would the player go down in that situation? I spoke to the referee and he said the defender got a touch on the ball.

“Overall it’s a reasonable point because Stirling are fighting for their lives. The quality let us down in the final third and we had several good chances in the first half to put the game to bed but at the end a draw was a fair result.”