Arbroath boss Moore out to avoid Bo’ness shock

Arbroath manager Allan Moore knows all about cup shocks. Pic: EEN
Arbroath manager Allan Moore knows all about cup shocks. Pic: EEN
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Allan Moore upset all the odds 14 months ago when he outwitted opposite number Neil Lennon and led Morton to a famous League Cup victory away to Celtic.

Now in charge of Arbroath, Moore is eager to prevent Bo’ness United counterpart Allan McGonigal doing the same to him when the League 2 side take on the Super League champions at Newtown Park in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

Bo’ness have made history by reaching the fourth round for the first time, but former Hearts winger Moore will be going all out to ensure the fairy tale ends this weekend.

He said: “We are firm favourites and Bo’ness are underdogs but that doesn’t mean anything in football. I’ve had a few before myself. There is always us a shock in the cup and I’ll be telling the boys to make sure it is not us. We won’t take them lightly. Hopefully we can go there and put in a good performance, and if we do that, I’m pretty sure we’ll get a result.”

Bo’ness knocked out League 2 side Elgin City in the third round with a dramatic 5-4 replay victory on their home park, but Arbroath offer an entirely different proposition due to the contrasting league positions between the two clubs.

Top-of-the-table with ten wins out of 13, Arbroath are three points clear at the summit of Scotland’s fourth tier, while Elgin are rock bottom without a league win all season.

Moore has been thorough in his preparation for Saturday’s encounter and believes his side can do better against Bo’ness than their league rivals. He said: “I sent one of my pals and my agent to watch the game against Elgin. The report I got back was that Bo’ness were very dangerous up front, but very susceptible at the back and that maybe showed with the scoreline. That could work in our favour as our defence hasn’t been too bad, but we have a really good strikeforce.

“I don’t like counting my chickens, however, because you never know. Elgin would’ve probably said they were confident when they drew Bo’ness and it backfired on them. We’ll take them just as seriously as anyone in our league. I think I have the squad to do better than Elgin because we are a better team.”

Arbroath are expecting to bring around 500 supporters to Bo’ness on Saturday and with a large home following, almost 2000 could be in attendance. Moore admits his players aren’t used to playing in front of such big crowds. “I think there will be a lot more fans at the game on Saturday than we’ve had all season,” he said. “I’m just hoping our players don’t get nervous.”