brechin shoot for six

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Brechin will look to use their home comforts and secure back to back wins at Glebe Park as they look to edge away from the League One basement.

Darren Dods’ side have ahome double header over the coming two weeks with Peterhead and then Stranraer scheduled to visit.

And Brechin will approach the two games with a bit of heart, after impressing at times during the weekend’s 3-1 defeat to title chasing Dunfermline at East End Park.

The home side dominated the game, but were given a real fright when Issac Layne pulled a goal back with the Pars 2-0 up.

Another positive for Brechin was the way in which the side defended resolutely and absolutely made Dunfermline earn their win.

The East End Park club, who hit the top of the league after the win, have steamrollered some sides this season.

But a backline, marshalled well by Dods and Darren McCormack, impressively soaked up the pressure.

Now gaffer Dods is preparing his side for what he will consider two winnable home games.

He said: “The home games coming up now are vital and we’ll be looking to make the most of them.

“We’ve struggled at home this season but will get back to work in training this week and get ready to have a right go on Saturday.”

At the weekend Dods had to reshuffle his pack as injuries hit his squad.

But those coming into the side earned special praise for their efforts from their boss.

Dods added: “We’re down there battling away and have injuries and suspensions.

“We’re keeping going and the boys who came in against Dunfermline showed they could play and gave their all.

“There were some good performances and a couple have staked a claim to play on Saturday.”

Whilst the Pars had the bulk of play at the weekend, the manager was pleased with the way his side reacted to going 2-0 down.

Rather than trying to protect their goal from a Pars onslaught, Brechin regroup and looked to work their way back into the game.

“We had a game plan to frustrate them in the first half and keep it tight,” said Dods.

“For 35 minutes we got men behind the ball and did that.

“I was disappointed to lose the two goals before the break but knew that if we kept it at 2-0 we were still in it.

“We then get the goal with Issac Layne acting quickly but should have kept ourselves in the game for a bit longer.

“Instead we gave them a goal quickly after that.

“At 2-1 and with the players we had on the park, we felt we had a chance.

“But they stuck to their task and looked good going forward.

“There’s good spirit at this club and we’re battling on for each other.

“One thing you can’t fault the players for is their effort.

“At training on a Tuesday and a Thursday they come in and put in a good shift.

“It’s just getting to the game on a Saturday when it’s not going for us.

“Whether that’s a mental thing or down to confidence we don’t know but we need to get it going on the pitch.

“They’ve shown me a lot.

“Against Dunfermline the players could have crumbled at 2-0 but came back and showed a lot of fight which is pleasing for me”