Airdrieonians v Brechin City

Andy Jackson holds off the challenge from Martin Hardie.

Andy Jackson holds off the challenge from Martin Hardie.

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Brechin City manager, Ray McKinnon, put his team’s 3-1 defeat to Airdrieonians on Saturday down to a slow start.

Speaking after the match, Mr McKinnon lamented the first half performance, commenting: “You can’t start a match like that and concede two goals.

“We seem to doing that every week right now. We start badly in the first half and in the second half we have a lot of possession.”

When asked how this issue could be resolved, Mr McKinnon said: “We need to start the game better. We need to be switched on and concentrating at the start.

“It seems to take teams going ahead for us to raise our game. It’s something we need to work on and improve quickly.”

Brechin have had to contend with injuries and suspensions, with centre back Graham Hay missing the last two matches after being sent off, but while Mr McKinnon accepted it had been difficult, he added: “It’s no excuse for the perfomance today, we need to be better in the first half.”

Brechin’s next fixture is away to Stenhousemuir. The Supporters Club are running a bus, sponsored by Margaret Noble, Margaret Stormont and Colin Stewart. The bus leaves St Ninian’s Square at 10.30 a.m. To book a place, contact Steven Stewart on 07547 552209.