Brechin boss Jim Weir slammed his men after their disastrous performance at home to Stirling Albion left them surely out of the race for a place in the promotion play-offs and looking over their shoulder in fear at getting sucked into the relegation dog-fight below them (write Charles Wallace).
After a Brechin display which was like night and day compared with their win at Arbroath a week before, Weir said: “That was another performance where we didn’t handle playing at home.
“Our home form has been terrible and the sort of goals we have been losing is embarrassing.
“At the end of the day it is about personnel and our personnel is not good enough. We have not been able to string two results together.
“We missed chances at key times in the game. David Crawford missed a chance to make it one-each, but that has been the story all season.
“I have asked the players to take a good look at themselves.
“Last year we were accused of being a one man team (with the goals of Rory McAllister) and this season the goals scored by Paul McManus have dug us out of a hole. Without them, things would have been really embarrassing.
“This is the worst team I have ever worked with defensively and I can’t seem to instill any fight in them.
“Stirling had more fight about them and we didn’t win any battles out there.
“We didn’t play as a team, we played as three separate units.
“After last week I felt we might have turned the corner and a win today would have seen us stay in touch with the play-offs.
“Now, the same kind of performance in our final four games will put this club under pressure.
“We will have to pick the players up at training and hope that we do not have two bad results back to back.”
With four games left, Brechin are seven points ahead of Forfar and Albion Rovers who are locked together in joint second-bottom spot.
They have only one home game left, against title-chasing Cowdenbeath and must travel to play Airdrie, Stenhousemuir and Dumbarton, all of whom are chasing a spot in the top four.
The first of these games comes this Saturday - when the reds head for Airdrie United.