Brechin boss Darren Dods calls on his strikeforce to get back firing

Photo - Derek Watt.

Photo - Derek Watt.

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Brechin City manager Darren Dods has called on his forwards to get back on their game for this weekend’s visit of high-flying Albion Rovers.

Dods saw his side lose 1-0 to Airdrieonians on Saturday past and said the Diamonds were there for the taking - if his players could have fashioned some chances in front of goal.

The one-goal defeat returned City to the bottom of League One but Darren isn’t panicking about the team’s league position, though he added that this quarter will be extremely important for City.

The gaffer said: “The first half we had the better chances, there wasn’t anything in it - both teams probably cancelled each other out.

“Second half we’ve switched off a wee bit and the ball’s got over to the corner of the box, the boy’s cut inside and we should cut it out sooner but he’s took a shot from 25 yards and it’s deflected into the goal.

“After that they’ve just sat in and made it hard for us to get at them. We had nothing in the final third, no final pass or cross.

“We made some wrong decisions and we just didn’t test their goalie enough.

“I think Graeme Smith only had one save to make and then obviously the goal they’ve scored, so they didn’t create too much.

“It’s disappointing to lose the game like that, I think we’d have taken a 0-0 with how it went.

“Once Airdrie get a lead they make it so hard to score against but it’s disappointing with the attacking players we had on the park that we didn’t create more opportunities.

“Obviously they’re very well organised with how they defend but I felt we could have caused them some more problems and kept them camped in a bit more. We wanted to get a few more balls into the box.

“I think it’s going to be an important quarter. Five our next eight games are at home so it’ll be important to get points on the board.

“It’s disappointing to lose to Airdrie because you don’t want the middle pack teams to be making a gap up on you, albeit they have moved upto third with that win. You want to stay on the tails of the mid-table teams.

“Ross came back in and did very well, we looked solid at the back apart from the shot which has come from a deflection. It’s one of these games where there weren’t many chances created.

“Robert Thomson took a knock and he had to go off with 10 or 15 minutes to go, so he’ll be 50-50 for this weekend.

“Hopefully he’ll recover quite quickly and we can get him in the team on Saturday.

“Albion Rovers have done really well and they’ve taken teams by surprise. They got a great win against Peterhead.

“We played them down there and we were disappointed in how we played, we didn’t play well.

“It’s good to have them at Brechin, it’s one game and at home we want to give a good account of ourselves and take something from it.

“But they’ve shown in their games that they don’t give much away and it’ll be a tough one.

“There’s an onus on our creative players to create more, being at home the onus is on us to go and create chances and find the openings.”