Brechin City player-manager Darren Dods is hoping to pick up the first points of the season at home to Airdrieonians this weekend.
City remain in the bottom two in League One without a point after their fourth successive defeat on Saturday.
The 2-1 loss to Ayr United was the side’s second defeat at Somerset Park in as many weeks following their 3-0 reverse down there in the Scottish League Cup.
Injuries and suspensions will take their toll on Saturday’s squad but Dods is still hopeful of picking up a good result after a display of improved quality against Ian McCall’s side.
He said: “We played a lot better than we did the week before and I think we were unfortunate to lose. We probably had the better chances in the game. We lost another goal from a corner, we were slow to react to the second ball coming back in. For the penalty I left a leg in and Trouten went past me.
“We were unfortunate with those goals because they’re mistakes. But compared to the last time we were down at Ayr, we created a lot of chances and we probably deserved more than one goal.
“We’re happy with the progress. Going forward we caused them lots of problems. We lost two poor goals but we did look a lot more solid at the back.
“The big downside is Graeme Smith getting sent off in the last minute. He’ll miss two games and that’s a big miss. He was frustrated and it got the better of him. He knows himself he shouldn’t have reacted, frustrations have just boiled over.
“It will be a tough game with Airdrieonians. They’re a hard team, a strong team so it’ll be tough. But we’re at home and it was a very encouraging display on Saturday, so if we can show the same workrate and application and ability going forward, we’ll definitely create chances.
“We’re not having the best of luck right now with injuries to Shields, McLean and Perry but these things tend to even themselves out over the season.”