Darren Dods sees this Saturday’s Angus Derby with Forfar Athletic at Station Park as an opportunity to galvanise his side’s form.
The last time the sides met, a fine 40-minute display from Brechin City gave Dods’s charges the belief to go on and take seven points from three games.
City did lose that derby of course but Dods believes there’s a great chance to take victory this time out.
He said: “It’s always important when a derby comes around and I’ve been involved in a few. It’s a good opportunity for us to get ourselves back on track after the disappointment of Saturday.
“The first 40 minutes last time we were on top and had the best chance with a Darren McCormack header, then they scored either side of half-time and killed the game off. It’d be good to come back with that kind of performance to galvanise us again.
“It’s disappointing to see Cowdenbeath create a gap between us, but there was a gap there before.
“Up until before the break we got a few points behind us.
“Saturday was disappointing but we need to get ourselves playing again and try to put a run together. There are only five or six points between the teams above us so we want to try and close that gap.”
Saturday’s loss to Albion Rovers left Brechin four points adrift of Cowdenbeath, and the manager felt his players should have had enough in their tanks to see off Darren Young’s outfit despite their injury list.
Dods added: “It was disappointing. We lost Robert and Dene before the game so it was very disappointing to lose those two, but I still think we should have had enough about us to win the game at home to Albion Rovers. We didn’t start the game fast enough and went 1-0 down after 25 minutes.
“For the last portion of the game we camped them in but didn’t do much with it which is disappointing. You’d fancy Robert or Dene to put some of those chances away for us. They’ve both done very well for us this season.
“But again, we still should have had enough about us. With the injuries we’ve got we probably had more defensive players on the park in the second half than we would have liked but that’s just how it was. We should have got ourselves back in the game.”