JIM Weir hailed his City six-shooters after they gunned down desperate Dumbarton in clinical fashion at Glebe Park on Saturday.
The Brechin manager, not surprisingly, was over the moon with the way his side went about their business.
He said: “I have been saying for some time that we have the players here, if we defend properly, to give someone a tough time.
“We did that day on Saturday and I am delighted with the performance, especially after a very tough cup tie in midweek.
“There is no doubt towards the end there were one or two bodies who were looking a wee bit tired. We had to freshen things up at the right time, but the way we want about our jobs allowed us to do that.”
The manager also praised hat-trick hero David McKenna.
“I am absolutely delighted for David,” he commented. “I have been saying for a long time, he is as good a finisher as I have worked with. He got his rewards on Saturday with what were three striker type goals.
“I thought defensively we were much better and that was reflected all over the park.
“Roy McBain coming in did us proud. We know he has great experience, is a good footballer and he allowed us to start things from the back.
“That gave us a platform to build on and we produced a terrific second half performance.”
The manager also praised the manner that his side tried to play the game in, their fluent passing game paying dividends.
He continued: “I thought at times we passed it great and and it was good to watch.
“We have done that a few times this season, and sometimes haven’t had the end product. On Saturday we got that too.
“We had good passing, decent delivery and decent movement and if you get that, with the strikers and other players we have here, we know we can cause most teams problems. We certainly didn’t have a failure in the team.
“It’s the first time since I came to Brechin that I have been able to leave a couple of players out, which is a difficult decision for any manager.
“However, I keep saying to my players that the squad is more important than individuals. And individuals have got to work hard to get themselves back in the team.
“I’m delighted we have no hangover. It was the same earlier in the season when we knocked Dundee out of the cup.
“We came back to Glebe Park on the Saturday and managed to get in a good result against a decent Alloa side.
“I wasn’t too worried about that. My main concern was the niggly injuries we have at the moment - having to change the team, and to change the back four.
“We have recently been uncharacteristic in defence, having had the best defensive record in the league.
“Perhaps the cup run made us take our eye off the ball a wee bit. We lost some bad goals the last time Dumbarton were here, but I can’t praise our defenders and the rest of the squad highly enough. They gave us the platform to be really positive in the last third of the park.
“We are honest enough to say that it looks like it’s Livingston’s league to win.
“Everyone else is fighting for what’s below. They are an excellent side and the full-time aspect obviously has a big impact on things too.
“If my boys can finish as high up the league as possible, especially on the back of an excellent cup run, it has the makings of a fantastic season.”