Brechin City can respond after losing to Livingston - Dods

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Brechin manager Darren Dods said Livingston are top of League One “for a reason” after his side fell to a 2-1 defeat at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday.

The City fell behind on 33 minutes when Danny Mullen smashed home a rebound and the hosts doubled their lead on 65 minutes when Scott Pittman’s 25-yard effort nestled in the right-hand corner.

Brechin found themselves back in the game on 72 minutes after an inspired substitution from Darren Dods seen striker Alan Trouten score with nearly his first touch of the ball, but Livingston held on to collect the three points.

Dods said: “They are top of the league for a reason, they have got good players.

“They have got great power from long throws and then there is the massive height they have got.”

Several of Livingston’s first half chances were from set pieces, with a corner and a throw-in causing chaos in the Brechin back-line.

“I think I need to get myself back in there! At set pieces we are lacking that bit of height when we come up against full-time, physical teams.

“We kept going and we got the goal, we huffed and puffed a wee bit but we didn’t get any sustained pressure on top of them.

“It was a test for us and we have just got to dust ourselves down and go again next week.”

Brechin, now third in League One, will go again next week when they meet a faltering Peterhead side at Glebe Park, but Dods will not underestimate last season’s play-off semi-final losers.

“It will be another tough one. Peterhead got off to a slow start but they won last week [against Queen’s Park] so they are picking up a little.

“You have Rory McAllister there, one of the best strikers in the league - I think it’s 30 plus he scores most seasons in this league so we will have to try and take care of him.

“We have had a good record at home in the league so hopefully going back home to our own surroundings can help us”