Brechin manager says delay didn’t affect ‘keeper

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Brechin goalkeeper Graeme Smith became an internet sensation after turning up at the wrong ground on Saturday.

Smith arrived at Ochilview for the match against Stenhousemuir but it was being played 83 miles away at Glebe Park.

His manager, Darren Dods, was pleased with his efforts to get back ahead of kick-off.

He said: “He must not have been listening when I told them on Thursday. To be fair he phoned me at ten past one to say he’d gone to Stenhousemuir and he was on his way and he got back at 20 to three.

”He had enough time to do his usual warm up and it didn’t affect him or anything else.

“Word got out and before you knew it it was on the radio and I think it got mentioned on Sky Sports.

“The good thing was the traffic wasn’t bad so he still got here and everything else was okay.”

Dods was pleased with his side’s dominant second half performance despite suffering another loss that leaves his side bottom of the table.

Goals from Cook and McMenamin either side of Isaac Layne’s strike was enough to ensure a 2-1 victory for visitors Stenhousemuir but Dods believes his side can turn things around soon.

He said: “Second half we were the ones in the ascendancy and putting them under pressure and the way the game’s going you’re probably with it finishing a draw.

“Then they get in with one attempt at goal, it’s a soft free kick that took a couple of ricochets and the boy’s poked it home.

“In the second half we had them camped in for long spells and the attempts we had hit the bar and the post and we had one chalked off for offside so we should have been the ones scoring but they managed to get that one chance and score.

“Even first half I think they only got one attempt on goal but we limited them to a very small amount of chances.

“We had most of the chances; we’ve hit the bar, hit the post and on another day they could’ve gone in. If we keep playing like that eventually it’ll turn and we’ll keep going and we’ll get the goals.”

City take a break from league commitments this Saturday as they travel to Excelsior Stadium for their Scottish Cup Third Round tie with Airdrieonians.

Dods said: “It’s something different a cup game and the Scottish Cup is always something to look forward to at this time of the year.

“Airdrieonians, we’ve played them a few times so we know them well and we’ve been a bit unfortunate against them this season so it’ll be a good challenge. If the players show the same effort and commitment then we should definitely be in amongst it on Saturday.

“On Saturday Robert Thomson came on for the last 15 minutes so he should be fully fit for this weekend and Dean Shiels is still a couple of weeks away but he’s getting closer each time and we’ll soon have a fully fit squad which is even better.”