Brechin must believe!

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Jim Weir said that he still believes his side can progress further in the Carling Scottish Cup.

The secret is the talented group of Brechin City players believing it themselves.

A clearly delighted Brechin manager praised his players for their up and at them approach in the most testing of conditions on Saturday.

He said: “The conditions were always going to make it a good cup-tie. I thought that was a leveller for both teams.

“It was a great game for supporters. I thought St Johnstone brought a terrific support and they got behind heir team even when they were behind.

“They made a positive change at half-time which you have to give Derek (McInnes) credit for and they got a lift from levelling the the score.

“When we went two-one behind I thought at that stage of the game we were unfortunate.

“However, once again the players rolled their sleeves up and kept believing and kept working and it was a great finish from Rory. So we are delighted to be still in the cup.

“I felt a draw was the very least we deserved from the game and in the first half especially we had a lot of the play.

“Although they hit the bar through Liam Craig, who is an excellent footballer, Kevin Byers should have done better when he was put in at the other end with his shot that came back off the post.

“Perhaps, at times, we picked the wrong pass or made the wrong decision.

“However, we have to put this in perspective. St Johnstone are a good side with good defenders and I thought Rory played well against them. I thought both my two strikers worked their socks off.

“We knew we would have to defend for our lives at times and we got a wee break when the young lad Reynolds missed a chance at the end.

However, I thought overall it was no more than we deserved.”

The manager admitted to having worries about the game going ahead due to the weather.

“People were telling me they had about 60 people up here clearing the snow. Before the kick-off I even picked up a few blisters myself trying to fork the pitch, but it was certainly worth it in the end.

“But what a great cup tie. And what a great support we at Brechin. It had the old fashioned romance of the cup.”

As one reporter put it ‘It made a mockery of the decision not to televise the game’, didn’t it?

Weir replied: “I found that a strange decision and I think they certainly will be regretting it now.

“If you wanted the real romance of the cup then we are really the only team left that can provide that.

“We are in the quarter-finals for the first time in our history, the first time in 105 years. It was a local derby, there was Kevin and my own connections and numerous players who have played for both clubs. It was just a strange decision and hopefully we have justified the reason it should have been on TV in the first place.

“I thought the referee handled the game really, really well. It took a brave decision to play the game in the first place.

“He refereed the game fairly evenly and, although I thought we should have had a second spot-kick, I can’t grumble about the referee, because I thought all of the officials performed well.

“Craig Molloy doesn’t usually take penalty kicks and I was a bit surprised when he went up to take it.

“I didn’t see what the retake was for, but when Rory stepped up to take it I thought he had missed his last one, so I was a wee bit nervous. And I was just glad to see it hit the back of the net.”

So its off to Perth on the evening of Tuesday, March 22, for a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay.

“However, before more excitement in the cup, City have important league games to face. At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday) the midweek home match with East Fife was looking doubtful, while, on Saturday the Reds are off to the ‘Wee County’ to take on Alloa Athletic on their quality all-weather surface.

“We now look forward to a difficult replay at MacDiarmid Park. But credit to both sets of players, for trying to play any sort of football in the conditions they were faced with,” concluded the City manager.