Frustrated Brechin City boss Darren Dods is desperate for a chance to manage from the sidelines as his side remain without a point in the league.
Dods was set to do just that on Saturday but an injury to Ross Perry in the warm-up meant the gaffer had to throw his boots on at the last minute and play alongside Darren McCormack in the heart of defence.
McCormack was at fault for Stranraer’s only goal in the 1-0 defeat to the Blues but the manager refused to blast his defensive partner because it was the first mistake he’s made this season.
He said that those kind ofslips just cost teams dearly when things aren’t going their way.
However Dods was impressed with parts of Saturday’s performance and said he’s looking forward to going up against his former club Forfar Athletic in this weekend’s massive Angus Derby clash at Glebe Park.
Darren said: “First half we were evenly matched, we had a chance then they had a chance. Second half for the first 20 minutes we just weren’t that great. They scored during that spell. Darren McCormack’s made a wee mistake and the boy’s ran the ball in and scored.
“But Darren has been very good since I’ve come in, it’s his first mistake and we’ve been punished - that’s just how it’s going for us at the minute.
“We stalled for 10 minutes after that and Graeme Smith made some great saves to keep us in it. But we camped them into their box for the last 20 minutes and we really felt we might get something from the game.
“We had a few corners, Andy Jackson’s had a chance one-on-one, and we thought we could get a late goal. Gary Fusco doesn’t score many but he had to great strikes.
“Apart from the 20 minute spell at the start of the second half it’s the best we’ve played in a while, we were playing well and creating chances. We looked much more solid.
“Ross pulled up short in the warm-up. It’s disappointing again with the way it’s been going in the last few weeks, I wanted to leave myself out and manage from the sidelines. In my head I was focused on managing from the side but at the last minute Ross pulled up so it was boots on. He trained in the week and the physio said he’d be okay. It’s one of these things.
“If we could ideally we’d get a defender in on loan, we nearly got one in before the window shut but the manager decided he was needed at the club. It’d be good if we could get one in. Paul McLean could be in there too but he’s injured of course, so it’s just myself and Darren McCormack at the minute. I’m having to play but I’d prefer to take a step back to manage.
“The players are working hard and it was more good effort on Saturday. There was some individual errors and poor decision making but hopefully we can do well this weekend and get our first points.
An Angus Derby against Forfar will get everyone right up to play, we’re looking forward to that one. Going up against a few old teammates and the old manager will be good. It’ll be a good game.”