BRECHIN City gave it their all - and were only just edged out of the Scottish Cup at the hands of premier league St. Johnstone on Saturday.
It was a solid display, the reds bouncing back from the loss of an early goal to level before the break and eventually only losing out to a strike by Saints goal-scoring machine Fran Sandaza,
City manager Jim Weir praised the work-rate of his players.
“St Johnstone have been in great form recently,” he commented. “We’ve been on a decent run ourselves, and losing the first goal could have set us back.
“However, we responded well and we had a wee chance just before McManus’s goal.
“I was disappointed with the goal we lost just after half-time.
“It wasn’t the greatest cross and I felt we should have dealt with it better.
“Sometimes that’s the difference when you play better quality teams from a higher division. Their reaction is quicker and so it proved on Saturday. All in all I’m very pleased for the players who worked their socks off. They frustrated St Johnstone for long periods of the match but in the end their quality shone through.”
St. Johnstone manager Steve Lomas added: “We got off to a good start but then took our foot off the pedal a bit and allowed Brechin to come back into the game.
“From our point of view, Brechin’s goal was a bad one to concede because it gave them a lift and allowed them to get back into the game.
“All credit to Brechin though. They came and had a go and tried to get the ball forward and we were delighted to hear the final whistle.
“I thought that Brechin were fantastic. They’re a credit to their league and to their manager.”
Now that the team’s cup run is but history, Brechin City will be keen to return to the winning form that has seen them surge up the Scottish second division of late. Next up for the Reds is a trip to Strathclyde Homes Stadium to take on Dumbarton this coming Saturday.
The next home outings sees Stenhousemuir at the Glebe on Saturday, January 21, followed by a home derby against second top Arbroath on Saturday, January 28.
The picture above shows Paul McManus about to celebrate with team-mates following his equalising goal at MacDiarmid Stadium on Saturday.