City still not hitting top form

Jim Lister - red carded on Saturday and will miss two games.
Jim Lister - red carded on Saturday and will miss two games.

Brechin City suffered more disappointment at the weekend, losing one-nil to Stirling Albion away from home.

That result leaves City with three losses and one draw from their last four games, and sitting on eight points from eight games, 11 points behind league-leaders Arbroath.

It was a poor first-half performance from Brechin, with the home side having more attacking play.

Albion had the best of the chances, including a shot which hit the underside of the crossbar, before Darren Smith broke the deadlock in the 19th minute.

Brechin’s problems were increased when Jim Lister was given a straight red card for lashing out with his boot in the 29th minute.

Brechin battled on with ten men and showed an improvement in the second half, with Weir, substitute Charlie King and McManus all having chances, but failed to beat the goalkeeper.

The Reds now have a two week break from competition due to international fixtures.

Jim Weir spoke to the Brechiner about Saturday’s game, and his plans for the two week break, before facing Airdrie on October 15.

“We were disappointing for the first half hour on Saturday,” he commented. “We never really came out of the traps at all.

“If we’re going to get anything out of games that’s got to change.”

When asked if he thought the main problem this season was slow starts to games he said:

“The slow starts aren’t helping, but we can look for as many excuses as we want.

“The honest thing is we’re eight games into the season, and in those games I wouldn’t say we’ve played an outstanding team.

“At times we’ve not played well. We’ve created as many chances as other teams, but we’re just not converting them.”

Despite the result, Weir said that he could take positives from the game, in particular managing to improve their performance despite being a goal and a man down, but admitted the result is what matters.

“The negatives are obviously the result, which is the most important thing.

“We’ve lost four games which, for me, could easily have went either way, and we’ve got to start being more mentally tough”, he said.

Regarding Jim Lister’s sending off, he said: “The red card obviously didn’t help on Saturday, Jim Lister will be disciplined for that.

“He’s let himself down, his team-mates down and the club and supporters down.

“He has to put his hands up and accept it, it was clearly violent conduct.

“I’m not defending Jim, but he’s the type of guy who’ll give you everything he’s got, and when we’re in a battle he’s the type of player I would take into battle with me.

“Unfortunately, on Saturday, he let himself down and I’m hoping that he’ll learn from that.

“That’s him out for two games, and we’re short of bodies as it is with injuries.”

Discussing the plans for the two week break, Weir said: “We’ll have a bounce game on Tuesday (last night), training on Thursday, and another bounce game next week, so we go into the Airdrie game having some more matches under our belt, and try and rectify where we’ve gone wrong.

“I’m as disappointed as supporters are with the start to the season.

“There’s no doubt that the players we’ve brought in have yet to find their form. We’re needing more goals, and we’re certainly needing more clean sheets.

“There’s a long way to go and things can change fairly quickly. We have to get a result under our belt and take it from there.

“But first and foremost we need three points against Airdrie a week on Saturday.

“The two-week break will hopefully allow us to get Molloy back and get a bit of confidence back into the team. He was a big player for us last season.

“We all take the responsibility, no more so than me. After a fantastic season last season we’re off to a slow start this year.

“There’s a bit of restlessness around as you expect but we’re remaining positive that we’ve got enough quality players in the squad to try and resolve our current poor form.”

Weir also discussed the possibility of bringing someone in to help with his injury worries, saying:

“The transfer window is a bit far away, but we might be trying to look at something over the next couple of weeks in terms of the squad.

“We’ll look to try and add to the squad if we can, to see us through to the transfer window and give us a bit of time with the injuries to McLaughlan and Carcary.”