Consistency vital

Brechin earned a point away to Angus rivals Arbroath on Saturday, in a one-all draw (writes Steven Rae).

The draw leaves Brechin third bottom, with 14 points from 14 games, with the bottom two sides, Forfar and Stirling Albion, both having a game in hand.

In the end it seemed to be a fair result for City, who were a goal down and looking to be heading for defeat until the final minute of the game, when David McKenna knocked in the equaliser.

Manager Jim Weir was pleased in the end to get something from the game, saying: “I think overall, when you’re in a game and you’re going into injury time a goal down, you’re pleased to take something out of it, especially a derby.

“Over the piece we should have taken our chances early doors and, in the first 20 to 25 minutes, we could’ve taken the game out and won the game.

“I thought we defended reasonably well, limited them to a few chances and the keeper had one good save to make in the first half.

“But I’m pleased with the commitment and pleased overall with the performance.

“It was difficult conditions with the wind, but I thought our players showed a wee bit of character.

“When we went a goal down Arbroath had a ten-minute spell when they raised their game and then our substitutions seemed to bring us back into the game, so I’m pleased with the impact they made.”

Weir also gave an update on defender Gerry McLauchlan, a first team regular last season, currently out injured.

“Gerry is back training,” he commented. “He’s trained the last couple of sessions. We’re unable to put a date on it, but I think we’d be looking at somewhere around the end of the month for him to be fit again.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s match, Weir was in no doubt that points are what are important in the forthcoming fixtures, saying: “It’s important we get victories, there’s no doubt, and that’s obviously what we’re looking to do against Stirling Albion on Saturday.

“Although we were happy in the end to get a point against Arbroath, you’re obviously still better winning the game.

“We’ve got to start improving our home form, that’s when you really get your supporters behind you.

“They’ve been critical lately, and rightly so. I recognise that there’s a bit of unhappiness there.

“We’re working hard to put things right and if we cut out the individual errors as we did on Saturday then we’ve got the platform to start winning games, especially games at home.”