Brechin City have to put together a winning run if they are to grasp what looks to be unlikely League One survival this season.
That was the message from manager Darren Dods after the side lost 4-1 twice in as many games last week; first at the hands of Albion Rovers in mid-week before suffering a battering at Balmoor from high-flying Peterhead.
Dods was left lamenting more basic mistakes that cost the team goals in Saturday’s clash with the Blue Toon, adding that they couldn’t afford to be so lax at the back with someone as talented as Rory McAllister - who grabbed a hat-trick - on the park.
And the boss said his side’s survival can only be down to themselves now, because they can’t rely on teams above them to lose - with everyone above them picking up points regularly.
He said: “In the first half we were behind with Peterhead scoring from the two chances they had.
“Rory is clinical if you give him a sniff at goal.
“We got ourselves back into the game in the second half then we had chances to equalise but we then gave away another two goal with basic mistakes.
“The first there was no cover on the header and Rory gets his hat-trick. The fourth we lose possession in midfield with a poor pass and are left wide open.
“If you give away cheap goals at the back you are never going to win.
“There’s 10 games to go and Forfar eventually won in mid-week but we can’t go on relying on other teams to keep losing. We have to get points and that is the be all and end all.
“Teams tend to go on winning runs but we have never managed that and we need to start doing that soon “