Dods thrilled with first derby win as gaffer hails impact of loanee Isaac

Photo - Chris Coutts
Photo - Chris Coutts

Darren Dods said the addition of Isaac Layne is already proving dividends as the Alloa Athletic loanee assisted the winning goal in Saturday's derby win over Forfar Athletic.

Layne played a tidy ball through for Andy Jackson to smash past Rab Douglas and the 20-year-old was a real threat for City all afternoon, with his blend of power and pace bothering even a solid centre half pairing like Kevin Nicoll and Tam O'Brien.

The young Wasp provides some much-needed sting up front for Brechin with chances tending to be in short supply for a side that have lost Dene Shields and Robert Thompson to injury recently.

Dods said: "“We made it difficult for them coming forward and with Isaac coming in with his power and pace he caused them a lot of problems at centre half.

"He’s got a lot of pace and power for this league so I just have to say thanks to Alloa for giving him to us on loan.

“He’s here until January. With Dene Shields being out for six weeks it gives us another option up there, it makes a big difference.

“It helps Andy Jackson as you saw for his goal, it’s great from Isaac then Jackson scores. If he gets the chances Andy Jackson will score."

Dods also had praise for his defence as the manager elected to use - and play in - a back five that was key in nullifying Forfar's offensive ability.

He said: “We defended well which was important because in previous games we’ve lost cheap goals.

"We’ve battled well then lost cheap goals. We haven’t shown that intensity and tempo in our previous two games."

The victory closes the gap at the bottom of the League One table to just two points and Dods says his side have the teams above them in their sights.

He continued: “I think it’s all to play for. We just keep looking up and try to take points wherever we can to put pressure on the teams above us.

“It’ll be good for confidence this win, two defeats in a row you worry the heads might drop but we showed here we can create a lot of chances if we work together.”