Dunfermline 3-1 Brechin

Darren Dods

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Darren Dods was able to see the positives despite Brechin’s 3-1 loss at Dunfermline.

The Pars have been trampling over teams this term, but came up against a well drilled visiting side they found tough to break down.

Undoubtedly Dunfermline had the vast majority of possession, but Dods’ side can take heart for the way they were able to soak it up and really make the home team work for the win which saw them hit the top of the table.

Goals from Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Michael Paton and David Hopkirk gave the hosts the three points despite an Issac Layne counter.

Dods said: “We lost a third goal just after scoring and if we’d managed to keep that at 2-1 for another ten minutes we could have got something.

“The players have a great spirit and we’re still battling away.

“They stuck to their task when they could have crumbled at 2-0 down.”

Dunfermline had largely been frustrated during the opening exchanges with Joe Cardle and El Bakhtaoui both out of luck.

But they grabbed a deserved opener when El Bakhtaoui managed to work space for himself inside the box before firing past Graeme Smith.

It looked to be a case of ‘how many’ when Paton deflected Shaun Byrne’s strike home to make it 2-0.

But to their credit Brechin regrouped and again set out to make things difficult for the Fifers.

Andy Jackson had gone close for the visitors before they did manage to haul a goal back.

Sean Murdoch blocked a Dods drive from eight yards but the rebound broke kindly for Layne who made no mistake from close range.

Any hopes Brechin had of getting themselves level were dashed when sub Hopkirk lashed home from outside the box to make it 3-1.