Gaffer Dods says Brechin need to stop leaking early goals

Photo - Derek Watt.
Photo - Derek Watt.

Darren Dods was left bemoaning the concession of more early goals as his side went down 3-1 to Albion Rovers on Saturday.

The Brechin City boss said the team keeps shooting themselves in the foot with conceding early in games and giving themselves a mountain to climb.

He added that that’s tough at the best of times, let alone when the players are as low on confidence as the current City crop are following their fourth league defeat in a row.

Darren said: “It’s disappointing again. We half-cleared a corner and they scored. We got ourselves back in with a penalty. Then they’ve broken after we gave it away and Tiffoney dived in when he shouldn’t have, but these things go against you when you’re down.

“We did well second half and like the Airdrie game we had them camped in.

“We’re losing early goals and we’re not giving ourselves a chance from the start. I’ve been in teams before when you’re losing early goals all the time and your confidence is so low. When you’re down there everything goes against you but you have to keep working hard and it will change.

“Once you get a goal or two it’s very hard for another team to come back from in this league. If a team scores first they can sit back and it’s very tough. We’ve had that in every game. You look at the number of games in this league won by the team who scores first, I think it’s about 70 per cent or more. It’s vital to get that first goal.”

Dods was pleased with the performance of his latest signing Willie Dyer, saying the experienced left back will only get better.

Next up for Brechin is a trip to Stranraer and Darren hopes to see the right fighting spirit as Brechin try to secure their first points of the season.

He said: “Willie Dyer did well in his first game, he’ll do well in the team. He’ll get better as the games go on and it’s good to have him on board.

“It’s a very tough one down there but we need to try and get something down there. It’s an opportunity to pick some points up with some fighting spirit, but we know how hard it is down there.

“Graeme Smith will be back after his suspension and hopefully Ross Perry and David Weatherston will be there. Dene Shields is maybe two weeks and Paul McLean is four or five weeks.”