James Dale says Brechin City need to get points on the board as soon as possible because they’re already fighting relegation to League Two.
The midfielder made his first start in a few weeks against his old club Forfar Athletic as the Loons ran out 2-0 winners, seeing off City’s excellent start to the game.
Dale believes that Brechin have to get going immediately if they’re to enjoy different fortunes to last year’s basement club Stirling Albion, who often dominated games and still ended up losing heavily.
James said: “We need to get points on the board as soon as possible because we’re already fighting relegation. I think the first half summed us up at the moment, and I think that was our best performance of the season.
“We dominated the first half and didn’t expect them to go and win 2-0. It’s a typical Forfar goal for the first, they sit in and break so quickly. That’s why they’re top of the league.
“Look at the goals we’ve lost. The first is a header from Derek Young which we’re not expecting. The second someone is at the back post playing Omar on.
“We’ve got boys to come in like Paul and we need to sort it. McLean coming back was a big lift. We’re going to be strong in defence with McLean coming back and Bates coming in.
“The passion and effort is all there. If we perform like that half an hour for a full game, we’ll win games.”
The hosts had all of the ball in the opening 30 minutes and should have been ahead, but the Loons were just resolute in defence.
James believes that Brechin will rarely play sides that are as good defensively as Forfar, and says other opponents will crumble under the type of pressure Brechin exerted in the opening 30 minutes.
He said: “That’s Forfar, they’re so well organised and drilled - they’re absolutely solid. But most other teams will cave under our pressure.
“It’s just luck, confidence and graft we need. The effort is all there. We had a few chances to nick a goal but this league, it’s the first goal that tends to win.
“We don’t want to be Stirling from last year, dominating games and not winning.”