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JIM Weir’s anger at the match officials in Saturday’s home match with East Fife was clearly evident.

However, the Brechin manager focused on what his team have to put right, rather than anything that is beyond their control.

“We are disappointed to lose in the manner we did,” said Weir.

“I actually thought we had the better of the first half and certainly the better chances, we just never got the breaks.

“We had some good delivery from Neil Janczyk. However, we lost a poor goal, although everyone in the ground apart from those who matter most could see there was a clear hand ball in the lead up to it.

“I will perhaps have more to say on the second goal once I have had a look at the footage we have shot of every game here.

“The one thing I am certain about, however, is that, as he was only a few yards away from me in the dug-out, the assistant referee wasn’t in a position to say whether or not the ball had crossed the line.

“If that isn’t bad enough, the players tell me that the one at the other end when the ball comes off the bar was well over the line.

“I was disappointed with the goals we lost because I thought for the first time we actually looked tired.

“Perhaps the number of games we have had recently are starting to take their toll.

I am also disappointed with one or two players in their preparation and I have let them know that. If they think the season is just going to be allowed to peter out, they have to think again.

We still have a big bit of work to do to get into these play-offs and to finish as high up the division as possible.”

Despite his disappointment, Weir was prepared to give his side due credit for what they have achieved.

“This is the first time this season that we have lost two on the trot,” he added.

“Ayr have got a good result on Saturday and obviously on the horizon for us is the number of players we have suspended.

“As for Molloy’s sending off, if that is a yellow card, it’s just as well I have stopped playing.

“The same referee sent off one of our players in a cup-tie in dubious circumstances earlier in the season, so perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised as how things have gone on that score.

“I actually think that, at times this season, we have played worse than we did on Saturday afternoon and won games.

“We had numerous chances which on another day will go in, but we will lick our wounds and get on for it.”

At the time of going to press on Tuesday (yesterday), City were preparing to host Ayr United, with Molloy suspended.

On Saturday at Peterhead, City will be decimated by the loss of Rory McAllister (pictured left) and David McKenna, both through suspension. While McAllister will be joined thereafter by Ewan Moyes who misses the visits of East Fife and Forfar.

Moyes misses two games, McAllister three games and McKenna one.

The City manager is hopeful that some of those who have been on the fringes will stake a claim in the coming weeks to help his side into the play-offs and to help their own chances, not only of taking part in those play off games, but earning new contracts into the bargain.