Manager focusing on the positives

Man of the Match David Crawford evades the challenge from Keiran McAnespie
Man of the Match David Crawford evades the challenge from Keiran McAnespie

Following the loss against league leaders Arbroath on Saturday Jim Weir spoke to The Brechiner about some of the positives he could take from the game (writes Steven Rae).

“Obviously I’m really disappointed to lose Saturday’s game,” he commented on Monday.

“I thought we played reasonably well, created a number of clear-cut chances, but just didn’t manage to convert them and paid the price.

“Some slack defending again cost us, as well as some individual stuff from Swankie, but I think anybody who was at Glebe Park would be honest enough to admit that the result was cruel on us.”

Regarding the two penalties that were given just four minutes apart, Weir commented: “I’ve had a look at them, I think they’re both fouls, but I certainly think their one was outside the box.

“Whether they’re soft fouls or not, maybe it was just that our one was a case of evening things up.

“But that wasn’t the worry, the disappointing thing is we’ve lost three goals to a team that’s maybe only created a handful of chances.”

Saturday’s performance earned on-loan David Crawford man-of-the-match, with Weir saying: “He’s here to get games and he’s here to learn his trade.

“David’s got a bit to learn I think, in terms of his final cross. I thought the first half in particular he caused Arbroath a lot of problems but we just didn’t do enough on the end of things.”

Discussing the upcoming tie away to Stirling Albion on Saturday, Weir remained optimistic.

“I’m still disappointed we’ve lost Saturday’s game, and it takes time to reflect.

“After the game I was still reasonably happy with the performance, and I’ve got to try and focus on the positives, like the fact that we did perform better.

“But we still lost the game and we’re in a results-based business.

“If we got the result we would take that confidence going into Saturday against Stirling.

“There’s no doubt that our confidence will be dented having lost the game, but we’ve got to try and make sure that in the two training sessions between now and Saturday we get the players up for it again, and we’ve got to get some wins on the board fairly soon.

“If you don’t win a game you just put pressure on yourself for the next game, whether it be me as the manager or them as players in terms of performance.

“For the Stirling game we’ve got to try and take lots of things we did in the game against Arbroath, and hopefully convert our chances and defend better.”