Manager looking for consistency

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Following the poor performance on Saturday against Forfar, Brechin City manager Jim Weir spoke to The Brechiner about the game, and how the season was going so far.

“I think Saturday was a major disappointment, especially the way we played in the first half,” said Weir. “I think that was the worst half I’ve experienced as Brechin manager. That sort of set the tone and I just felt we allowed Forfar too much respect. There was maybe one real, obvious chance for both teams in the first half.

“We didn’t allow them too many opportunities, but in terms of possession we certainly didn’t apply the same type of pressure as they applied to us and that was the disappointing thing for us.

“It just felt as if it was a poor, poor game, from both teams, and in particular from us. And it’s obviously disappointing to finish the game with nine men.”

Mentioning current form compared to last season’s performances, Weir said: “Expectations this year are relatively high after last year’s successes; we were ten minutes away from promotion, had our best cup-run ever, and I’ve been very busy over the summer bringing in quality players.

“For the first time on Saturday I had everyone available.

“Hindsight is a great thing but unfortunately the team did not perform the way we’d hoped in either half of the game.

“We haven’t hit anywhere near form at all yet. We’ve showed signs in parts of games, and that’s the frustrating thing for me; that I know I’ve got a good group of players - probably as good as anyone in the league - but at this moment in time we just don’t seem to be producing it on a Saturday. “I’m very happy with the way we train.

“I make the players work really hard, but so far we’ve not seen the benefits of that. But obviously I wouldn’t be pressing any panic buttons this early in the season, but it is a cause for concern the way we are playing at the moment.”

When asked if one area in particular was a cause for concern, Weir said: “I would say at this moment in all three departments; defensively, in the middle of the park and up-front, we’ve not quite gelled yet.

“None of our best players from last year are at top-form, we just look a wee bit quiet, there’s nobody driving us forward on the park at the minute.

“We look as though we are expecting to win games, but when it doesn’t go our way we just seem to run out of ideas.”

This Saturday sees Weir’s men make the journey to Methil to take on John Robertson’s East Fife, languishing at the bottom of the table at the moment, with four losses and only one win from their first five games, including a six-nil thrashing at home to Dumbarton.

When quizzed as to whether he thought a team rethink was needed for the match, Weir said: “I don’t really like making too many changes.

“A lot of people keep saying to chop-and-change the team because we haven’t been playing well.

“You’re trying to find that formation, you’ve got guys who feel as though they deserve a chance, and if you give them an opportunity it’s up to them to take it.

“But so far there’s nobody posed me a real question to say they should be in the starting line-up. At the minute it’s about still trying to find a bit of consistency in terms of individual performances and when we get that, then we’ll start to see consistency in results.”