Manager taking one game at a time

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Brechin boss Jim Weir was in no mood to apologise for his side staging a smash-and-grab win over Albion Rovers, thanks to the Charlie King late show (writes Charles Wallace).

Jim said: “Teams have done that against us before. I am pleased with the way my three substitutes combined to get the goal.

“I have mixed feelings. We went a goal up, playing downhill and we should have done better.

“We are nervous because of the position we are in.

“I will need to look at their goal again and see whether the wall breaks or if Craig should have done a bit better.

“The goal gave them a lift and we rode our luck a bit with a couple of goalmouth scrambles, but that is the way it goes.

“I should be happy because we have picked up ground on some of the teams above us and got a bit away from teams below us.

“We need to build on this result and do a whole lot better next week, but that won’t be easy as East Fife got a great result in Saturday.”

The manager went on to say that sometimes a late substitution just catches defenders on the hop.

“It wasn’t just Charlie, McKenna did well and McManus worked his socks off.

“I said to each of my substitutes that I needed them to make an impact and they did that.

“People ask me why Charlie isn’t playing more. He had a bad injury earlier in the season and that sometimes leads to weaknesses elsewhere and niggling injuries.

“Charlie is getting a wee bit older as well, but hopefully between now and the end of the season he will get a run of games and goals. He always shows the right attitude when he goes on.”

Jim is unwilling to predict how many points his men need from the final seven games to make the play-offs, saying they will take one game at a time.

“I said we needed maximum points on Saturday and this Saturday to give ourselves a chance to nip fourth place and I am hopeful we can do it.

“This season has been a disappointment with where we are sitting and with the way we have played, but it doesn’t matter when you reach your peak.

“If we can find consistency in the last seven games, I have no doubt I have the players capable of taking us to the next level.

“No team has taken us apart, but we have lost some terrible goals.

“It is however a team game and the players and those in the dugout are all in it together.”

Jim took some stick from a few individuals when it looked as if his side were going to drop two points, but he issued a rallying cry to the City fans for the run-in.

“I hope the fans get behind the team at this important time of the season.”