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Brechin had to settle for a point at home against ten-man Airdrie at the weekend (writes Steven Rae).

Manager Jim Weir feels that City could take some positives from the game, but ultimately should have won against ten men.

“I think there were certainly signs of improvement, but we’re disappointed we didn’t manage to take all three points in a game at home against a team that was down to ten men for over an hour”, said Weir.

“We had missed some real, guilt-edged chances early-doors, and in the second-half, David Crawford’s chance, in particular, to kill off the game and give us the lift.

“There were some aspects I was happy about but overall we can’t be pleased with taking a point away from a game at home against ten men.”

The positives Weir mentioned were the team’s defending, with regular centre back McLauchlan out long-term through injury.

Weir commented: “I thought we defended better on Saturday, but we were playing against ten men, with them having one up front for the majority of the game.

“Up until about five minutes from the end, when we pushed for the winner, I thought we gave away too many needless free-kicks.”

Weir was also unimpressed with the goal Brechin lost, saying the side had three opportunities to clear their lines

“The goal should have been prevented. We should have stopped the cross, stopped the first header. We had a good chance to clear the danger, and Nelson will be disappointed with his attempt to keep the ball out of the net.

“With regard to the refereeing, I don’t think we got any more than Airdrie.

“I’ve spoken to someone at Airdrie who has the footage, and they’ve admitted it’s a clear red-card. It’s amazing what getting a second look at something can do to change your opinion on something.

“But it didn’t help us, because the referee pulled [the game] back, when Charlie King looked like he was going to go on and score. I think the ref could have allowed play to continue, let the move finish itself, then make the decision.”

Discussing King, one of Glebe Park’s longest-serving players, Weir said: “It was a boost for Charlie King starting the game, and taking the goal too.

“Hopefully he can take the confidence from that. I thought he did a lot better in the second half and looked a bit lively. I just thought he looked a wee bit tired towards the end of the game and that’s why we made the change.

“Hopefully he can get more 90 minutes under his belt.”

Regarding Airdrie having the goal in the back of the net, with less than five minutes of the game to play, Weir said:

“The goal they had chopped off at the end, I dunno if it was a free-kick or a foul or an offside. But, at the end of the day, for me it is a let-off. Nelson’s an experienced goalkeeper, and I think he would have been disappointed if we lost a goal from that.”

Weir was also adamant that no player was particularly praise-worthy based on Saturday’s performance, saying: “I don’t think Saturday’s game was one where you single out any particular player’s performance, I don’t want to do that.

“ I think we’re still well below-par. We’re not creating as many chances as we did in the early part of the season, and we’re certainly not scoring enough goals.

“We’ve got to try and reach our strikers, who have got to take the pressure off the defence and score some goals. Failing that, we’ll need to freshen things up.

“If that was the case we’d be looking to move someone out and bring someone in, which we will have a think about over the next few games.”

Finally, looking forward to City’s away fixture to Stenhousemuir, on Saturday, Weir said: “We beat Stenny in the first game of the season and I even knew then they were going to be a good side.

“They have rattled off three wins in a row, and it’s amazing what that can do to your league position.

“We need to start to get a wee bit of momentum, and Stenhousemuir can hopefully be the place to kick-start it.”