Play-offs: “It’s all still to play for” says Ray

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Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon has said that it’s “still all to play for” ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final second leg.

Brechin City suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Alloa Athletic on Wednesday, May 6. They will face allow in the second leg this Saturday (May 9).

Speaking after the defeat, McKinnon said: “We played so well this year, and tonight we never turned up. Some of our best players were very poor tonight. I can’t criticise them too much with their performance over the season, but they never turned up on the big stage and it cost us. To lose two goals from set pieces is disappointing.”

However, the City boss is hoping to draw on previous experience to overturn the result. He commented: “We were two nothing down the last time we played them and went down and beat them. If I can get the players back playing they way can play them, then we are a threat. We are going to go down there and try to win the game. It’s still all to play for.”

McKinnon’s side have performed well away from home this season, and he is hoping this form can bolster confidence. He added: “Our record away from home this season is outstanding. We’ve been to every team in our league and beat them - Morton, Dunfermline, Forfar - so it might just suit us down there. If we get everyone firing, we will see what happens. We really need to make sure we get at them on Saturday and try and win the game.”

Meanwhile Alloa boss Danny Lennon admitted that there’s still along way to go. He said: “It’s only half time. There is still along way to go. I thought the boys applied themselves very, very well. I can’t stress enough its only half-time. We’ve given ourselves a good starter for Saturday.

“We certainly faced a team tonight in Brechin that can cause teams problems. We handled that tonight but we’ve got to be aware of where their threats come from.”