IT was another below-average performance by Brechin City on Saturday, the reds having to settle for a share of the spoils in a one-all draw at East Fife (writes Steve Rae).
Manager Jim Weir admitted to being a little disappointment to come away from the New Bayview with just the one point.
“Maybe it was a fair result but I thought we just finished on top, and were better in the second half.
“We’ve got to be disappointed again with the first-half performance, and our supporters are disappointed as well.
“I think one or two voiced their opinion at half-time, which they’re quite right to do.
“But, at the end of the day, we’re still working hard to try and make sure we get it right.
“It’s not been a great start [to the season] as you know, but if we want to feel sorry for ourselves, we’re in the wrong game.
“I had a word with the players at half-time on Saturday. I needed a reaction and certainly got that.
“I thought, in particular, Graham Weir gave us a real lift and I’m really pleased with other performances. Generally, we dug-deep, and got a point in the end which we deserved.”
When asked if he had expected to get the three points against the division’s bottom side, Weir said: “I spoke to East Fife manager John Robertson at length before the game and, in terms of how they’ve played, they felt really, really unlucky to be sitting on those amount of points.
“I can say the same of us. While we’ve not played particularly well for long spells in games, they’re games we could have easily have won.
“No doubt, we’ve got to start games better. At the minute we seem to be chasing the game.
“I would like to see us getting off to a good start, off on the front foot, to try and give us the confidence to control a game.”
Weir agreed that more attacking football was needed, saying: “We have been a bit fragile in the past. We have been losing goals, and maybe we’ve been a bit over-protective. We’re certainly losing out a wee bit in terms of causing teams problems and we need to get that wee bit of confidence.
“In the second half on Saturday the goal gave us that.
“It looks as though there’s a fear of losing in the team at the minute. We’ve got to think about trying to win games and having that enjoyment in our game.
“That’s what football’s about, enjoying it, and I know the supporters were a wee bit spoiled with the way the team was playing last year.
“Football’s about highs and lows. You’ve got to be able to handle the poorer performances and try and take some positives out of it, and look forward, and that’s what we’re trying to do for the game on Saturday, when Arbroath visit Glebe Park.
“It’s a local derby. We let ourselves down against Forfar two weeks ago, and as a player I know what derby games mean to supporters. We’ve got to make sure that we’re in the fight.
“I can take losing games; what I can’t accept is losing games having looked back and thought “we never really had a go.”
“You’re always better to have a go and see where it takes you.
“I felt that in the derby against Forfar we certainly didn’t do that in the first half, and yet we could have had a draw out of it, because we did create as many chances as them.
“People might say they had the lion’s share of the possession, but we hope to try and create enough chances on Saturday and retain enough of the ball to try and get the three points.”
The manager felt it was taking his much-changed side from last year a bit of time to get it together.
“We lost 11 players in the summer,” he pointed out. “We had to re-sign almost a whole new squad. It is taking time to gel and I’ve been critised for chopping and changing the team because we’ve not had any consistency.
“I think few could grumble that I haven’t given the players an opportunity. I’m 100 per cent behind the group of players I’ve got. They know what we’re hoping to achieve.
“My players will be disappointed as well that they’ve had a mediocre start, and it just takes one result to get a bit of confidence and breed that throughout the team and hopefully they can kick-on from there.”