BRECHIN City manager Jim Weir reckons his side need to win seven of their remaining ten home league games to have a chance of beating league leaders Livingston to the title (writes Steve Mitchell).
The City gaffer also feels his side have to pick up points and, more importantly, wins on the road if they are to challenge for the league flag to the death.
With ten of his side’e remaining 15 fixtures at Glebe Park, the exact opposite record that third place Ayr have, Weir is optimistic that his side can bounce back through hard graft, from the poor display at Ayr on Saturday.
“Saturday was as flat as we have been all season,” he said.
“I would struggle to give any pass marks to anyone. I thought we were poor in midfield, poor in the forward areas and lack of communication at the back let us down a couple of times for the two Ayr goals.
“The loss of Gary Fusco certainly had an effect on us.
“However, that’s no excuse; there were far too many players simply not performing and that isn’t acceptable.
“You only have to look at Livingston, who have won seven out of the last eight.
“We haven’t had a run like that this season and it’s one like that we need if we are to be serious title contenders.
“All too often our decent results have mingled in with too many draws.
“Teams that win leagues put winning runs together. While we have ten out of 15 games at home and Ayr have ten out of 15 away, that’s no guarantee of points.
“We have to work harder and have to ensure we get back to playing in a manner we are capable of as soon as possible.
“At no time did I feel Ayr were streets ahead of us on Saturday, we simply under performed all over the park.
“That said, we still have had two or three great chances, through McAllister, McKenna and Molloy.
“The service to the strikers wasn’t nearly good enough and, while we can be critical of our front players in the number of goals they have scored recently, they can only work on the service that is provided for them.
“Jordan Kirkpatrick was one of few positives for us. He was direct and got past defenders when he came on and we hadn’t seen anyone do that prior to his arrival.”
Despite a sickening head knock, Weir was hopeful that midfielder Gary Fusco was going to be fit for the visit of Dumbarton to Glebe Park on Tuesday evening (last night).
Speaking ahead of the game, Weir added: “They are a side very much on the up and we will have to be at our best against them.
“They lost at Forfar on Saturday, but they had been on a tremendous run prior to that and we know we will be in a game against them on Tuesday evening.”
Weir’s side follow up the visit of Dumbarton with a home game against Stenhousemuir at Glebe Park on Saturday.
Under the guidance now of Davie Irons, the Warriors are another team to take increased confidence from their recent performances.
City midfield man, Craig Molloy, sits this one out, serving a one-match ban.
Saturday’s visit of Stenhousemuir is followed up with a midweek ‘derby’ trip to Forfar’s Station Park.
The Loons, who are also looking to cement their play-off credentials, have yet to lose to City this season. both previous encounters ending in draws.