Up for the cup

Jim Lister's header loops into the top corner for a consolation Brechin goal. (Picture by Derek Watt, Brechin).

Jim Lister's header loops into the top corner for a consolation Brechin goal. (Picture by Derek Watt, Brechin).

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CURRENTLY finding the going tough in the Scottish second division, Brechin City can concentrate on trying to make Scottish Cup progress this coming Saturday (writes Alan Ducat).

Standing in the way of a place in the hat for the fourth round draw are Dumbarton, who are visitors to the Glebe.

The Sons will be no pushovers, even though, like Brechin, they are blowing hot and cold this campaign.

Dumbarton currently sit in fourth place in the Scottish second division, three points ahead of Brechin City.

And, the reds will have to do better defensively than they did on Saturday past, if they are to make cup progress. While Brechin had as much of the possession against Albion Rovers, they lost some bad goals, something manager Jim Weir acknowledged.

Speaking minutes after the four-one reverse, Jim described it as “terrible result.”

“To lose four-one at home is not acceptable, and that’s not being disrespectful to Albion Rovers, who are on a fantastic run.

“I’ll take the blame all day long. I sign the players, I pick the team and, at the end of the day, we are under-performing.”

Weir was particularly disappointed in the manner the second and third goals were conceded.

“We had as many chances as Albion Rovers in the game, perhaps more clear-cut chances, but are lacking a wee bit of responsibility in the last third.

“We are struggling to score and when that happens there is always the danger of losing something at the other end, but what can a manager do when you lose the type of goals like the second and third for Albion?

“We were still in the game at that point, so it is obviously very disappointing.

“Now I have to look at what I have got and try and get it right for this coming Saturday.”

Following the Scottish Cup tie at home to Dumbarton on Saturday, the league action will continue at the Glebe on Saturday, November 26 when East Fife are visitors.

Then, on Saturday, December 3, City make the short journey to Arbroath for the latest derby instalment.