Weir’s concern at number of goals being conceded

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Brechin manager Jim Weir is giving some thought to his defence, following the concession of three goals at home to Dumbarton on Saturday (writes Steve Rae).

“At this moment in time we’re not defending well,” commented the manager on Monday, in the wake of a three-all home draw against the team currently bottom of the table.

“With regard to our defence, I need to look at personnel, whether it’s within the current squad, or whether I have to look elsewhere.

“But, at this moment in time, the four who have started the majority of games this season is not the combination that is working.

“We’ve lost too many goals through simple poor clearances, bad decision-making or not covering up properly, so I’ve got to find the combination, whether it be within the squad I’ve got, or whether I try to add to the squad.

“I think I’ve given that back four enough time. We’re three league games and two cup ties in and we’ve lost 12 goals. That’s not acceptable.”

Reflecting over Saturday’s game, in which Brechin came from two goals down to take the lead, only to lose a third goal right at the death, Weir added: “If anything I was pleased with the reaction I got at half-time.

“If we’d have won the game three-two it would only have papered over the cracks, as regards the goals we’re losing at the minute.

“Competing at this level is going to be very difficult if we’re losing an average of two goals a game.”

Brechin City continue their campaign with a trip to Albion Rovers this Saturday, and then, prior to the first derby match of the season at home to Forfar Athletic on September 10, there will be a home friendly against Dundee on Thursday, September 1.

“Albion Rovers have shown this season that, while they may not be the league favourites, they’re far from pushovers.

“They’ve got a young, hard-working side, they can get results.

“They’ve won at home, and Cliftonhill never an easy place to go and get any points.

“We have to focus, and go in there with the attitude that we can win the game on Saturday.”