win we badly needed

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Brechin City skipper Craig Molloy admitted that his side’s 2-0 victory over Stranraer had given the team a massive boost.

“This was a match we really had to win,” he said.

“Before it we were two points behind but if Stranraer had managed to beat us that gap would have increased to five and we simply couldn’t allow that.

“Stranraer started the game well and put us under a fair degree of pressure but we got goals at exactly the right times.

“We’ve often been in the position where we’ve been playing ok and then we’ve lost sloppy goals which have put us on the back-foot so it was nice to see the roles reversed a bit today. Having said that, the boys at the back did really well and worked hard to make sure that Stranraer didn’t score.”

“But I’m under no illusion that we have to win more than our share of upcoming matches if we’re to steer out of trouble.”

“Ross Perry excepted, we’ve got players like Robert Thomson and Dene Shields coming back to full fitness and to have boys like that available again is a massive boost.

And speaking after the game manager Darren Dods was equally delighted.

He said: “Our objective was to put pressure on Stranraer right from the kick-off but for the first 15 minutes or so, things didn’t quite work for us but we then came into the game and a great strike from Dene Shields gave us the lead.

“We know that Dene has got that type of finishing in his locker but he’s been really unfortunate with injuries this season which have minimised his appearances. He showed today his threat in front of goal if given the chance.

“We followed that up with another great goal from Isaac Layne shortly afterwards and the icing on the cake would have been converting the penalty shortly before half-time.

“Although credit is due to Stranraer’s keeper for making a really good save that’s four or five penalties we’ve missed on the trot which is giving me grey hairs.

“We knew that Stranraer would come back at us in the second half but even when they had a lot of pressure we still had an opportunity to tie things up when the keeper brought off a great save from Andy Jackson.”

“I always felt that a third goal would kill them off but although it didn’t come, I have to compliment my goalkeeper and back-four who were excellent thoughout.”

“The whole team battled hard and competed well and although it was a heavy pitch the players got about really well and showed excellent energy levels.”

“We knew what we had to do today, we’ve achieved a good victory and I’ve no doubt that the players will take confidence from this result which takes us off the bottom of the table. We now have to continue to work really hard to make sure we stay off the bottom and try to move up the league.”

Next up for Brechin is a trip to title-chasing Ayr United on Boxing Day.