1 November 2019
Brechin City v Edinburgh City - Match Preview
Following the Scottish Cup exit last weekend, attention now turns to league action as City look to bounce back against Edinburgh City at Glebe Park tomorrow afternoon.
With Dougie Hill recovering from a thigh problem, Manager Mark Wilson should have the luxury of a full squad to choose from for the match tomorrow. The only concern is over Jonathan Page who broke a bone in his hand last week but should be available for selection.
Mark Wilson said, "This is the first time I've had a full squad to choose from. It's a good headache to have as we don't have to piece together a formation or forced to play anyone out of position."
Mark Wilson was bitterly disappointed with his sides showing against Annan Athletic last weekend, he said, "I thought we were really poor on the day and I think all the players would agree with that. Collectively we just weren't at it. We decided to go with a similar shape to how we ended the game down in Annan but it just didn't work at all.
"In the first half Annan controlled most of the possession, particularly in midfield where they had greater numbers in there. We made a change at half time to match them up in that area and I thought it worked for 10 minutes or so but we slipped back into our ways.
"To be honest there wasn't much in the game but a poor mistake allowed them to take the lead and it was always going to be difficult to get back into it. We didn't create too much ourselves after that and to then concede a penalty was a disappointment. We didn't get carved open much but we certainly didn't deserve anything from the game.
"There was time-wasting but that's part of the game and if it was us and we were winning away from home, I wouldn't mind our players doing it. They had a strong physical squad with plenty of experienced players who know how to manage the game. I'm not worried as sometimes you get an off day where things just don't click and I still believe we've got good young players.
"Although it's disappointing not to get through to the next round of the Scottish Cup, we've had a good weeks training off the back of it and the boys have reacted well."
Moving on to the match against Edinburgh City tomorrow, Mark said, "It's going to be a tough game, there's no doubt about it. I was at Ainslie Park in midweek watching them against Stenhousemuir - they have a real threat going forward and plenty of experience in their back line. They've been playing well this season and it's up to us to make it hard for them.
"As I've said before we've got talented players and when they are on their game, they are a match for anybody in this league. We can't afford to sit in and hope that Edinburgh don't score as they are free scoring and have been for a couple of seasons now - we need to be positive and cause them some problems."
The match referee tomorrow is Lloyd Wilson who will be assisted by Stuart Stevenson and Robin Taylor.
Standard league admission prices apply for this fixture, they are as follows:
- Adults £13
- Concessions £9 (Under 18's, Over 65's and Students)
- Parent & Child £16
The City Club bar, situated within the David H Will Stand will be open to both sets of supporters from 1pm, subject of payment of gate entry. The bar will open again following the game until approximately 8pm. The bar will be showing live BT Sport coverage of the English Premier League clash between Bournemouth and Manchester United, as well as the Betfred Cup Semi Final between Hibernian and Celtic following the match.
The match tomorrow has been sponsored by Honorary Committee Member Ian Jardine, whilst the match ball has been sponsored by Ken & Marlene Magson. Thanks to all for your support.
Edinburgh City 2-1 Brechin City - 10th August 2019
A goal deep into stoppage time by substitute Scott Shepherd denied City what would have been a deserved share of the spoils at Ainslie Park back in August. An intricate finish by veteran striker Paul McManus had cancelled out Alex Harris' first half opener before City were dealt a cruel blow right at the death as they left the Capital with nothing to show for their efforts.