Following a free weekend, City are back in action tomorrow evening with another crucial league fixture against Stenhousemuir at Glebe Park.
The Warriors head into the game off the back of a 4-0 Scottish Cup defeat against Premiership side Kilmarnock at Ochilview. Davie Irons' side currently sit in 6th place and look increasingly unlikely to be involved in either the promotion playoffs or a battle at the wrong end of the table.
City meanwhile will be looking to pick themselves up from a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Elgin City last Tuesday, despite having gone in ahead at the break.
Despite a week since the last fixture, City's selection issues haven't eased with the game coming too soon for Michael Paton, Gerry McLauchlan and Abdul Osman. City will also be without the services of Bobby Barr who serves the second of his 2 match suspension, with on-loan Motherwell defender Yusuf Hussain also sitting out following his red card last Tuesday.
Player/Manager Michael Paton said, "The pressure that the games have put on the squad over the last few weeks has really stretched us. We have given the boys an extra couple of days off so after the Tuesday game, we didn't train again until Saturday. It was important for the players to rest and recharge the batteries.
"Apart from the Queen's Park game where I felt we were off it, every other match we've held our own and the majority of these games we have been the better team. However, at the end of the day it doesn't matter whether you are the better team, it's the points that matter. I think we're putting on much better performances than we did earlier in the season before the suspension of the league.
"The spirits are still high - the boys are still believing. I know it's not great being beaten in any manner but these guys are putting everything into the game and not getting the breaks. I think you could see the character and the spirit within the squad after the red card and conceding an equaliser on Tuesday. These guys still gave me everything and despite only having 10 men we continued to create chances.
On the injury front, Paton commented, "Tomorrow night is still going to be too early to push the likes of myself, Gerry McLauchlan and Abdul Osman. We need to be sensible and ensure we don't set ourselves back which could result in missing the rest of the fixtures. We need to be 100% and we're not quite there yet."
Asked if the next two home fixtures were of added importance, he said, "There is no point singling out any game - we are turning up for every match and approach each one the same way. It's hard not to look about and see where we are but we are completely focussed one game at a time and our next challenge is to get 3 points against Stenhousemuir."
Tomorrow's match referee will be Scott Lambie, assisted by David Doig and Chris Hobbs.
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Stenhousemuir 2-1 Brechin City - 5th December 2020
An improved second half showing wasn’t quite enough for City as they slipped to defeat against Stenhousemuir at Ochilview Park.
The hosts were two goals to the good at the interval and looked set for a comfortable win, however Michael Paton’s side stepped up in the second half, reducing the deficit through trialist Liam Motherwell and could have easily come away with a share of the points after a late rally.
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HALF TIME DRAW
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