Edinburgh City 0 – 0 Brechin City
As the UK continues to struggle with storms, Saturday’s game struggled with it. In horrendous conditions, the Citizens battled out a goalless draw against bottom side Brechin as Cove Rangers stretched their league lead to 8 points.
The game lacked any real chances, both sides not only contesting with one another but against the wind, rain and snow. This made it difficult for either side to garner momentum with Edinburgh largely maintaining possession throughout.
Dropping points for the 3rd time in 4 games has left McDonaugh’s men further adrift as we approach the business end of the season.
Controlling but not clinical
Playing against a team bottom of the league, low on confidence and without a win this calendar year can create complacency. However, it wasn’t for complacency that Edinburgh struggled, more their fight against the elements and inability to create many clear-cut chances. Despite dominating the play as they normally do at home, it wasn’t until shortly before the break that Brechin goalie McMinn had a part to play. Finding himself on the left wing, Grant Savoury made his staple jinking run down the wing before playing a low ball into the box which the Brechin no.1 had to palm away to safety.
It was Edinburgh’s two right-hand men causing the most problems throughout for their opposition as Savoury continues to impress with his fearless nature. Behind him, the far more experienced Thomson was aiming to cause havoc with the Brechin defence as he floated several balls into the opposing box in the swirling wind. Nevertheless, the Away side stood firm. Callum Crane thought he had missed a glorious chance on the hour mark as he connected with a long cross from Thomson which McMinn acrobatically tipped round the post, only to see the linesman’s flag save his blushes.
Thomson was again trying to make his side’s dominance count when he lashed a strike from 35 yards minutes later, however, it was right down the throat of the Brechin goalkeeper. The remainder of the game played out with little to show for it. A free kick from Danny Handling 15 minutes from time flew over the bar and substitute Graeme Holmes’ late effort went wide of the post. City will be out to prove themselves next week at Cowdenbeath as they look to chase Cove Rangers, hoping they can be more fruitful in the final third.
‘Disappointed with the result’
McDonaugh was understandably disappointed with the result after the game but was measured in his analysis of the performance. He pointed out that City ‘defended well and controlled the game’ however, went on to say that ‘we didn’t do enough to score’ and that he didn’t think his side deserved to win the game.
Talking of Brechin and City’s inability to break them down, the manager said: ‘Give them credit, they’ve come here bottom of the league and been hard to play against. We have a lot of talent and a lot of creativity therefore it was a really frustrating afternoon and that’s something we’ll need to work at in training to try and pick up a few of the lads’ confidence.’
City play Cowdenbeath next week who will pose a much stiffer test for the Citizen’s defence. Sitting third in the table behind City, McDonaugh’s men will need to make sure they are at the races and determined to put this week’s disappointing result behind them.
Cowdenbeath (A) Saturday 29 February 2020