Club News


Sun 28 Jul 2013

Jim McInally insists there is more to come from his side, after goals from David Cox and Jordon Brown saw them edge out League One side Brechin City in the first round of the Ramsdens League Challenge Cup.

The Blue Toon boss does, however, admit that his squad is thin on the ground as the new league campaign approaches.

McInally said "It was a terrific way to start, but I've just said to the players that the result was better than the performance. I'm not being disrespectful, and we're delighted to beat Brechin, but I didn't think we played as well as we can today.

"It was a game that worried me, because we put so much into the game against Aberdeen on Tuesday night. It was a battling performance and one where we just hung in there."

Cox celebrates the opener

Summer signing Brown netted a double against the Dons on Tuesday and showed his quality again as he popped up in acres of space to send a Dean Cowie pass beyond Graeme Smith in the Brechin goal to net what proved to be the winning strike.

McInally continued "In Jordon we've acquired a player who's going to creep into areas in the box, and it's priceless. When you've got players like him, and McAllister and Rodgers, then you've always got a chance of winning games.

However, the loss of Scott Ross to injury just after the interval highlighted the lack of depth in the Blue Toon squad at present, and the former Sligo Rovers boss admits that is a situation he's looking to rectify.

"To lose Scott Ross so early in the second half was a big loss to us as he's been different class," he added. "We took that on the chin and Steven Noble moved into centre-back and did terrific. I don't think Scott's injury is too bad.

"We haven't got the biggest squad here, but we've got a hell of a good spirit. I've been trying to keep this bunch of players together without bringing anybody else in who's going to rock the boat.

"Kevin Buchan who came on today, was with Dundee last season and has spent the pre-season with Dunfermline. He's actually a striker but we asked him to go and play in the middle of the park and he showed some good composure, so I'll speak to him.

"Dean Richardson is going to sign a deal and come into the squad but he needs to get loads fitter. He's still chasing his tail a bit, but we'll get him there.

"PA Bruce has asked to leave, and Jamie Beagrie has been offshore – I think he's actually going on a course for three months, so we're not really going to have him. Bryan Gilfillan is stranded offshore, and we're still waiting to hear word on Callum Macdonald's injury.

"We're a bit thin on the ground at the moment, but that's the way I like it and that's why I think we've done so well since the end of last season, because we've had a good spirit about us."

A full match report is now available here.