Bottom of the Championship Brechin visit out-of-form Dunfermline Athletic this afternoon at East End Park. Despite sitting six points behind second bottom Falkirk, City defender Euan Spark believes this year is an exciting one for the part-timers, as the former Pars player looks to deny his ex-employers some early Christmas cheer.
Looking ahead to today’s game, Spark told jordanburtfootball.com:
“When you go up against teams that you aren’t expected to be, especially when they are full-time and have big pitches, it is difficult. You are up against it, especially as the majority of the boys in our team haven’t played in this division before. It isn’t nice: it is easy for people to say “you aren’t expected to win these games anyway”, but, we are still giving our all and still wanting to win so when you come off at the end having not won, it is tough to take.
We have had a few heavy defeats, especially over the last couple of weeks when we have played away from home on big pitches. I think we had two away matches in a week. We seem to perform much better at home, as was shown at our last match at Glebe Park against St Mirren. We know should have won that game – defensively, we know we are going to have games where we just aren’t on it. We are always going to concede goals in this league, unfortunately. It is just the way it is as teams will always have good firepower that is coming up against us. We just need to try concede as little as we could to give the boys up front a chance of winning the games for us.”
Spark believes Brechin aren’t far away from going on a good run of results.
“We scraped through [in the Scottish Cup] against Buckie which was a big win for us. Then we played Dundee United at home and got a 1-1 draw. Unfortunately for us, we then had to play Inverness away on the Tuesday before we faced Morton away on the Saturday which were two big games away from home. We suffered heavy defeats, but, you must put that down to players being tired; these teams have big pitches and, for us, it can be a long way to travel. These are very good teams we are facing: if we go back to our last game against St Mirren, how we didn’t get a result against them I don’t know. Saturday was a big one for us – if we want to stay up, it is those types of games where we need to pick up results. Sadly, it was postponed.
Every game for us is tough but every game is also massive for us. When you are travelling to play teams such as Dunfermline, Dundee United, Morton, Inverness, Falkirk…it is a big league and a very competitive division too. That just shows you how difficult the Championship is. We just want to go there, put in a good performance and try get a good result. This is a massive year for the club; being in the Championship, especially as I am from Brechin and a supporter of the club myself, it is an exciting year for us. I know results aren’t going our way as of yet on the park but it is a chance for the club to grow and build itself up.”