Elgin City manager Jim Weir is targeting points rather than plaudits ahead of today’s crucial League 2 match against Montrose.
City have failed to win any of their last seven matches ahead of this afternoon’s Borough Briggs encounter, with Stewart Petrie’s men only four points behind in their pursuit of a play-off place.
Weir is prepared to scrap it out against the Angus men in pursuit of a first victory since February, and he said: “It’s been said a lot of times this year how good a football side we are, but we’re now at a stage of when it’s not about that.
“It’s about winning individual duels, limiting mistakes and being strong enough to come out on top.
“Unfortunately I feel there are certain areas we have lacked in recent weeks.
“It’s still in our own hands, but we need to make sure it stays that way.”
Weir expects Montrose to provide a stern test following three straight victories, however the Elgin manager was encouraged by his side’s resilience in coming back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw against Berwick Rangers last week.
He added: “Montrose will be full of confidence after their recent results.
“We haven’t been taking care of our own business which has allowed them to close the gap to four points.
“We always have to look to take positives from games and I saw a massive improvement from the 3-0 defeat against Edinburgh City game the week before, when there were very few positives.
“Had the game on for a bit longer we might have gone on to win it.
“We cannot keep giving ourselves a mountain to climb though.”
On-loan Caley Thistle goalkeeper Cammy Mackay remains doubtful with a shoulder injury, while attacker Shane Sutherland (knee) and defender Matthew Cooper (hamstring) are still sidelined.