Mbu adamant Ed­in­burgh City will find win­ning for­mula

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JOE MBU has told Ed­in­burgh City’s ri­vals to write them off at their peril af­ter in­sist­ing the Cit­i­zens are ready to shake off the ig­nominy of be­ing one of only three clubs in Bri­tain with­out a league win.

The cap­i­tal club are prop­ping up the SPFL af­ter en­dur­ing a night­mare start to life in the bot­tom tier, claim­ing just three points – all from draws – from their open­ing 10 fix­tures.

Even in­clud­ing their cup matches they have been un­able to muster a victory, prompt­ing some to sug­gest City are des­tined for a swift re­turn to the Low­land League. How­ever, de­fi­ant Mbu, a vet­eran of six years in league foot­ball with the likes of Cow­den­beath, East Fife and Sten­house­muir, is adamant they have what it takes to sur­vive at this level and will soon start prov­ing it.

They travel to face League 2 lead­ers For­far this af­ter­noon in the sec­ond of three con­sec­u­tive fix­tures against Gary Bol­lan’s side, hav­ing seen their Scot­tish Cup tie go to a re­play fol­low­ing a 0-0 draw at Mead­ow­bank last week­end.

Aim­ing to eat into the five-point gap to ninth-placed Cow­den­beath, Mbu said: “It would be ridicu­lous to write us off, 100 per cent. I can guar­an­tee that any­one who has ac­tu­ally watched us this sea­son won’t be writ­ing us off.

“We’re not daft and would know if we were be­ing out­classed, but that’s not the case – mis­takes have just been costly. Of course the morale’s not the same as when you’re win­ning ev­ery week but there’s been no need to lift the boys be­cause we’ve ac­tu­ally been play­ing quite well.

“Once that first victory comes, it will hope­fully be the first of many and the points will come rolling in. We want to get that win­ning mentality back and there’s only one way to do that.”

Mbu puts City’s mea­gre points to­tal down to a bru­tal learn­ing curve af­ter man­ager Gary Jar­dine made the con­scious de­ci­sion to keep most of his Low­land League-win­ning side to­gether.

Ex-Scot­land cap Craig Beat­tie and former Manch­ester City young­ster Marc Laird have been the only high-pro­file ad­di­tions and Mbu ad­mits they are be­ing se­verely pun­ished for er­rors that may have been for­given in non-league foot­ball.

He does, how­ever, ex­pect the squad to prove they can han­dle the step up dur­ing the sec­ond round of fix­tures.

The tow­er­ing 34-year-old con­tin­ued: “I’ve said to the boys ‘that’s the dif­fer­ence: you make a mis­take, you get pun­ished’, and now they’ve re­alised that there is only one way we are go­ing to go.

“Peo­ple prob­a­bly won’t give us a chance at For­far, but the first league game was close and the Scot­tish Cup game last week­end was a draw – we were un­lucky not to win it, ac­tu­ally. So, hope­fully this is the game when it turns around.”

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