Man­ager asks about the ‘guts, fight and heart’ as ti­tle bid wilts for City

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EL­GIN CITY’S ti­tle chal­lenge wilted in the 3-0 de­feat at Ed­in­burgh City and they now face a bat­tle to se­cure a play-off place.

The de­feat in the cap­i­tal meant El­gin slipped down to fourth, five points ahead of in-form Stir­ling Al­bion and have now had six games with­out a win.

Dougie Gair scored twice (once from the penalty spot) and Jor­dan Cad­dow rubbed salt in the wound five min­utes from time.

Jim Weir, the El­gin man­ager, now has to halt the slide and he did not mince his words af­ter this lat­est de­feat.

“It was gut­less. There was no heart, no fight, but I pick the team and I have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

“The third goal typ­i­fies our type of per­for­mance from cer­tain play­ers and it’s about time they took re­spon­si­bil­ity on the pitch.

“I’ll take the re­spon­si­bil­ity off the pitch but they need to take it on it.

“I said be­fore the game that I thought it would be dif­fi­cult to win the league and to ex­pect the teams above to drop three or four games. Both lost, so it was an op­por­tu­nity blown.

“I look as if I have a group of play­ers who think they can saunter over the line and into the play-offs and the last per­for­mances haven’t de­served that.

“You can only go with what you have in the dress­ing room. We were un­lucky against For­far and Ar­broath and we should have won those games but when we played at An­nan a few weeks ago I didn’t think it could get worse.

“One team wanted it to­day and one team wanted to get out of the po­si­tion they are in. One team thinks they are safe where they are but I tell you, in two or three weeks’ time, if I keep get­ting that per­for­mance it will be mid-ta­ble for us.

“We were sec­ond to every­thing with no com­mu­ni­ca­tion or lead­er­ship.”

Lead­ers For­far slipped up 3-2 at home to Ber­wick Rangers but kept a point clear of Ar­broath who lost 1-0 at home to Mon­trose with Gary Fraser scor­ing a late win­ner.

Stir­ling Al­bion made it six wins out of six as they beat Clyde 3-2.

Man­ager Dave MacKay said it is “a huge ask” for his team to make the play-offs but there is no doubt they are head­ing the right way as El­gin stum­ble.

An­nan Ath­letic moved up to third in a 1-0 home win over Cow­den­beath.

SALT ON THE WOUND: Ed­in­burgh City’s Dougie Gair net­ted a dou­ble to pile the mis­ery on to El­gin City

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