City boss optimistic despite three defeats

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Edinburgh City’s recently appointed manager James McDonagh may not have seen his side score a goal or collect a point but has seen enough to know they can give leaders Stirling Albion a tough time at Ainslie Park.

McDonagh said: “It does seem strange to be speaking confidently after three 1-0 defeats, however I have seen progress in every game. If we can continue progressing then we can get something.”

Scott Shepherd has been added on loan from Falkirk to help City’s goal threat, with McDonagh saying: “I am sure once we get that first goal others will follow quickly.”

The Forthbank side are licking their wounds after losing to Stenhousemuir, with manager Dave Mackay saying: “We have bounced back from disappointments before and hopefully will do so again.”

Interim Cowdenbeath manager John Ovenstone is determined to end a unique week with a win over visitors Montrose. The Blue Brazil became internet sensations after Jordan Garden’s ‘diving header’ penalty offence at Berwick went world-wide and then manager Billy Brown opted to end his time in charge.

Ovenstone said: “In some ways all the internet activity helped as it took some of the attention away from the disappointment of the manager leaving.”

Stenhousemuir host managerless Clyde with Warriors boss Brown Ferguson telling his players not to be distracted as he explained: “We cannot feel sorry for them.”

Annan welcome Berwick to Galabank with manager Peter Murphy saying: “We are not scoring the goals we should be. That needs to change.”

Peterhead look to defeat Elgin City for a third time when the sides meet at Borough Briggs.