Turriff United manager takes positives from Brechin game but outlines work is needed
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Turriff United manager Dean Donaldson was encouraged by his team's performance against Brechin City on Saturday but rued basic mistakes that cost them the game.
United were the first team to visit Glebe Park as this year's Highland League season commenced.
Sustained pressure from City in the first half saw them score on the half hour mark through Gregor Jordan.
The home side then got their second just minutes later when Marc Scott netted.
Turriff managed to get back into the game when Rory Brown scored just before half-time.
However, Brechin made it 3-1 after Rory Currie found the net shortly into the second half.
City went down to 10 men when Jack Milne was shown a second yellow card.
But United couldn't make the extra man count and the match ended in defeat for them.
Donaldson said: "I was pleased with the boys' application, the way we worked and how we wanted to play.
"We knew that we were going to get tested defensively, they had a bit of firepower and they moved the ball really well.
"I thought our shape and how we played was really good but the basic mistakes that cost us for the goals were the reason that we lost.
"The goal that we scored is exactly what we are looking for and it was a really good move and finish from Rory.
"I am disappointed with the result but not with how we went about our business."
Turriff lost two goals in quick succession and the manager outlined this would be something he would have to look into.
He added: "I wouldn't put it down to being the defence it's more the team switching off.
"The focus and the basics we still need to work on with some of the players.
"We have a young squad but there is plenty positives there as well, as Brechin are a side that is going to be looking to go up.
"I still think there is more to come from our boys and we'll maybe add a couple of players to help us."
It was Donaldson's first Highland League game as Turriff manager and has had to wait some time for it after taking on the role in January.
He said: "It was good to finally get going. It's been a long time not just for myself but for everybody.
"Hopefully the games are going to start coming thick and fast now and that's the only way we are going to get better.
"We'll just go again, get into training and get working on the things we need to."
Next up for Turriff is a home game against Buckie Thistle who beat Lossiemouth 5-0 on Saturday at Victoria Park.
Donaldson said: "It doesn't get any easier as their tails will be up after that win.
"But I knew the challenge I was taking on. I know the teams we will be expected to beat and I know the teams that we really need to stick to our guns.
"The more experience the younger boys get the better team we will become but that just takes time."
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