“When Arbroath pulled a goal back late on, you could sense that the players were thinking ‘here we go again’ after the way things have gone for us recently, when we’ve had a lot of bad breaks.
“But I told the lads to be courageous, pass the ball and to boss the game and take control.
“We played some brilliant football today and the nervousness the players showed late on after Arbroath scored will fade away once we’re back into the habit of winning games.”
City scored the opener from the penalty-spot in the 39th minute when Graham Hay gave Lichties keeper Scott Morrison no chance with his spot-kick after on-loan Hamilton striker Andy Ryan had been upended in the box by David Banjo.
Ryan scored City’s second goal in the 61st minute when he collected a superb pass from Steven Robb to round the keeper and slot the ball home.
Arbroath gave themselves a life-line in the 71st minute when Alan Cook picked up the ball on the left and drilled a superb left-foot drive into the bottom corner of the net.
They laid siege to the City goal in the last few minutes, but the home defence stayed firm and weathered the storm, and the hosts wrapped up the points in style with a great goal two minutes into injury-time.
Bobby Barr picked up the ball wide on the right and sent an inch-perfect pass into the visitors’ penalty-box for substitute Derek Carcary, who bulleted a first-time volley into the roof of the net.
Arbroath assistant manager Stewart Petrie said: “We started the game really well and were totally dominant in the first 10 minutes or so, but we allowed Brechin to get back into the game and there is no question that they were worthy of their 1-0 lead at half-time.
“When City went 2-0 up we were chasing the game.
“Although we managed to pull back a goal we gave ourselves too much to do,” he said.
“With the league as tight as it is you won’t win games if you don’t play well and we were off the mark today, particularly in the first-half.”
Source: Lichties Mad