Edinburgh City will struggle to keep winning, says McDonaugh

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James McDonaugh believes City’s season will only get tougher. (Photo credit: Ross Cowper-Fraser)

Edinburgh City manager James McDonaugh has admitted “wins could be harder to pick up” ahead of this weekend’s Scottish League Two clash with Annan.

City sit top of the league after 20 matches with 16 left to play, but second placed Peterhead are only three points behind with a game in-hand.

McDonaugh is aware he needs to take as many points as possible from the remaining matches, but has conceded his side may find it trickier to win games.

He told EN4 News: “You’re always looking for a win, but I think teams are going to approach the games differently now against us.

“I’m not saying they’re going to be negative but I think Edinburgh City, following on from last season, were seen as a team where you could pick up three points, a team that you could go and attack and get on the front foot.

“Everybody has played us at least twice now so they maybe have a better idea that we’re not that easy to play against.”

“I would expect teams like Annan, who we’ve always had close games with, will be hard to break down. We need to find sometimes a different way of playing.

“I’m not saying teams will just sit in but they’re not going to come out and be as expansive to try and beat us, so wins are going to be harder to pick up, especially in the run-in where teams coming to play us will take a point and take a better performance against the team that’s top of the league.”

Despite City’s current league position, McDonaugh is refusing to focus on the title and instead is taking each game as it comes.

He added: “We’re just trying to win every game we play to be honest.

“It’ll be pretty pivotal [the two games against Peterhead] but I think between us, Peterhead and Clyde we’ll all probably take points off each other and I think there’s other teams in there that’ll take points off the three of us too.

 

“Annan could easily be one of them, [Stirling] Albion another. They’ll certainly be difficult to beat.”

The Edinburgh City manager has previously told EN4 News about City’s struggles with available players, and revealed that this problem is still to be rectified.

McDonaugh said: “We’re trying to address it this month but it’s been a real issue for us for a while, and it’s kind of been papered over really because we’ve been winning games.

“I don’t think it’s any coincidence that against Berwick we had to take off [Andrew] Black and [Conrad] Balatoni and we end up conceding two late goals and against Stirling Albion, Black doesn’t play and Balatoni comes off after 20 minutes and we lose the game, so I think with our strongest team on the park we’re a match for anyone.

“We don’t have the players to rotate so we just basically have whatever’s available. There’s been very few times where I’ve been able to rest someone or take someone out the team.”

 

 

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