City face Vale in crunch clash

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Edinburgh CITY’S joint manager John Green whose side meet Vale of Leithen in a crucial Central Taxis East of Scotland Premier Division match at Meadowbank Stadium tonight (kick-off 7.30pm), admitted after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Gretna 2008: “I cannot understand football!”

Green was referring to the fact that he felt that his team could and should have won the game. “We were all over Gretna for almost the entire match and could easily have won by seven or eight goals,” stressed Green.

“We created chance after chance. I cannot believe that we did not take anything from the game. Even the Gretna manager, Stuart Rome, could not believe his side had won. I also cannot believe where we are in the table [third bottom] because the old adage is that league tables never lie but, in Edinburgh City’s case, I think that they definitely do lie.”

Green has to select a side without Andy Howat and central defender Shaun Harrison, who was sent off in the final minute on Saturday, while Kenny Ross and Robbie Ross are doubtful.

Green added: “We face a very good Vale of Leithen team in what is a very important game for both clubs. It should be an open and entertaining game.”

Vale of Leithen, because of various circumstances, have only played six league games and, after another postponement last Saturday, manager Jamie Burrell has a full squad available including new signing Wayne Sproule.