No need to press panic button, says Edinburgh City boss

Gary Jardine's team have had a tough run of fixtures to begin life in League Two
Gary Jardine's team have had a tough run of fixtures to begin life in League Two
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Edinburgh City manager Gary Jardine today stressed that it is still far too early in the season for him to be overly concerned that his side still await their first League Two points.

The Meadowbank club were 3-0 down midway through the first half at Elgin on Saturday after conceding three goals in seven minutes. Craig Gunn put the hosts ahead before a quickfire double from Shane Sutherland put Jim Weir’s men out of sight.

Jardine acknowledged it’s been a tough start to life in the SPFL for his players, but won’t be panicking over a lack of points just yet.

“To be fair, Elgin deserved it on the day,” he conceded. “They’re a side that only lost one home game last season so we always knew it was going to be tough. We tried one or two new things that didn’t quite go for us and we looked a much better side when we changed the shape. By that time, the game was gone, though, and we conceded three goals in a short space of time again which has been a feature in some of the games we’ve had this season. It’s something we need to cut out.”

Jardine added: “We want points on the board and we feel we can compete at this level.

“The longer it goes, the more difficult it becomes. We’ve had a difficult start – Forfar, who got relegated from League One, Elgin who finished second last season and Cowdenbeath next week who were relegated as well. It’s a tough one, but what it has done quickly is let us know what we’re in for at this level.”

Elgin: Mackay, Cooper, Nicolson, Stewart, MacPhee, Sutherland, Cameron (Smith 62), Reilly, Moore, McLeish, Gunn (Kyle MacLeod 66), Smith (Dodd 73). Unused subs: Duff, Black, McHardy, Reid.

Edinburgh City: Antell, Porteous (Gibson 34),Martyniuk, McKee, Dunsmore, McFarland (Muhsin 62), Cummings, Dunn, Gordon, Donaldson,Beattie, Guthrie (Allum 78). Unused subs: MacDonald, Caddow, Stobie, McConnell.