BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
Blue Brazil player/boss Colin Nish reckons his side are clicking into gear at the perfect time as Cowdenbeath and Brechin City prepare to “fight for their lives” at Central Park.
Just two points separate rock-bottom Brechin and the Fifers in eighth spot ahead of todays mouth-watering six-pointer in League One.
With just one defeat in their last four fixtures – against runaway champions Dunfermline – Nish can see signs of life as he attempts to secure survival in his maiden campaign as a manager.
He said: “We’ve done well in the last few games and, aside from the Dunfermline defeat, managed to go on a wee run.
“It will be another big game this weekend, playing Brechin. Both of us are fighting for our lives at the bottom of the table and it will be a huge result for whoever can get the win. It’s a six-pointer if there’s ever been one.
“If we can turn in a performance like we have done lately then we have every chance of taking the points.
“We know the magnitude of the game – but it’s about focusing on our performance, rather than the league table. We have been trying since Christmas to get a winning formula and I feel like we have maybe got that now.”
Consecutive 1-0 wins against Peterhead and Ayr in their last two matches were all the more impressive given Cowden slipped to the foot of the table with their defeat against the Pars on March 19.
The former Hibs and Kilmarnock forward continued: “The response to going bottom has been fantastic because it could have had a negative affect on the boys. Instead, we’ve climbed out of it.”
And Nish is determined to pile more misery on fellow rookie boss Darren Dods this afternoon despite admitting to feeling plenty of sympathy for the Brechin boss, who was charged with replacing Ray McKinnon amid an exodus of first-team stars.
He added: “Darren has found it tough. I think ourselves and Brechin are probably the two teams who lost the most key players and, as such, we’ve been late starters.
“I’ve got a lot of sympathy for him because I know how tough this season will have been for him. At the same time, we have a job to do this afternoon and, in the nicest possible way, I hope we make his job even harder.”