“Not a typical Broch home performance.” That’s how Fraserburgh assistant manager Mike Cormack described Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Cove.
Despite taking the lead early on in the first half after a 13th minute penalty by John Chalmers a quick-fire reply drew Rangers level before two second half goals sealed their win.
A late sending off for Ryan Christie capped a poor day for the boys from Bellslea.
Cormack felt that the result came down to a poor performance and not just the absence of key players Scott Barbour, Russell McBride and Courtney Cooper.
“We are usually a lot sharper and it was a dissapoimnting performance infront of a large home crowd,” he told the Herald. “Cove are a decent team and I can’t fault the effort of the team but usually we are a lot better.
“It wasn’t a typical Broch home performance. Normally we press every team and the tempo is a lot higher compared to what we showed on Saturday.
“I didn’t have a clear view of the sending off but it looked a soft challenge and I felt perhaps it was harsh to send Ryan off with only two minuites left of the match. The tackle itself was perhaps down to frustration,” he added.
Speaking ahead of their next home game this weekend against Lossiemouth, Cormack said: “Lossiemouth will always be a tough game, this is a local derby for them.”
Lossie had different fortunes this Saturday, coming from 2-1 down to win 4-2 against Buckie Thistle at Victoria Park.
“They’ve had a good win against Buckie and will be high on confidence. We are confident we will be able to handle them physically but are expecting a tough game.”
Fraserburgh will be boosted by the return from suspension of McBride, Cooper and top goal scorer Scott Barbour.
Cormack added: “We’ll be looking to make it up to the surporters after disappointing them against Cove.”