Brechin stay anchored to the bottom of League One after a defeat at home to Stenhousemuir, in which all the breaks, including contentious refereeing decisions, went against them.
The game may well be best remembered for City keeper Graeme Smith’s pre-match mixup he thought it was an away game but Brechin boss Darren Dods only wanted to talk football.
“That was a hard one to take, considering the effort we put in,” he said.
“The goal we had ruled out for offside was debatable and pictures show it was onside.
“Their second goal saw a double deflection and the boy looked offside as he scored but the linesman didn’t give it.
“We were a lot better than last week. We hit the post and our keeper didn’t have a save to make.
“Willie Dyer was sent off late on for two bookings for dissent. He knows that was stupid and he will be dealt with internally.
“There were some strange decisions out there but our heads remain up.
“Several times the ball just would not drop for us and we must continue to show the same effort.”
Brechin started well and on-loan striker Isaac Layne fired two efforts just off target in the opening 10 minutes.
Stenhousemuir grabbed the lead on 29 minutes.
Strong play by Jason Scotland got the ball to Colin McMenamin, and his pass set up Alan Cook for a good finish.
Brechin hit back and on 33 minutes Jonathan Tiffoney appeared to be tripped in the box by Kieran Millar. The referee said no and booked the Brechin attacker for simulation.
The home side started the second half with a bang. On 47 minutes a Dyer corner was headed against the post by David Bates.
A minute later, Andy Jackson had the ball in the net from a Layne pass but was given offside.
The pressure continued and Paul McLean and Dods both headed over from corners.
Brechin levelled on 72 minutes. Layne held off two challenges and smashed the ball high into the net from the edge of the box.
Two minutes later a Bates header from a corner was saved by Matty Gould and the ball was scrambled clear.
Passions rose with a string of bookings on both sides, then on 81 minutes a Scotland free-kick broke off the Brechin wall and McMenamin was all on his own to score.
Four minutes into added time, Dyer picked up two bookings in quick succession for remarks to the referee and was sent off.