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    Managers Preview Brechin City Game 

    Saturday, December 20, 2008 2:27:09 AM

    Good afternoon everyone. I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and I hope that you receive everything you wish over the coming weeks especially if it includes Alloa FC winning some much needed points and moving up this league.
    A special welcome is extended to Kevin McAllister and Grant Johnson who are taking charge of First Team matters at Brechin City for the first time since the recent and surprising departure of Michael O'Neill to Shamrock Rovers. I have spoken to Michael since he made his decision and he explained that he felt that it was an opportunity that he had to take despite the fact that Brechin are having such an outstanding season. Over the last three years he has managed to build a very strong squad with a great balance of experience and youth and this season they have continued with the consistency they showed in the second part of last season when they were very unfortunate not to manage a play off spot. Michael is a very approachable and likeable manager and I hope that he achieves great success with Shamrock Rovers.
    With Kevin and Grant in charge I'm certain that the players will want to impress and continue with the form that has enabled them to be challenging Raith Rovers and Ayr United at the top of the league. I don't think it's any coincidence that all three of these sides have strikers scoring regularly and are capable of turning results in their favour at any time in the game. Unfortunately, for various good reasons, our strikers haven't managed to find that form and scoring has been a real issue for us, which I will be trying to address in the transfer window. I believe that our form has improved recently but that hasn't been reflected in our results and with the teams above us all picking up points recently that needs to change as a matter of urgency. In our last home match we managed to defeat a very strong Raith Rovers team in the Scottish Cup reply and secure a tie with Aberdeen in the next round. Our performance on the night was strong and I felt that we thoroughly merited our victory despite going behind to a Gary Wales strike midway through the second half completely against the run of play. Raith obviously gained confidence from that and we struggled for the next 15 minutes when Jelly made two fantastic saves to keep us in the game. We showed great determination throughout and finally scored an equaliser when Brown Ferguson bundled the ball over the line after Andy Ferguson's header came back off the post. "Bomber" followed that with a superb free kick 2 minutes later, which put us ahead and proved to be the winner despite a late rally from Raith when Jelly was again needed to make a decent save. I hope that the Raith game and our recent form will give us the springboard to start winning some points over the next three weeks before the distraction of the Aberdeen game.
    As always I thank you for your support.

    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager

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