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    Allan Maitland previews Stranraer game 

    Saturday, December 27, 2008 5:59:53 AM

    Good afternoon everyone, I would like to take this opportunity to hope you had  a Merry Christmas and I hope that you received everything you wished for, especially if it includes Alloa FC winning some much needed points and moving up this league.
    Standing in our way today are Stranraer FC and we welcome Derek Ferguson, along with his coaches, players, directors and supporters. Derek has done a tremendous job in difficult circumstances since taking over from Gerry Brittan and knowing him as a player I have no doubt that he will have his team playing a passing game as much as possible. Derek will be fondly remembered by our fans for his time here and I recall a chat I had with Stevie Thomson about him as a player at Alloa and he told me that the team only played well when he was in it. By the time he arrived at Hamilton Accies, Derek was unfortunate with injuries, but despite that he always made the team much better when he played – he was truly a wonderful talent.
    Stranraer themselves will be equally desperate to win more league points as well and as they showed at Stair Park in our last game on 15th November, 2008 they will fight for the whole ninety minutes, which resulted in them gaining a 2-2 draw in a game which it looked we might gain our first away victory of the season after coming back from being one goal down at the interval. Gregory Tade again played well in that game and has now scored seven goals this season, two of which were against ourselves and he will certainly need watching again today along with Steff McConalogue and Craig Frizzell joining from Cowdenbeath and Elgin respectively I know that Stranraer will offer a real threat up front and we will need to concentrate fully for the 90 minutes if we hope to keep a clean sheet today. Defensively, I like the look of James Creaney, Ian Dobbins, John Kane, and Kevin Nicoll at the back with Scott Black behind them and they have already shown that they’ll be difficult to break down this season.
    There’s no doubt that we need to start collecting league points as soon as possible and that is the way I would like to go into the New Year with another important victory.
    I look forward to very difficult game today and hope we can provide you with the result you deserve. As always I thank you for your support.


    Allan Maitland - Team Manager

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