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    Allan Maitland previews Aberdeen Cup tie 

    Friday, January 09, 2009 4:14:13 AM

    I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the “Recs” to Jimmy Calderwood, Jimmy Nicoll, Sandy Clark, Jim Leighton, the players, Directors and of course the supporters of Aberdeen Football Club who have made the journey for today’s Homecoming Scotland Scottish Cup Tie. With our game against Stirling Albion being called off at a ridiculously late hour last Saturday it gave Ronnie Scott and I the opportunity to go to Hamilton to see Aberdeen play before today’s game. Unfortunately the flu virus that infected the players prior to the game resulted in a performance that has not been typical of Aberdeen over the last six weeks and we watched them lose against a Hamilton side that played very well and deserved their victory. I have no doubt that we can expect a different “Dons” performance today, especially when you consider the quality of the players that Jimmy has at his disposal. Lee Miller has been in excellent scoring form recently and has formed a fruitful partnership with Darren Mackie that has been their main supply of goals this season. I liked Mark Kerr as a young player when he made his breakthrough at Falkirk, he developed superbly as a player at Dundee United and was extremely unfortunate to be involved in Rangers first equaliser in the League Cup Final when he played so well. I believe that he has made Aberdeen a better side and when he plays well he is capable of running games from the centre of the park. They also have real scoring threat from the midfield with Aluko, De Visscher and Gary MacDonald all keen to get forward and into the box. However the basis of Aberdeen’s better results this season has been the number of clean sheets they’ve managed with Jamie Langfield and the defence in front of him in great form.
    Our victory against Raith Rovers in the previous round seems so long ago but our performance that night showed that we are capable of raising our game for the big occasion and we need to do the same again if we are to have any chance of succeeding today - another cracking Bomber free kick would certainly help. For us to do well we need Aberdeen to have an off day and perhaps for us to get the breaks in the game that haven’t been going our way this season - even then it would take a monumental effort from every player for us to have the chance of causing what would be a major shock but that is what we’re hoping to do. I have great belief in Alloa Athletic Football Club and today we are at last getting the opportunity to bring a big SPL club with a great support to the “Recs” for the first time since the ground developments. I am absolutely delighted that our directors never gave any consideration to moving the match to Falkirk for the purpose of greater revenue, which would have denied our own supporters the chance to see a big game at the home of their team.
    We need our league form to improve but for today we aim to give everything we have to try and produce a game that Alloa fans will remember for years to come.

    Thank you all for your support and I hope you enjoy today’s game.

    Allan Maitland

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