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    Allan Maitland after Ayr United victory 

    Sunday, February 08, 2009 3:00:27 PM

    I thought we were fantastic in the first half, played really well, first to every ball, thought Brian Carrigan and Stuart Noble were magnificent, held the ball up for us and allowed Jinky and Kyle MacAulay to get forward and give great support, however we took a few knocks in the game, Bomber, Carrots, Chris Townsley and Kyle MacAulay were all struggling at half time and later in the game Dougie Wilson also got injured. However you can see why Ayr United are there at the top end of the league, the spirit they showed in the second half was absolutely fantastic, got back into the game at 2-2 and had a fantastic opportunity to go and win, but Ryan Stevenson shot the ball over the bar. At that stage we could easily have folded and we probably would have previously but I’m pleased we got ourselves into a situation when there was enough bodies up the park to support Stuart Noble and got ourselves a penalty kick, I’m pleased because we deserved to win the first half and probably Ayr United will feel they deserved to win the second half, however I am delighted to win the game, any way we can and very pleased to win the three points, our games at home this season have been exciting games, having previously won 4-3 in local derby against Stirling Albion and today’s game was another fantastic game and hopefully that will be the start to drag us up the league. With five minutes to go we might have settled for a point and a 2-2 draw, we have struggled to score goals this season and two penalty kicks today have helped ease this, there is no doubt with Brian Carrigan and Stuart Noble we have something different up front and I thought Brian Carrigan was absolutely fantastic, I know Dougie Hill won the “Man of the Match” award and I’m pleased for him, John Grant on his 100th game for the club could easily won it, but for me Brian Carrigan was head & shoulders above everyone else as far as Alloa were concerned, although I thought David Gormley played well for Ayr United after he was introduced for Alex Williams in the first half. Ayr United are a good side, we are pleased to win but now we have to do the same thing next week against Queen’s Park. A good game of football for everybody, what a difference it is to play when the wind is not blowing a gale like last week, we are very pleased a good day for us.

    Allan Maitland - Team Manager

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