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    Allan Maitland previews Queen's Park game 

    Friday, April 24, 2009 1:29:47 PM

    Today I’d like to welcome Gardner Spiers, his coaches, the players, supporters and Committee members of Queens Park for a match which is vital to both of us as we try to avoid the relegation play-off spot. After recent home victories, I was surprised that Queen’s lost one nil to Arbroath at Hampden Park last Saturday, which will probably make them even more determined to get a much needed result today. With players of the quality of Barry Douglas, Richard Sinclair, Adam Coakley, Steven Odunew and of course Paul Cairney who has been the driving force of their midfield they (like most teams in our league) are perfectly capable of beating anyone on their day.
    Our victory at East Fife last week was well overdue and very rewarding for various good reasons – it was a starting debut for both Marc McCafferty and Gary Carroll who were both excellent after they settled into the game. Stuart Noble scored the opener with a wonderful strike in the final game of his loan spell from Airdrie and the team managed a shut out which always gives you a good base to work on away from home. Stuarts goal came after great link up play between him and Gary Carroll and his low strike gave the keeper no chance. As I’ve said before his hold up play has helped us improve since Christmas and its unfortunate that we were not able to secure the loan deal to the end of the season. On a brighter note I’m hopeful that Brian Carrigan will be available today after his injury against Queen of the South and his presence in the team should compensate for the loss of Stuart. Our victory against East Fife came on a day when every player played his part in an excellent team performance, which is no mean feat considering the unnecessary pressure we have put ourselves under after our run of poor results. We know that a victory today will secure our place in the second division for next season but will that not mask the fact that we have massively under achieved after our exploits of last year. Despite that I believe that all of us will benefit and learn from the experiences of the season and hopefully it will make us better and stronger for the challenges to come. We will again need a display where everybody plays well if we expect to win today when our opponents will be desperate for a victory.
    As I’m sure you will be aware, Dougie Wilson suffered a double fracture in his ankle during our game against Raith Rovers 2 weeks ago. He has had an operation which we all hope will be successful and we wish him a speedy recovery. Dougie Hill was also admitted to hospital after suffering a bout of pneumonia which kept him out of the team last Saturday – we will be monitoring his recovery to gauge if he has returned to full fitness for todays game.
    This is the stage of the season when supporters reflect and discuss their views on the player of the season. In my opinion that player has been Brown Ferguson who has driven the team forward even when we haven’t played well – he has been the strength and heartbeat of the club this season and I hope he will be here for many years to come. His 2 goals against Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup tie were absolutely typical Bomber and epitomised everything about the man – the first was a late run into the box to get on the end of a cross and the second was an unstoppable free kick.
    Once again I would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

    Allan Maitland

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