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    Allan Maitland previews Peterhead game 

    Friday, August 14, 2009 2:11:24 PM

    I’d like to start by welcoming Neale Cooper, his coaches, players, directors and supporters of Peterhead Football Club, who have made the long journey down for our first home league game of the season and I am delighted we are approaching this game having won last Saturday which is unusual for Alloa Athletic when we have just played one of the promoted teams. Last weeks performance however was possibly our poorest this season so far, having performed well at Dingwall against Ross County, and also against Airdrie United the following week. For sixty minutes last week we never competed against Dumbarton, anywhere near the levels we expect, but our goalkeeper David Crawford kept us in the game in crucial spells, as the game went on we defended better, Mark Brown and John Grant were excellent in that spell. Our first goal just prior to half-time on the counter attack was a wonderful goal, when they equalised, suddenly we woke up and started playing and after Brian Carrigan scored his goal I didn’t think there was any doubt who was going to win this game, I was delighted for Stuart Noble having worked so hard to get on the scoresheet. After that it was a case of being professional, I thought we managed that quite well, we kept the ball well. Gary Carroll came off the bench and played really well, he has been very patient sitting on the bench and when he came on I thought he helped immensely and kept the ball for us.
    Peterhead were excellent last year, they have lost a few players and will need to adjust to that but I know with Neale Cooper his teams are going to attack and with Martin Bavidge in his side they will get goals, I like a number of their players, not least of all Graeme Sharp who always gives us problems during our games, so we are fully aware to win any game, especially today we will need to be at our absolute best. I like playing Peterhead, I like the way they play it always makes it an open attractive game of football, but we need to make sure we do not allow Bobby Mann to dictate games as he has done in games against us in the past. We look forward to the game and hope for another victory and keep our good form going.

    Allan Maitland


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