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    Allan Maitland after Clyde victory 

    Sunday, August 30, 2009 10:42:29 AM

    First and foremost there is lots of talk of “The Bully Wee” having their difficulties over the summer and I understand all that, but there was no sign of lack of spirit in their game today, they made it a hard game, I thought Clyde particularly in the 1st half were excellent, had good energy, tried to get forward at every opportunity and get shots at goal, which I thought our goalkeeper did very well with, even pushing one onto the post but they did run out of steam a bit in the second half, but considering they have not had a pre season, they will get better and great credit to them today I thought they worked hard. For our point of view, I have been saying we haven’t been playing well but today I thought we were much better, first half I thought Clyde were spirited but the second half we kept the ball quite well, Mark Gilhaney was a problem to his old side, but Brian Carrigan was the best player on the football park, I thought he was miles above everybody in terms of his football brain and it was fitting he should score the goal to win the game. Shug Kerr was a wee bit unlucky with his chance at the end but as a team we have defended well and that is the reason we are where we are just now, a point last week at Cowdenbeath when we were under the cosh, no goals conceded today or against Peterhead and at Dumbarton the only goal was an own goal , so I’m very pleased with our start to the season. Very unusual for me I have to say, because this is the best start I have had since being manager of Alloa Athletic, although there is still a long way to go in the season. However although I am pleased with the start I believe we will still need to strengthen the side and hope to add to the squad in the next fortnight. I was again delighted with the attitude and application of the players and with four first team regulars missing – Stuart Noble, Chris Townsley, David McClune and Dougie Wilson who will all be fighting to regain their place in the side once available, I still think there is more to come from this Alloa Athletic side this season. It was nice to have Brown Ferguson back in the team albeit at right back, in an unfamiliar position he did really well and as always Davie Crawford was exceptional and I am pleased to win.

    Allan Maitland – Team Manager

    (PS - Read Brian Carrigan's comments in Player Interview section)

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