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    Manager after Clyde game 30th April, 2008 

    Tuesday, June 17, 2008 2:17:51 PM

     

    I keep going on about the advantage of being full-time as opposed to part-time and I thought it might give them an advantage as the game went on that was evidently going to be the case but we played really well in the first half, deserved our lead, got lucky when Steven Masterton’s super shot came off the inside of the post but I thought we were worthy of being ahead at half time. In the second half we knew Clyde would have a spell in the game and it was important to work hard and make sure we were picking people up in the box and I thought we did that quite well, other than the one that got chipped to the back post and the header that went by the post but the wall could have done a lot better I felt at the goal. You always know Steven Masterton is capable of doing that and I thought he played really well. The biggest plus for us tonight was Neil McGregor’s performance – he was outstanding in the game and he is suspended for Saturday. At times in the game I felt he held Clyde together so it is a bonus for us that he is not playing on Saturday. We planned tonight to try and play Graeme Brown and Andy Ferguson, knowing that they are not fully fit from the start to try and give them something like a battering ram to worry them and then later in the game to try and get Adam and Kyle and I think that worked well for us because once we got them on the game started to get stretched and they held the ball up for us but Adam Coakley scored a magnificent goal on Monday night at training, his goal tonight was absolutely superb and worthy of winning any game. So I think we have a slight advantage – we know they are likely to score on Saturday – there is no doubt we will need to score to keep ourselves in the game. We are back in it and that is the best I could have hoped for. We will see how it goes from there. All the pressure was on Clyde tonight and again all the pressure will be on Clyde on Saturday. The game last Saturday was unusual for us as everyone expected us to win. So tonight was a different type of game with all the pressure on Clyde and I think we played well. I rested Brown Ferguson tonight because he is not fully fit, and Kyle Macaulay is not fully fit either. Hopefully both players will have a big part to play on Saturday. I think tonight we played a really open attack minded team to try and get at Clyde and I think we managed that as I said in the first half. I will look to try and use every player in the squad and we will look to make changes on Saturday and see if we can nick a goal somewhere. Clyde, to be fair had a good spell in the second half and we really had to dig in and concentrate on the game but we are not under any illusions that it will be anything other than a really hard game – there’s a lot of work to be done yet. I deliberately picked the team tonight that would play well on this park but on Saturday at Broadwood on the different pitch it will need a different team. Broadwood is always a place where it can be intimidating at times with the support right behind their team so we will need to make sure our boys are ready for that and stand up to it. It will be a day for experienced players to do their bit. I still think there’s goals in us – our record in the last 12 games before tonight was won 6 and drawn 6 – so away from home we have been good – we will just need to see if we can manage that again this week. What we are expecting on Saturday is for Clyde to come at us and it will be a bit like the second half tonight and if that is the case I am hoping that we have players with energy from the middle of the park that can get forwarding support. As I said before we are not under any illusions that it will be anything other than a really hard game – there’s a lot of work still to be done.
     
    Allan Maitland


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