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    Allan Maitland previews St. Mirren game 

    Saturday, January 09, 2010 4:32:11 AM

    This weekend we look forward to our visit to Paisley for our Scottish Cup Tie in the hope that we can finally get to play a game of football. To say that we are ill prepared for a match of this importance would be an understatement with our last game being on 12th December last year against Brechin City and suitable training facilities being so hard to come by. However there is always a silver lining when you look hard enough and we are in the fortunate position that all the players (with the obvious exception of Dougie Wilson) are now free from injury and raring to go.

    The game is a wonderful opportunity to play against a side from the SPL and one that the players must embrace and look forward to. We understand how difficult it will be and fully respect the quality that our opponents have in their side but it is a game where we have nothing to lose and hope to cause an upset. When we last played St Mirren 7 years ago we were both competing in the First Division and the fact that they are now looked upon as an established SPL side is clear indication of just how well Gus McPherson and Andy Millen have done since their arrival. They have players who can undoubtedly cause us a problem, Jack Ross (who starts so many of their attacks from right back), Andy Dorman (excellent at getting beyond teams and scoring from midfield), Michael Higdon, Craig Dargo and in particular Billy Mehmet who was the best player on the park last week in their match against Kilmarnock. I am aware that they haven’t won many matches at their new stadium but their cup record includes a victory against Celtic so I don’t think we can read too much into that.

    From our point of view we need our flair players to turn up and perform at the top of their game, we require a day of complete concentration at all times from our back four in the knowledge that we will be punished for lapses, we need Davie Crawford to continue the fantastic run of form he’s produced this season and finally we need St Mirren to have an off day – if we can manage all of these then an upset is possible.

    It is a Scottish Cup Tie and we will give the game our best shot.

    Allan Maitland - Team Manager

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