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    Allan Maitland Previews Cowdenbeath game 

    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 12:50:39 PM

    Good evening and welcome to “the Recs” for tonights top of the table clash. Obviously a warm welcome must go to Danny Lennon, his coaches, the players, directors and supporters of Cowdenbeath FC who have made the relatively short journey. As I’ve said before Danny and his team have been fantastic this season and thoroughly deserve to be at the top of the league despite their recent blip in results. I understand that they played really well on Saturday against Peterhead and were unfortunate to come up against an inspired goalkeeper in Paul Jarvie and consequently lose the match 3-1. There is a thin line between success and failure in every game in this league this season and the teams that succeed will be those who win when they play well and can continue to pick up points when they don’t. Every team appears capable of going on a run of results that will have them challenging for promotion and confidence is proving to be a significant factor. Our confidence going into tonights game could not be higher with 4 wins and a draw in our last 5 league matches.
    Our match at Brechin on Saturday was another close encounter where we needed David Crawford to be at his absolute best to secure a point in very challenging conditions. Despite the loss of Scot Buist so early in the game the players showed great desire to win and determination not to lose. Stuart Noble scored a great goal early in the second half that I hoped would be enough to win the 3 points but Rory McAllister finally scored when we were temporarily down to 10 men with Mark Brown off the park after receiving treatment for an injury after a late challenge by Rory – it seems distinctly unfair that the offending team gains the advantage in these circumstances.
    This will be our fourth game with Cowdenbeath already this season and we currently hold a slim advantage with 2 draws and a very late victory when Mark Gilhaney scored in the Scottish Cup replay. We realise that there’s very little between the two sides and it may well be a bit of luck or a special piece of individual skill that proves to be the difference tonight. With Stirling Albion having games in hand it’s important that we win our home games if we hope to put pressure on them later in the season and that’s what we will be aiming to do tonight.
    On the injury front both Mark Gilhaney and Kevin Welsh are making good progress and should feature in the squad soon although it will be the end of the month before Chris Townsley can be considered. We also hope to have Dougie Wilson returning to training in the near future after having the plate removed from his leg and it would be a fantastic boost if he was able to play a part before the season ends.
    As always I thank you for your support and hope you enjoy tonights game.

    Allan Maitland

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