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    Allan Maitland previews Clyde match 

    Saturday, March 06, 2010 3:49:17 AM

    Good afternoon and welcome to “the Recs” for today’s league match against Clyde, which I expect to be a very difficult match against a side that have added quality players during the transfer window in their quest to avoid relegation. My welcome is to John McCormack, his coaches, the players, the directors and of course the travelling Clyde supporters who have always given me a warm reception on my visits back to Broadwood. I wasn’t overly disappointed when the game was cancelled on Tuesday night as I believe that back to back games against the same opposition are extremely difficult to deal with and as I mentioned earlier Clyde have so many new players for us to contend with. John McCormick has added John Stewart, Willie Kinniburgh, Adam Strachan, Neil McGowan and Kris Doolan to his squad and these are players we know have the ability to significantly improve the team. He has also added two unknown quantities in Aleksandrs Gramovics and fellow Latvian Dmitrijs Borisovs and the Bully Wee Army will hope that these players will become favourites in the same way that Ritchie McCusker, Pat Keogh, Andy McClay, Allan Grant, Bryan Smith, Ian Spittal, Craig Cranmer and Stevie Convery managed when they joined Clyde without anyone in the “senior” game knowing much about them. While their position may seem somewhat desperate, it is not too different to our own in 2005 when we had 10 points from 23 games yet managed to accumulate sufficient points to make the relegation play off’s (at Dumbarton’s expense) which we subsequently won. The transformation comes with the confidence that winning games gives players and it’s a wonderful habit.
    I watched Stirling draw 1 – 1 with Stenhousemuir on Tuesday night and despite the early goal they struggled to get any real supremacy in the game. The longer the match progressed the more it looked as though "Stenny” would clinch all 3 points and it reminded me of how desperate we were when we struggled to cope with the expectation of winning against Arbroath in January. Our victory here last Saturday against Peterhead (despite BBC and SKY’s best efforts to please Allan Moore and Jim Duffy) showed how much we’ve improved in such a short time. We were excellent in the first half and deserved more than going in level at half time but in the second half we showed a great deal of patience, which we’ve not been renowned for, and created a number of chances before Andy Scott finally scored what proved to be the winner. Stuart Noble deservedly won his man of the match but we had so many players who played well and special mention should go to Gary Carroll, Mark Gilhaney, John Grant and Andy Scott who constantly pressed the game and were instrumental in a fine performance. Bryan Prunty has been brought to the club to score goals but we’re getting so much more with his movement and ability bringing the best out of our attacking players. With Kevin Welsh and Mark McCafferty both ill last week, I yet again asked Scott Walker to play left back and his willingness to apply himself wherever needed for the good of the team is greatly appreciated and speaks volumes for an excellent professional. I expect Kevin and Mark to have recovered for today, which will be compensation for the loss of Scot Buist who again aggravated his hamstring and will need a couple of weeks to recover.
    We are now in a busy month of football that will go a long way to determining our fate this season and we could not be better placed with a superb squad of players who are producing wonderful performances and results in every game. There will be set backs to deal with but with your support I believe we can succeed.
    As always I thank you for your support and hope you enjoy today’s game.


    Allan Maitland
     



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