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    Saturday, July 26, 2008 6:09:57 AM


    Allan Maitland after Kilmarnock friendly
    That was another good exercise tonight, I thought it was a decent Kilmarnock side, albeit we are ahead of them in terms of when our first competitive game is, it was important we treated the game properly and in the first half we played well but lost a soft goal , Kilmarnock hadn’t really threatened much in the first half, I thought we had a couple of chances but was pleased to get the penalty when we did, it was a soft penalty but Graeme Brown was fouled, although we could have been given one earlier in the game. The second half I thought it was much more even, Kilmarnock put us under a lot of pressure but part of our game now is to learn and be able to defend better and I thought we did that. I thought our centre backs played well, Kilmarnock themselves might have had a shout for a penalty in the second half, but it is pre season and this was a great exercise for both teams. Are we ready for Saturday? Only Saturday will tell, our new people have settled down well, Jamie Stevenson took a knock that’s why he came off at half-time, and on top of that Jamie Hay and Pat Scullion both also took knocks in the game, there was a few tackles flying about tonight, but that’s what you want, to often pre season games have no bite, then you come to the real game and you are not ready for it, Kilmarnock played the game in the correct manner and gave us a real game, yes we would like to have scored near the end but 1-1, it is not the score that counts at this stage it is the fact that you play well and apply yourself.
    Looking forward to Saturday against Dundee, this is the type of game the players will love to play in, you want a game which has excitement and glamour about it, it might not be the game Dundee would have chosen, but it is exciting for us to have Dundee coming here. We will give it a go, and hopefully there will be a good crowd, I know Dundee went to Stirling last season and beat them 6-0 and are capable of doing that, equally they went to Queen of the South and lost, so we will see if it’s one of their bad days. We are under no illusions how though it will be, but Saturday is only another step towards the following week at Gayfield, which is the most important game for us.

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