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    Allan Maitland previews Aberdeen game 

    Monday, August 23, 2010 4:42:25 PM

    Tonight we welcome the mighty Aberdeen to the “Recs” for our second round tie in the CIS Cup and hope their large following enjoy much better weather conditions than they experienced here last year when it poured constantly throughout the entire match when we met in the Scottish Cup. I understand the media’s fascination with Aberdeen’s poor record in cup competitions in recent years but the change in personnel in Mark McGhee and Scott Leitch’s team over the summer makes this group almost unrecognisable from the side that struggled against lower league opposition last season. The return from injury of Zander Diamond, Sone Aluko, Peter Pawlett, Fraser Fyvie and Andy Considine has immediately made them better and the introduction of Mark Howard, Rory McArdle, Yoann Folly, Scott Vernon and Josh Magennis will have given the squad the freshness needed after a disappointing season. However the major coup for Mark has been the signing of Paul Hartley who has come in as his captain and will I’m sure give the young players the encouragement they need along with the benefit of his experiences of playing at the top level. The fact that he was able to score three penalties in the Dons first game was an added bonus and immediately endeared him to the “Red Army” who recognise what he can bring to their club.

    Having said that there is no doubt that by bringing so many new players together it may take time for them to gel and we will take heart from the fact that we’re at home and have started the season quite brightly. The players at this club will relish the opportunity of playing against SPL players and will hope that they can give Aberdeen something different from what they experience in a normal SPL match. I believe that we have become a better attacking side than we were last year although that invariably means that you are more open and more likely to concede goals – we are still trying to get that balance right but know that tonight presents us with an opportunity of giving our supporters a night to remember. We are under no illusion of the task ahead and know that for a shock result we need every player to play at his very best and hope that Aberdeen have an off night – difficult but certainly not impossible. As I’ve hinted at already this game will be much more difficult than any game against the Aberdeen side from last season.

    Our last home match against East Fife produced another high scoring game where a fantastic header from Jim Lister goal secured the points in a five goal thriller. The first half was without goals but not without incident with Andy Scott missing a penalty and a sitter while Stevie Robertson had a great save to prevent Bobby Linn from opening the scoring. Bryan Prunty scored early from close range in the second half but we soon found ourselves chasing the game after goals from Craig Johnson and Jonathan Smart. Thankfully we equalised when Kevin McDonald scored from the spot after being brought down in the box and then flighted a superb ball into the box for big Jim to bullet his header into the top corner. A repeat performance and result tonight would be greatly appreciated.

    I hope you all enjoy tonight’s game and as always would like to take the opportunity of thanking you for your support.       


    Allan Maitland

    Team Manager


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