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    Allan Maitland previews Ayr Utd game 

    Friday, September 10, 2010 4:57:01 PM

    Today we welcome Brian Reid, Scott McKenzie, the players, directors and supporters of Ayr United to the “Recs” for only our second home fixture of the league campaign. Having watched Ayr United narrowly lose to Partick Thistle last week in the Alba Cup I know that we will have a really difficult game ahead of us today. In the second half Ayr created numerous chances and only a superb save from Bryn Halliwell prevented an equaliser. I was very impressed by Mark Roberts, Andy Rodgers and Alan Trouten and realise that we will need to defend properly and concentrate throughout if we want to win.
    After a very disappointing display and result at Brechin the previous week the International break last weekend came at a good time for us. I fully understand that we cannot win every game we play however I expect a standard of application and commitment which was strangely missing at Brechin, especially in the first half. After long discussions with Wardy, Ronnie and the players I hope that we have identified areas that we can improve the preparation to the players benefit. On a plus side I was pleased to see David Gormley score his first goal of the season and I know that both he and Bryan Prunty would love to score today against their old team. The break also gave Stuart Noble, David McClune and Dougie Wilson a bit more time to get over their injuries and at least two of them may be available for today’s fixture.
    Today also sees the return of David Crawford to the Recs for the first time since his departure in the summer and I hope that the supporters will remember Davie as their player of the season last year and give him a decent reception. Obviously we didn’t get the opportunity to properly say goodbye to Davie as he left unexpectedly, however we are fortunate to have replaced him with Stevie Robertson and Jamie Ewings whom I consider to be equal, if not better than DC. The transfer window closed at the end of August without any changes to our squad - as I said before I have full confidence in this squad of players and expect us to continue improving as the season progresses.
    Finally I wish to offer my best wishes to Aberdeen player Fraser Fyvie & Ewen Cameron who is recovering from a hip operation – get well soon.
    I hope you all enjoy today’s game.


    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager

     



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