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    Manager previews Dumbarton game 

    Friday, September 17, 2010 5:10:21 PM

    I’d like to offer a warm welcome to the “Recs” to Jim Chapman, the coaches, directors and supporters of Dumbarton. Jim took the unusual and brave decision to hold a question and answer session on the day of a match last week before their game against Stenhousemuir, which I assume must have been something he was really keen to do after the disappointing start to the season. I admire his determination to meet the challenge head on and explain to the fans his hopes for the club. He was rewarded with the team’s first victory of the season when the impressive Derek Carcary scored the only goal of the match – I sure Dumbarton will gain confidence from that result and will soon move up the table. There is no doubt that their win last week will make today’s game so much more difficult and we will need to be at our best if we hope to take the three points we desire.
    Our performance last Saturday against Ayr United was superb and the only real question at the end was why we only managed to score twice in the second half when we created so many chances, although Alan Main deserves credit for his excellent saves. My message to the players at the end was that we need to use that performance as the benchmark for our season and make sure that we don’t allow a repetition of the first half at Brechin. The supply to our strikers from midfield was excellent with Darren Smith and Kevin McDonald providing so much of our creative play while John Grant was doing a lot of the leg work to enable them to flourish. However those three were eclipsed by David Gormley who had his best 90 minutes in an Alloa shirt and thoroughly merited his man of the match award – his application in training this season has been superb and I believe his fitness and confidence has never been higher. I know that there were eyebrows raised when I signed Jim Lister from Bathgate but he now looks like a player very comfortable in this division and completely settled at our club – his goals have helped but the big man has come here with a determination to do well and has an infectious enthusiasm for the game. He definitely gives a different dimension to our attacking options from last season and with Bryan Prunty scoring regularly we have a real attacking threat. I expect Stuart Noble and Andy Scott to add to these options in the near future when they return from injury and illness.
    In my opinion we have had a decent start to the season and we need to win three of our next four games to make this an excellent start. I realise that will be difficult when you look at the games (Dumbarton and Forfar at home, Peterhead and Airdrie away) but we are a club looking to be successful and I want everyone to know the standards I expect. The squad of players is better now than at any time in Wardy and my reign at the club and we hope we can continue the form shown last week.
    I hope you all enjoy today’s game.

    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager

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