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    Allan Maitland after Airdrie game 

    Sunday, October 17, 2010 11:37:01 AM

     First and foremost it’s really important win with the first quarter out of the way, if you sit at the end of the first quarter with 14 or 15 points then I think that is no where near enough if you are hoping to be in the challenge at the end of the league season so we are now sitting on 17 points, obviously that is a much better average and the big thing we have got to change is our away form and winning 1-0 here today is a great result.  I know that people will look at it and say that Airdrie were down to nine men, to that end we should have scored a second goal to make it more comfortable but even against nine men the objective was to stay professional and we limited Airdrie to very few chances apart from the one right at the end which made it seem closer but other than that I can’t recollect our goalkeeper having to make another serious save.  However we should have scored more than one goal– I thought we started the game particularly well – played well in the first half with great chances for Kevin McDonald and Bryan Prunty and could have been 2-0 up inside the first five minutes but we are just delighted to win.  Great to see Jim Lister getting his goal although Bryan Prunty was still trying to claim the goal as well – such is their passion to score, which is a great sign.  Airdrie are a very young team – there is no doubt discipline is a vital part of football and if you get to a situation where they are on top then the discipline won’t be a problem.  From our point of view the most important thing is not to give them that advantage – to make sure the advantage was with us – they were then chasing the game and then that element of indiscipline comes into it when decisions go against them.  To be fair I thought the referee handled everything absolutely spot on, including the bookings against us – I don’t think he had any choice with either of the red cards.  The first one was an absolute stone waller Rhys Devlin made no attempt to play the ball and the second sending off for Kieron Stallard I am not sure the referee was going to book him until he started mouthing off at the referee which was just silly.  I don’t think they left the referee with any option.  From our point of view it’s a shut out and a fantastic 3 points for us and I couldn’t be more pleased.  We worked on something on Tuesday night in preparation for today’s game, we looked at changing the shape of or our team and it didn’t work, that’s the benefit of having the park on a Tuesday night and trying that so we reverted back to our 4-4-2 formation today and it was a great result for us.

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