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    Sunday, February 06, 2011 3:54:49 AM

    I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Alan Adamson, Peter Allan and Rab Sneddon who make their first visits to Alloa as the management team of Dumbarton FC. Their victory at Airdrie on Tuesday night will have given them strong belief that they can stay in this division after a really disappointing first half to the season. In many ways it appears they may have benefited from the games being off which has given them time to gel the squad and also allowed various injuries to clear. I know Rab from his time in charge of various junior clubs where he enjoyed great success (most notably Pollok and Blantyre Vics).
    Our recent disappointing defeats at Dumbarton and Peterhead are very much at the forefront of our minds as we look to get our season back on track and we need to be much harder to beat if we hope to revive our play off hopes. The transfer window has given us the opportunity to make changes to our squad and during that time we allowed both John Grant and David Gormley to leave (Berwick Rangers and Elgin City respectively). I have added Kevin Motion, Nathan Taggart and James Bloom and expect them to provide freshness to the squad as well as qualities that have been missing over the last couple of months. With James doing well here on loan last season Falkirk were keen on allowing him to return and I hope he can provide the same drive and success again. Kevin and Nathan are players I have admired from their time at Stenhousemuir and Stirling Albion and both are excellent players – Kevin has a great range of passing and is very composed on the ball while Nathan is much more direct and is capable of winning games with a piece of individual skill not dissimilar to Dougie Wilson. When both players became available I had no hesitation in bringing them to the club and wish them well.
    I was pleased to see Jim Lister play so well at Peterhead last week and the only thing missing from his game was the goal that his performance deserved. With Bryan Prunty returning from injury and Stuart Noble scoring again last week we have good striking options that should provide goals if we create the opportunities. Our problems in defence have been highlighted by the two recent defeats and despite changing various personnel and systems the goals conceded remain a major problem for us that needs to be addressed. Our challenge last season was built on a secure defensive base that meant that scoring a goal almost guaranteed a point and scoring twice was usually enough to secure all three points. With the introduction of the new players we need to look at the season as starting all over again and ensure that our application, pride and determination allows us to return to being a force in this league. No team has a devine right to win football matches and we are certainly no different – I still have great faith in our players and expect that faith to be repaid over the coming months.
    It is with regret that I have to report that Dougie “Jinky” Wilson has asked to be released from his contract as he is unable to continue playing through the pain barrier. He has not yet fully recovered from the broken ankle injury he sustained at Raith Rovers in Feb 2009 and now feels he needs to give it complete rest until the summer to see if that helps. Obviously I respect his wishes and hope he can return to playing in the future.
    Finally I would like to thank the supporters to travelled to Dumbarton and Peterhead and backed the team – I fully understand your frustrations and want you to know that the players and management team are working to make things better.
    Allan Maitland
     



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