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    Allan Maitland previews Forfar Athletic game 

    Friday, February 11, 2011 1:45:27 PM

    We extend a warm welcome to the “Recs” to Dick and Ian Campbell along with the players, directors and supporters of Forfar Athletic as we look to arrest the run of poor results that have put our promotion ambitions in serious jeopardy. Our defeat last week against Dumbarton was desperately disappointing and certainly avoidable. Once again we caused our own problems with defensive errors that allowed Dumbarton to take a two goal lead but we showed great spirit to get the game back on level terms with goals from Kevin Motion and Bryan Prunty and at that time we looked a good bet to score a winner. However we conceded another cheap free kick that led to a poorly conceded goal that proved to be the winner.
    Our run of results haS been terrible and I completely understand the frustrations and disappointment felt by the supporters and wish to assure you that we feel exactly the same. This is a time for everyone to pull together to address the problems and concentrate on doing the good things that we are capable of and playing to our strengths. The board have shown great patience and support by allowing me to bring Kevin, Nathan and James to the club and I hope that they will help us return to winning ways.
    By a strange twist of fate we follow today with a trip to Forfar on Tuesday night and this double header will go a long way in showing if we are capable of putting in challenge for a top four play off spot or working hard to avoid a relegation fight. Our opponents today are currently in pole position for a play off spot and their recent form means that we will need to show improvements in all areas if we expect to take the three points we desire. The fixture congestion caused by the weather in December and January will be a problem for a number of clubs and Forfar have a huge pile up of fixtures that will undoubtedly stretch their squad to the limit. We must aim to put pressure on these sides by winning as many games as possible in February and March to give ourselves a chance of making the final weeks of the season crucial. Football works very much on momentum and confidence and that comes from getting into a winning or losing habit. With the quality of players we have at this club there is no reason we can’t start winning games and we would dearly like that to begin today.
    As always I would like to thank you for your backing and hope we can give you the result your support deserves.
    I hope you enjoy today’s game.
    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager
     



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