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    Paul Hartley previews derby match 

    Saturday, November 26, 2011 2:31:23 PM

    Today I would like to extend a warm welcome to John Coughlin, Matt Kerr and the players, supporters and directors of East Stirlingshire FC as they visit Recreation Park for a local derby clash.
    The team had been on a good run of form prior to last weeks enforced break due to having been knocked out of this season’s Scottish Cup. While I’m disappointed to still not being involved in the cup it lets us concentrate on our league form and in gathering seven points out of a possible nine in our last three league fixtures, which was pleasing. Some of our football has been great to watch and we so nearly could have taken full points but to a late mistake, which happens in football, we will certainly be looking to bounce back again today. I believe that we have a good squad at the club at the moment and we are working hard in terms of trying to get the players to have real belief in themselves. I was pleased to see Armand scoring his first competitive goal for the club at Peterhead in our last match, it has not quite worked out for him yet, but he is now off and running, he scored 23 goals last season and that’s the reason I brought him to the club, the goal will help his confidence, lets hope he can build on it.
    We will not under estimate today’s opponents East Stirlingshire who are currently at the foot of the league table, they are a well organised side who we have watched in their past couple of matches, they will come here today believing that they can take something from today’s fixture. It is up to us, however, being at home, to take the game to East Stirlingshire and we will be focused on doing just that. We will have to do without the services of both Ryan McCord and Stevie Masterton for today’s game, Ryan is serving a one match suspension, while Stevie is still suffering from a tackle received at Broadwood against Clyde recently, both players will be missed from the side but it gives other players an opportunity to show just what they can do.
    Every game is difficult in this league but we will do our best to secure three more vital league points today against East Stirlingshire, if we play to our standards we have set at this club we can win this match, and that is our sole focus.
    Your backing does give the players a boost and drives them on and, together, hopefully we can enjoy a successful outcome.

    Enjoy the game
    Paul Hartley
     



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