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    Paul Hartley previews derby game 

    Saturday, March 10, 2012 5:02:12 AM

    Today I would like to extend a warm welcome to John Coughlin & Matt Kerr , the players, coaches, supporters and directors of East Stirlingshire as they visit Recreation Park for the second time this season , we are looking forward to the game on the back of good results over Clyde and Annan Athletic, last weeks victory over Annan Athletic was a huge result for the club at a venue where in the past we have struggled, we were delighted to win on a pitch which was very heavy, the players were magnificent, showing a great fighting spirit to win the game and not just settle for a draw, the three points were important and at this stage of the season were very welcome. Today’s game against local neighbours East Stirlingshire will again be a very difficult game, earlier in the season we had to fight back to gain a point in a 1-1 draw, and in the past fortnight John Coughlin’s side have recorded two magnificent results beating Berwick Rangers 2-0 at Shielfield Park and last Saturday recorded the victory of the week winning 6-3 against Peterhead. Some people might have viewed the result as a surprise, but I know just how well organised John Coughlin has his team and they are a though team to play against but we are at home and we will go into the game with confidence, approaching the game in the proper way. In this league positions can mean nothing on the day and this will again be our hardest game of the season so far, that’s the way you have to look at your next game – last Saturday’s gone and it’s today’s game we must look forward to and try and get a positive result . We must take the game to our opponents, we are playing at home, we will need to be patient, keep the ball well and play with high tempo, certainly the players are looking forward to the match.
    I look forward to having a full squad to pick from again today, Ross McKinnon limped off with an ankle knock at Galabank but I hope he will have recovered to feature again in the squad today.

    Obviously there will be players who will be disappointed if they are not playing or being on the bench but it is a squad game and there has been times this season when we have had to use the full pool of players and all I ask is that they are ready when called upon.

    We are trying to stay level headed knowing there is still so much hard work to be done, we will continue to take each game as it comes, not looking too far ahead, encourage the players to give you the result which will hopefully continue our good home form, enjoy the game.

    Paul Hartley
     



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