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    Managers preview Stirling Albion game 

    Friday, November 07, 2008 7:20:29 AM

    Today we welcome our near neighbours, Stirling Albion, to the 'Recs' as we try to continue our good home record , which is in stark contrast to our dreadful away form. Last week's defeat at Raith Rovers brought our record to 6 defeats from 6 games with visits to Stranraer, Ayr and East Fife remaining in the second quarter - none of which appear particularly comfortable considering our previous form. I am very much aware of the fact that we need to address this problem sooner rather than later if we hope to get away from the bottom end of the league as well as dealing with a very difficult Scottish Cup Tie at Raith Rovers at the end of the month. Our last 2 home matches provided much needed full points with victories against Arbroath and Peterhead in games that we played really well at times - the win against Peterhead was put into perspective last Saturday when they managed to beat Brechin City 5 -1. I know that most people will look at the park as being the main reason for the difference and site that as an advantage for us in the home games but I would argue that our away form suggests that it is very much against us overall as we have obviously failed to adjust properly when on our travels.
    Andy Scott scored a magnificent early goal for us last week and I would have liked us to build on that and frustrate our opponents but unfortunately we conceded a soft penalty just moments later when Fraser Forrest handled after being caught out by an unusual bounce on the wet surface. The advantage we had worked for disappeared and Raith Rovers were able to show why they're at the top of the league with a real high tempo game. Andy's goal was a definite contender for our goal of the season although Fraser and Jinky may well contest that after their superb strikes against Arbroath and Stirling respectively.
    Allan Moore will be relieved that his team managed a late winner against Stranraer last week and he has, in my opinion, done a fantastic job again this season after losing so many good players in the summer. Chris Aitken, Steven Bell, Laurie Ellis and Paul Nugent are all difficult players to replace but Allan has managed to add experience and youth to his squad with young Liam Corr now making a big impact on their season. Unfortunately for us we were there to witness Liam scoring his first goal for the club when Stirling beat us 3 - 2 at Forthbank earlier in the season.
    As a local derby we must ensure that we raise the tempo of our game and find a way to cause Stirling some problems while also showing greater levels of concentration at the back. I understand fully how much it means to our supporters to beat Stirling and we will be doing everything we can to make that happen.

    Thank you for your support.

    Allan Maitland

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