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    Allan Maitlands previews East Fife game 

    Saturday, October 03, 2009 3:52:09 AM

    After the disappointment of last Saturday’s defeat against Arbroath, we are glad to be back at home today against East Fife, and we welcome Stevie Crawford to Recreation Park for his first visit as Player / Manager, along with his assistant Scott Crabbe who needs no introduction to the Alloa support having had a spell at the club as a player, also the directors, coaches, players and supporters of East Fife. East Fife started this season positively and victory last week against Clyde will be the reaction Stevie Crawford would have been looking for as he looks to stamp his own authority this season having taken over the side near the end of last season from Dave Baikie. When I look at the East Fife team we know that Paul McManus and Bobby Linn, in particular are capable of causing real problems and are such a danger, they are also not losing many games and will be though to beat this season, so we will have to play an awful lot better than last Saturday if we are to take something from today’s game. Last Saturday was a difficult enough fixture in the first place, especially with the numbers of players we had unavailable, but to lose John Grant so early in the game to a sending off and a penalty kick which was converted, made the job even more difficult, we looked to try and stay in the game for as long as possible, knowing that an opportunity would arise and we hoped to nick a goal. Unfortunately for Alloa Athletic that chance came in the final minute of the game and young 16 year old Jason Thomson was unfortunate to hit the bar with his shot. However I cannot fault the players for their application and I felt we played so much better than we had the week before at Stenhousemuir. I said earlier in the season that we should not get carried away when we were sitting at the top of the table and winning games, and equally we should not get to despondent when we lose two games 1-0, at the moment due to so many injuries, it is a case of keeping the team at the top end of the table and taking what we can out of the games and when everybody’s fit we hope to be able to go on another run of results, like which we started the season with. We hope to have Brian Carrigan and Stuart Noble available for today’s match, however John Grant will automatically miss today’s game due to last weeks red card and Scot Buist will be missing after a chest injury. Chris Townsley is an able replacement for Scot Buist who missed the start of this season due to injury, but will be keen to regain his place in the first team and show he is worthy of keeping his place. Brian Carrigan is such a vital player for us and the statistics show in the four games Brian has played this season we have managed to win them all with Brian scoring in two of the games, in the three games he has missed we have failed to win, so he will be given every chance to be fit for this Saturday.

    Finally I would ask the supporters to get behind the team today as we battle through this period without all our players being available, your support is always important to the team and already this season you have given excellent backing and help to us in difficult games.

    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager


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