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    Allan Maitland previews Peterhead game 

    Friday, March 25, 2011 2:18:02 PM

    I’d like to offer a warm welcome to John Sheran, the players, coaches, directors and supporters of Peterhead FC that have made the long journey down for today’s game. It is so unusual to see Peterhead propping up the league table and the appointment of John Sheran as the replacement for Neale Cooper was obviously done quickly to try and give the club the best opportunity of staving off relegation to the third division. While we understand the importance of the match for our opponents we are also fully aware of our own need to start winning games to ensure our own safety this season, which should make today’s game exciting for all concerned.
    Although John watched the 2 each draw with Stenhousemuir on Tuesday night, today’s game will be his first game in charge of Peterhead and that will undoubtedly give the players a fresh impetus and approach to the match. With attacking players of the quality of Denis Wyness, Martin Bavidge, Nicky Clark, David Ross, Graeme Sharp and Conor Gethins, John has plenty of attacking options at his disposal and will feel that his team are capable of scoring the goals needed to win matches. I would like to take this opportunity of wishing John good luck for the future (after today) and know that he is joining a well run club with great ambitions to succeed.
    Our game with Brechin City last weekend was certainly eventful and with the number of injuries we picked up during the game we were pleased to pick up a hard fought point. Despite losing an early soft goal the players showed a strength of character to get back on level terms before half time with Scott Walker scoring after good work by Bryan Prunty. Jim Lister then scored an excellent second goal after the break and we had two or three good opportunities of extending our lead before Brechin equalised midway through the second half. By that time Darren Smith, Brown Ferguson and Bryan Prunty had all come off with injuries and we suffered another blow when Ross Philp was stretchered off with a knee injury that looks to have ended his season. To compound our problems Andy Scott was also injured and it looked as if we’d be down to nine men for the remaining 15 minutes but he displayed great courage in going back on the pitch and filling a space for the remainder of the game to help us secure a much needed point. Following the encouraging performance at Ayr the previous week the players again displayed they’re desire to fight and improve the terrible run of results we’ve had since the turn of the year. Fraser Forrest has come back in for these two games and attacked the ball as a centre back should while keeping the rest of the game simple. I have also been pleased with the return of Brown Ferguson, Nathan Taggart and David McClune at a vital stage of the season and today should also see Kevin Motion and Billy Gibson returning from suspension which should balance against the fresh injuries picked up last week. We have struggled for any consistency in team selection, performances and results this season but hope that we can finish the season in better form. To win today would be a huge boost for everyone connected with the club but we understand that to achieve that we will need to concentrate fully against a side that will be keen to impress their new manager and also determined to start winning games.
    I hope you all enjoy today’s game and that we can bring you the victory your support deserves.
    Allan Maitland
    Team Manager


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