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    Paul Hartley previews Clyde game 

    Saturday, August 13, 2011 2:45:13 AM

    Today I would like to extend a warm welcome to Jim Duffy, Chic Charnley, the players, supporters and directors of Clyde FC as they visit Recreation Park for today’s SFL Irn Bru Division Three league match. I have worked with Jim at Hearts when he was assistant to Graham Rix and director of football, so he is someone I know pretty well. Under Jim’s guidance Clyde FC have had a great start to the season, defeating Second Division side Brechin City at Glebe Park 4-2 in the Scottish Communities Cup and last Saturday defeated pre season favourites, Peterhead 2-0 at Broadwood, so we know we will be in for another tough afternoon again today. I was delighted with the result at Stranraer last week, it was a good three points for us, although we have to thank our goalkeeper Scott Bain for keeping us in the game in the first half; however it was a much improved performance in the second half. It was nice to see Kevin Cawley getting his first competitive goal for the club, he worked extremely hard and his overall play was excellent. I have been delighted with our start to the season, we always said that we wanted to hit the ground running and we did that returning with such an important victory, it is never an easy game going down to Stranraer so I was delighted to come back with the three points. Ryan Caddis due to his red card last week at Stranraer, will now miss our next two games, which starts today, Ryan is not the type of player to get involved, he is not a dirty player, I think he was just a little bit unfortunate with the challenge. These are the things which start to stretch squads, suspensions and injuries. We are also still nursing knocks to both Darren Young and Mark McCullagh, who today’s game might come just too early, but they will be given every chance, however the guys have been great and showed great spirit last week and that’s what we are looking for, going 2-1 down, we got them in at half-time and told them they could do so much better and the reaction I got in the second half was positive and we showed real battling qualities and then scored a terrific winner thanks to Kevin.
    Today we will have to be at the top of our game if we want to continue our good run of form, Clyde have already shown this season just how dangerous they can be, it will be a true saying that there will be no easy games in the league this season, home or away. Although we are delighted with our start to the season, it is only a start, anything we achieve this season will need to be merited on the park - enjoy today’s game.

    Paul Hartley
    Alloa Athletic FC

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