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    Paul Hartley previews Peterhead match 

    Friday, August 26, 2011 3:31:18 PM

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to John Sheran, Graeme Park and the players, supporters and directors of Peterhead FC as they visit Recreation Park for today’s SFL Irn Bru Division Three league match, both sides have had to rebuild their sides after being relegated at the end of last season from Division Two, therefore both sides will be tipped to do well this season in trying to bounce back to Division Two at the first attempt. We have already faced Peterhead in our opening game of this season in the Ramsden’s Cup, which proved to be a very tight affair, Peterhead winning through courtesy of a penalty shoot out.

    At Annan last week we had a disappointing result losing 2-0 in a game where we had a lot of possession but failed to create too many clear cut chances which was the biggest disappointment to me, this was in contrast to our last home match against Clyde when we created so many chances but failed to take them in a game we should have had sown up long before Clyde equalised with a late penalty. Today the players will need to bounce back and show real character against a strong Peterhead side who will be encouraged by winning their first league points this season last week against East Stirlingshire. We know what to expect, we have seen them, played against them already this season and had them watched, so they will be very dangerous opponents today, it will be another tough game.
    Going into today’s game we hope to have players coming back into contention – Scott Bain and Ryan Caddis return after serving their period of suspension, while Peter Innes should return after a viral infection, Darren Young trained in midweek, he is a big player for us and club captain so we are hopeful he can return today, this would give me a full squad to pick from, which is a good problem to have.
    We are looking forward to the game and if we can play as we did against Clyde and take some of the chances we created that day that would be what I would be looking for against Peterhead today. Peterhead in the close season greatly strengthened their team by signing striker Rory McAllister a player I’m sure lots of clubs would love to have, Peterhead are very fortunate to have him, he is a very good striker but hopefully we can keep an eye on him and it is our players who are at their dangerous best on Saturday.

    Paul Hartley
    Alloa Athletic FC

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