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    Paul Hartley Previews Berwick Rangers Game 

    Friday, February 10, 2012 12:44:04 PM

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to Ian Little and Robbie Horn , the players, coaches, supporters and directors of Berwick Rangers as they visit Recreation Park for the second time this season , we are looking forward to the game on the back of good results over Montrose, Peterhead and Queen’s Park but on our previous two games against Berwick Rangers we have failed to win, both games ending in draws, so I again expect another hard game having had two hard games already this season against them , a 1-1 draw at Recreation Park in October then after being 2-0 ahead in the last match in December and looking like going on to win the match, Berwick came back to draw 2-2 showing great fighting spirit. Ian Little has done a good job since being given the chance to manage the side, rewarded by winning the Manager of the month award at the end of the year. We will need to make sure we are ready for the game, in our focus, and our concentration levels are high even although we have been doing well recently. I can’t praise my players highly enough they have been terrific but they know there is still a lot of hard work to go, I know it’s an old cliché but we must just take one game at a time – we are in a good position but we know how football can turn so easily, so the players need to keep their standards high and maintain the way that they are playing. We are looking forward to the game, the players are playing at the top of their game just now but we must keep it going.

    I have a fully fit squad to choose from which is a good headache to have, obviously there will be players who will be disappointed if they are not playing or being on the bench but it is a squad game and there has been times this season when we have had to use the full pool of players and all I ask is that they are ready when called upon.

    We are trying to stay level headed knowing there is still so much hard work to be done, we set our targets at the start of the season to get in the top four and that is still our target – we don’t talk about anything else and we will continue to work towards this goal and take on each game as it comes, not looking too far ahead.

    Now we are at the top of the league it has been pleasing to see fans returning to watch their club again, with the fans getting behind the team it helps encourage the players to give you the results which will hopefully see more fans return to Recreation Park, enjoy the game.

    Paul Hartley

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