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    Paul Hartley previews Stranraer game 

    Friday, April 20, 2012 6:51:55 PM

    Today I would like to extend a warm welcome to Keith Knox and Chris Aitken, the players, coaches, supporters and directors of Stranraer as they visit Recreation Park for the second time this season, we are looking forward to the game and know Stranraer have been one of the best teams we have faced in the division this season and are also top goalscorers in the division so we will threat them with the utmost respect.
    Our last home game against Elgin City was a fantastic occasion and on winning the Championship in such style on the day in was brilliant, we have played some wonderful football this season and been the best team by far, the players have been brilliant, it is a magnificent achievement and I can’t thank my players enough for what they have done this season – their attitude, commitment, their desire to win, work rate, everything that has been asked from them, but it has not just been the players but everyone at the club who have worked as a team – the chairman for giving me the chance in management. It has not just been about myself, we have put a team together and got them to play in a certain way, to try and entertain but also win games, we have done that and never looked to change that all season, we kept playing the way that we know how to play because of the players we have at this club and we have now got our reward because the players have been absolutely wonderful and give me everything each week so I can’t ask any more from them. It been a sheer joy, I would like to thank everybody my assistant manager, coaches, physio, goalkeeping coach, kit men, the chairman and directors it has been a real team effort as we have a pulled together – you work hard and get your rewards, but you still need a fair bit of ability to get with it and we have managed to do that, I can’t thank everyone enough.
    We now look forward to today’s game against Stranraer, it will be another hard game, we will be up for it, we still want to win every game until the end of the season and we will look forward to receiving the league trophy on the final day of the season, that is the most important thing, we are champions and we still want to show people why we are champions and why we deserve to be the winners, we have done alright this season and I’m sure we will be fine today, I know how my players respond, I totally trust them, we are all raring to go, it’s a great thing to have and we look forward to the game, hopefully there will be a good crowd and we go and have a go at entertaining them.

    Paul Hartley


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