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    Manager Previews Forfar Game 

    Saturday, September 09, 2017 1:19:36 AM

    Jim Goodwin Previews Forfar Athletic Match

    We are looking forward to the game and are expecting another very difficult league encounter. We spoke at the start of the season about how we wanted to make The Indodrill a difficult place for visiting teams to come and I think we’ve shown that in our first two home games against Raith and Queens Park. We hope to carry on our good home form today and give you the fans something to cheer about after two disappointing away results recently. Our performance against Airdrie two weeks ago was below par and the players realise that. To win game s in this league you have to do the basics well first and foremost and unfortunately we didn’t do that against Airdrie. I thought our performance against Dundee Utd last weekend was very reassuring and gave me great confidence in what we are trying to do as a group. Everyone who was present at the game is in agreement that the end result was not a fair reflection on the game. The lads were terrific on the day and if we manage to replicate that performance consistently on a weekly basis we will be absolutely fine.

    On an injury front we have been quite unlucky lately. Andy Graham came off with a shoulder injury last week and is one we are not sure about for today’s game. Hopefully by the time you are reading this we will have a better idea of what the extent of his injury is. PJ Crossan is back at Celtic for treatment on a hamstring injury picked up against Airdrie which is very disappointing as we worked hard to get that deal done and I feel PJ can add some real pace to our side. Hopefully we will have him back in a couple of weeks. Callum Crane picked up a knock on his knee in the Airdrie game also and Ryan Hoggan is out long term with a foot injury. Craig Malcolm will return to the squad today after his absence from Saturday’s game.

    Although we as a group aren’t satisfied with our league position at the moment, we are very confident of climbing the table and mounting a serious challenge to the teams at the top in the coming weeks. Promotion was never won in September and there is a he’ll of a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season. I would ask for you the supporters to continue to get behind the team and know that the players are always very appreciative of the continued encouragement you give them on a match day.

    Thanks as always and enjoy the game.

    Jim

     



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