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    Manager Previews Albion Rovers Game 

    Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:54:27 AM

    Welcome along to today’s game against Albion Rovers. I would like to start by welcoming Brian Kerr, his staff and everyone else connected to their club. As you will know there are a couple of familiar faces among the Rovers ranks today and I would like to welcome both Graeme Holmes and Jason Marr back to the club. They were both great servants of the club and I’m sure they will prove to be valuable additions to Brian Kerr’s squad too.

    Rovers are coming here today off the back of a four nil defeat last weekend at the hands of Stranraer. I’m sure Brian will be looking for a reaction from his players and it is for that reason we are expecting another very difficult game. Our home form has been excellent up to now and we hope to maintain that today. I make no apologies for repeating the importance of making The Indodrill a difficult place for opposition teams to come, as good home form is vital for any team to be a success.

    I was delighted with last week’s performance down in Ayr, it was the best we’ve played as a team for a number of weeks. Although I believe a draw was a fair result over the whole piece, it was still extremely gut wrenching to concede so late on with virtually the last kick of the game. We now know how Forfar felt the week before when we snatched a late winner in the dying moments ourselves. Some people say it evens itself out over the season and maybe that is the case. The lads showed great character against Forfar to come from a goal down, and from my point of view it is very satisfying to know they will never give up and continue to fight to the very last kick every week. It also goes to show how good their fitness levels are, they are a credit to themselves for how professional they are away from the club and I sincerely doubt there is a part time team in the country that works harder than they do.

    Talking of fitness we have had one or two concerns over a number of players in recent weeks. Andy Graham saw a specialist during the week for the shoulder injury he sustained against Dundee Utd, and unfortunately we have been advised that he must rest it up for six weeks in order to let it heal properly. Ryan Hoggan has an issue with his foot and hasn’t been available for the last four weeks. Thomas Grant has a virus of which we haven’t quite got to the end of yet and we will send him for more tests in the coming days. Callum Crane has recovered from a knee issue and PJ Crossan should be available again today after the hamstring strain he picked up against Airdrie a few weeks ago. Declan McDonald Is another one with a slight strain and we hope to have him available in the coming weeks. As disappointing as it can be when lads get injured it is also an opportunity for someone else to step in and show what they’ve got. We have good competition for places and that is why we put such a strong squad together in the summer to help with circumstances like injuries and suspensions.

    I hope you enjoy the game today and thanks as always for your great support. Please continue to get behind the team and encourage them as best you can for the 90 minutes.

    Regards,

    Jim.

     

     



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