Declan McManus makes debut
Sunday, August 04, 2013 7:12:06 PM
I am delighted to be playing with Alloa Athletic, Derek McInnes had said during the week that Paul had been asking about me which pleased me and this would allow me to get a run of first team football. Basically, today’s game was my first ever start as a first team player and I really enjoyed it. In the first half it was really hard to set up any partnership with Andy Kirk due to the conditions but I always felt in my mind if we could get through the first half we would come back into the game in the second half. We certainly took the game to them in the second half with the wind behind us. It was good to be part of the winning side and to give Paul Hartley his first victory in a cup competition. My first year as a full time professional Paul Hartley was my captain at Aberdeen so I knew him well – and he used to drive me home to Glasgow. I was buzzing that he had asked for me because I knew how professional he was and I knew it would be a well run club at Alloa. When I went down and met with the players on Thursday I absolutely loved it and I am looking forward to the next six months with Alloa Athletic. All the players were very welcoming on Thursday which made it very easy to settle in and today it just showed how good the team spirit is. Today wasn’t about me scoring – it was about the team winning and getting through to the next round of the cup which was great for me as I was celebrating my 19th birthday today! I expect the standard in the SPFL Championship to be very high. I jumped at the chance to come to Alloa Athletic and hopefully I can reward them with a few goals.