Management thoughts on our trip to Fernieside tomorrow.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011

Mike says –

“Tomorrow is the first of the 5 league games we have left to play. With the league already won and the South of Scotland Challenge Cup Final on Sunday we will definitely rest 2 or 3 of the players who have played nearly every game and been the mainstay of the team this season.  Will that disrespect Tynecastle? I think not and I’m sure Murray and Davie would do exactly the same in our position. Will it give Tynecastle a better chance of a victory? Some would say “yes” but is that not being disrespectful to the players we bring in.

Who starts for us aside we are well aware Tynecastle will still be smarting over how events turned out at St Marks Park a few weeks back. That Sunday afternoon there was nothing between the sides and Tynecastle will rightly think that if they get the breaks tomorrow we got back then they will pick up the points on offer. Tynecastle are having a very good season and will be looking to finish in the top 3 so it’s a big game for them. I saw the first half of their game against the Vale last midweek and I was impressed by their movement and endeavour. They showed their fighting qualities on Saturday closing out their League Cup game against our South of Scotland Challenge Cup opponents so we know the challenge we face.  

We have had Jordan Finnie, Andrew Sinclair, Liam Donnelly, Liam Andrews, Murray Halliday and Sean Wringe from the Under 19’s involved with the First Team this season and we hope to start each and every one of them in our remaining league games but not all at once as that won’t be fair on them. Tomorrow Sam and I will try to put out the right mix to help the youngsters who start and be competitive at the same time.  As I said above only a few players have been involved in nearly every game and having an extra day with the Final being on Sunday we will still be able to involve 7 or 8 of the players from the Whitehill game on Saturday as well as having Donal Henretty back available. 

Fernieside is literally a home game for me and I’m looking forward a two minute drive up the road and a good game of football without any undue pressure.”


Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 27th April
Opponent: Peterhead
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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