Management thoughts on Fernieside yesterday.

Posted on Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Mike says –

“Tynecastle are an excellent side with two or three exceptional players so it stands to reason that Sam and I are delighted we picked up the three points yesterday. As a club Tynecastle have come a long way in the last few seasons both on and off the park. On the park they are now contenders for all competitions in East of Scotland football and must be treated with respect by us all. Off the park the new pavilion is streets ahead of the old portacabin. It’s a pity for a team who try to play the ball on the ground that the Council can’t send along a roller when they are lining and cutting the park. The condition of the pitch hindered two good teams from playing football in the correct manner and with chances not being taken in the defensive third, it turned out more of a “long ball” day than both management teams would have wanted.    

Although we created more chances the first half was fairly even but we stepped up the pace in the second. Our experience, fitness levels and being able to bring quality off the bench for the final push saw us more likely to add to our two goals rather than losing the very late goal as we did. That put a bit of a damper on proceedings and I felt a bit flat immediately after the game as I thought Dan and Kevin especially, deserved a clean sheet. As it set in than we had increased our lead at the top of the league to 8 points the smile returned to my face and I was able to enjoy my post match pint.

We have five league games left and are at home to Selkirk at the Academy next week. It took an own goal with less than 10 minutes to go at Yarrow Park 8 days ago to pick up the points and the players will be reminded of that a few times this week. As for selecting the team Sam and I will have a pleasant headache as next Saturday approaches. I’ve said who I hoped to bring in the follow week in my last couple of Sunday round-ups but I’ll leave well alone this morning.

All I will say is despite being 8 points clear Whitehill can go 5 points ahead of us and it’s therefore their league to loose. We need everyone in our squad to be on their toes and desperate to play. Sam and I can’t keep everybody happy every Saturday but we hope to make them realise that each and everyone of them is as important as each other and will play their part in trying to retain the title.

Some things are easier said than done.”

Next Fixture

Date: Saturday 13th April
Opponent: Stranraer FC
Venue:Ainslie Park
Competition: SPFL 2
Kick off: 3.00pm

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