Management thoughts on our trip to Victoria Park, Innerleithen

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011

Mike says –

“Tomorrow we head down to Innerleithen on Premier League duty. Our record down there against The Vale over the last few seasons has been mixed and we are well aware that the last time we tasted defeat to an East of Scotland side it was at the hands of our opponents this Saturday.

Robbie Horn, his staff, players and all at The Vale will have been looking for consolidation in our Premier Division this season as their first and most important goal. They now realise that along with the other promoted club  Stirling University they are better than that and I’m sure they both are capable of finishing near the top of the league and be challenging for silverware with the many cups we complete in the second half of the season.

I saw The Vale defeat Preston in the South Challenge Cup a week last Tuesday and they followed that up with an excellent result against the same team in the league last Saturday. When I saw them they impressed with the way they tried to play football and pass the ball on a bumpy surface recovering from the bad weather. As I say Robbie has his team playing the game in the right manner and I’m sure they’ll be in a buoyant mood for our visit to the Borders.

We played well last Saturday. Don’t get be wrong fortune favoured us on the day and we shouldn’t expect a kind bounce of the ball every week. The scoreline didn’t do Edinburgh City justice but for our part we did pass the ball well and we did create and finish the chances we created with aplomb. When we got back to playing a couple of weeks ago after the long enforced winter break Sam and I spoke to the players about how quickly we could hang the sign “Spartans – Business as Usual” up again. Well back to back victories has seen to that but tomorrow we play a team on the up who present us with a fresh and different challenge.  

David Etale, Stewart Fowlie and Jonathan Seeley are still unavailable for selection so the team Sam and I send out will be on the lines of the last two weeks. The next two league games are vital to our hopes this season and our players are well aware of that and looking forward to the job at hand. I hope you can make it down to watch the action.”


Next Fixture

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

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