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Dunfermline v Clyde

Colin Hendry spoke to www.clydefc.co.uk ahead of The Bully Wee’s trip to East End Park tomorrow and affirmed his favourable views on Dunfermline, despite their current league position:-

“I still think they’ve got really good players. For whatever reason it hasn’t happened for them so far this season, but that’s not for me to comment on. Who knows though, they might still be there or thereabouts by the end of the season, it’s not impossible.

“Their Board has made a decision this week and that may make the match tougher for us but I am only concerning myself with our game. We’ve been to St.Johnstone and Dundee in our last two away matches and, going on those performances, we should have no fears; we can win this game.

“We’ll have to do a good job and keeping another clean sheet may prove to be decisive. Everyone knows we have problems up front but I’m confident we can create enough chances to win the match if we do well at the other end.”

The Clyde Manager responded to comments about his decision to play Roddy MacLennan up front last week and went on to talk a bit more about tactics and personnel, including Evangelino Valentim:-

“I thought Roddy was better up front and than on the wing against Montrose but last week we didn’t pass the ball as we should have and that meant that he didn’t see a lot of the ball. He is better with the ball at his feet but unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to see that.

“There is a time and a place for playing ‘route 1’ football – just ask Martin O’Neill or Alex Ferguson – and we’ll do it if need be, especially at this time of year when pitches can deteriorate.

“Evangelino will play a part in that but I think we have to be careful about starting him in a match and going out to play that way as it restricts you. I want us to continue starting matches trying to play the game in the right way and then see what is required.”

Colin finished by commenting on what a tough and vitally important month December will be for Clyde:-

“There are a lot of matches coming up and a run of good or bad results can make a big difference either way at this time of year. Unfortunately we have a lot of injuries, as was covered on the website earlier in the week, so we’re going to see how some of our youngsters cope. I know they are all capable though.”