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Chance to Shine in Reserves

Tue, 11th Nov 2008 5:31pm

Clyde reserves will meet Partick Thistle reserves tomorrow in a re-arranged Reserve League Cup fixture.

The match was previously advertised as being at Firhill at night, but was today switched to Lesser Hampden at 1pm.

It will represent a chance for players such as Michael Ohnesorge (pictured), Marc McCusker and Alan Lithgow to stake a claim for a first team place.

John Brown also reported today that Ricky Waddell is set to be out for about two weeks with a foot injury and he joins Neil McGregor and Paul Emslie on the list of players that are definitely unavailable for Saturday's match against St. Johnstone.

The Clyde boss took some time out to review the Bully Wee’s painful defeat on Saturday when he spoke to the official website and focussed on his choices in the line-up on Saturday:-

"We were aware of the threat that Kevin McKinlay posed Queen of the South last week and I wanted to combat it by placing Mark Brown on the right hand side; Mark’s extra height would nullify it with Pat Clarke backing him up. We wanted to keep them out but the first half was just not good enough.

"It was a local derby and I expected the boys to get up to speed but they were nervous and we’ve been addressing that this week in training. I’m not one for running the guys into the ground and our work this week has been focussed on using the ball effectively and getting the confidence of the squad up.

"I started with Marvyn at left-back as to be honest I haven’t been happy to date with what we’ve been getting from that position. The selection allowed us to be flexible, as it proved as we were able to switch Marv to midfield and play with three centre backs. We then settled and had a good period in the middle of the match with Alan Trouten and Div McKay making an impact when they came on but it was to no avail and Thistle’s second goal killed us. We have to last the 90 minutes and get going from the first whistle and we will be out to prove that on Saturday against St. Johnstone."

There was one positive for John on Saturday and that was the performance of the Clyde support: "The away fans have been fantastic. They have given us great vocal support and it would be great if that was replicated at Broadwood. When things are not going your way or work against us as things are at the moment we need the fans to be the twelfth man. We have a young side that gives great effort, mistakes are made but their commitment to Clyde is not in doubt and the youngsters benefit from the backing the support can give."

Pictures by SNS