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John Looks Forward to Fife

Fri, 29th Jan 2010 4:06pm

Subject to weather, Clyde make the trip to Methil tomorrow for yet another vital IRN-BRU Second Division match against East Fife. A 9.30am pitch inspection has been called by the Fifers, with possible cold weather being forecast for tonight.

The Bully Wee will have to make do without at least four players if the game goes ahead. Callum Reidford is suspended after his red card last week and three others are out injured.

John Stewart, who scored twice in a bounce game at Cappielow this week, has been told to rest until at least Monday with a shoulder injury. Connor Stevenson has a calf strain and Steven Howarth is likely to be on the sidelines for two weeks due to an ankle injury.

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John McCormack was not downhearted though, when he spoke to www.clydefc.co.uk:-

"It will be a difficult game. East Fife have quality in key positions and are strong at set pieces, as we found to our cost the last time we played at Bayview, but the players are desperate to bounce back.

"The team know they let the fans and themselves down in the performance against Brechin. We arranged a bounce game on Tuesday afternoon against Morton so they could get it out of their system and I was pleased with the reaction and commitment to the club shown by the guys. All of us rearranged our shifts to get to the match and I think that shows how the squad is determined to get moving up this league.

"Too many players also looked unfit last week. I put my hands up to fielding Neil McGowan who wasn’t 100%, but I took the risk as I felt we needed his experience. He will be good for the team though. Scott Findlay was another who had a difficult debut but he hadn’t been playing with any club and maybe got his opportunity prematurely, but it’s up to him now. I still believe we were right to bring in another keeper as Callum needs competition.

"We need players to work and show leadership at this time. It is those qualities that I admire and have made me choose Willie Kinniburgh as our captain for the remainder of the season."