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PREVIEW: Annan Athletic v Clyde

Fri, 24th Nov 2017 1:34pm

The Bully Wee will travel to Dumfries and Galloway tomorrow to take on Annan Athletic in Ladbrokes League 2.

It's the third meeting of the clubs so far this season, with Clyde coming out on top in two matches at Broadwood earlier in the campaign, in both the league and the Betfred Cup. However, the Galabankies are currently six points ahead of The Bully Wee in the table, having played a game more.

Andy Munro comes back into contention after being ineligible for last week's Scottish Cup tie and fellow defender Martin McNiff is free to play after a successful appeal hearing against his red card in that match. Scott Ferguson is also expected to be fit enough to be included in the squad.

Matt Flynn is the only absentee, as he waits for an operation on a stomach injury, but Danny Lennon was full of praise for the midfielder when he spoke to the official website this afternoon:-

"Matt's attitude has been first class. He's been a real team player, turning up for training sessions and helping out where he can. It's not gone unnoticed by the staff and we look forward to him making a speedy recovery.

"I'd also like to thank the directors who spent time on Martin's appeal this week. It's great to have him available."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's match, Danny continued:-

"We are focused on bringing everything we have to get the three points from this game. We need to start picking up more points if we are to fuel our ambition of climbing the table and that's something we are more than keen to do. We have to earn that position and we're working hard in every training session to do just that. 

"Allan and I are pleased with the attitude and commitment of the players. They are grasping on board the new tactical information we are implementing, but it is also important that we do not overload the group with too much to soon at this early transition period. What I have learned very quickly is that we have a good group of players who have big characters and are willing to stand up and be counted.

"They are responding extremely well to the challenges that myself and the coaching staff are giving them and we want to continue that journey all the way through to the end of the season. The aim of every manager and team in the league is to be competing in the top end of the table and that's certainly our aim.

"I want to thank our fans for the support they gave to Allan and I and our players last week; they made us feel very welcome to The Bully Wee! The players really do feed of that positively. I can understand our fans have been frustrated this season and I feel, as a club, that we are responsible for giving them a run of positive results and performances.

"Scottish football needs to attract more fans back and paying to watch their team on a Saturday in order for clubs to survive. This is high on our agenda and we are endeavouring to put our fans first in everything we do at Clyde.

"We look forward to putting in a good performance tomorrow and hope to send the travelling fans home safe and happy."