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PREVIEW: Elgin City v Clyde

Clyde will travel to the Highlands tomorrow to take on Elgin City in Ladbrokes League 2.

The Bully Wee go into the match on the back of a club record of six consecutive draws, while The Black and Whites will be hoping for a reaction after suffering a heavy defeat at Peterhead.

For Clyde, Kevin Nicoll is suspended after being shown two yellow cards in Tuesday’s match against Annan Athletic. Max Wright is also unlikely to feature, after going off injured with a calf injury on Tuesday.

Writing for the official website today, Danny Lennon reflected on the recent run and the draw against Annan:-

“I think we might be breaking some long-standing records with the number of consecutive goalless draws we’ve had in the league. I can’t think of another team in my time in football that has had so many in a row. The positive from this is that we have had four clean sheets in a row. That is a massive improvement for a team that had the worst defensive record in the league five games ago and the players deserve credit for the way they have responded to the changes we have implemented in training and on matchday.

“Being undefeated in the last six league games shows that the club is moving in the right direction. The players are showing great discipline, work rate and determination out of possession. There is great potential here and we are starting to see us fulfil our potential on the defensive side of the game. Being hard to beat is the foundation for building the winning mentality that all successful teams thrive on.

“Another positive from Saturday was the performance of our two debutants. Tom Lang can play a number of positions in defence and midfield. We deployed him in a defensive midfield role on Saturday and I thought he made a strong contribution throughout. He is only 20 and I believe we will see him improve and develop as a player in the games ahead. Ally Love also showed some of his strong qualities in the final third. Adding that extra few percent of match sharpness will see the best of him coming out in the games ahead and I am excited about the impact he can have for us.

“There were a number of frustrations from the game on Saturday. Firstly, playing against ten men for the majority of the match changed the dynamic of the game. There are a number of things that we could have done better in the final third and we must learn from that. I believe we will improve our decision making and application in the final third in the games ahead. Secondly, we will lose Kevin Nicoll to suspension for tomorrow. If we could appeal a second yellow card, we would, but that option doesn’t exist at this time.

“The trip to Elgin presents another opportunity for us to play for three very important points. The lads are keen to show that they are better than our current league position suggests. The only way we can show that is by continuing our unbeaten run and adding valuable points to our current tally.

“We are currently pursuing our options in the January transfer window. Some of these discussions may come to fruition – in football you can never be sure – but we are certainly busy trying to strengthen the squad if we can.”