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League (Premier Division)
Alan Dinnie (37)
1. Jim Leighton
2. Alan Dinnie
3. Steve Campbell
4. Jim Duffy
5. Jamie McGowan
6. Gary McKeown
7. Ivo Den Biemen
8. Stuart Beedie
9. Ian Gilzean
10. Billy Dodds
11. Graham Rix
12. Grant McMartin
14. Eddie Gallagher
J. Timmons (Kilwinning) (Referee)
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|Ivo Den Biemen||25||1||-||1||-|
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thought we played really well on Saturday and I think that considering we have brought in so many new players the performance as a team was very good.
There are, of course, certain areas we will have to brush up on and players at the club will have to get used to the standards I expect of them. There were many good things about our performance against Falkirk and if ever there was a case of a team regretting missed opportunities that was us on Saturday.
But apart from my general satisfaction at the performance, there were aspects that did not please me particularly the way lost the second goal.
I was not particularly happy the way we marked at the corner, and I was not happy with the way we reacted to them getting a flick on.
At the level we are now playing at, these things cost you so I am hoping Saturday was a good learning experience for the players- a rude awakening in professionalism if you like. If we had taken our chances, we would have murdered them and the positive side is that it is a bonus so early in the season to be making chances.
That is the third time we have played Falkirk since I joined the club and each time we could have been entitled to take something something from the game. My feeling is that we have the basis to be a better team than Falkirk and we will strive to prove that over the season.
The biggest single lesson we learned on Saturday is to be aware how important it is to be totally professional for 90 minutes and to have total concentration.
I think we are very good side when we have the ball - some of the passing throughout the team was excellent - but there is a greater level of concentration needed from our young players, some of whom will have to grow up very quickly.
When the opposition have not been in your half except to get a comer it is very easy to think they haven't been in our half so they won't score. To switch off in that manner can cost a goal as I believe it did on Saturday.
I told the lads after Saturday that they had played good football. Tonight, against St Johnstone I want them to play good football again. they do that, the goals will come and the results will follow. That is one of my main beliefs in football.
A lot of progress has already been made people are talking about the team with a bit of respect again and that is important and, even though we lost on Saturday, most fans went away saying and thinking that we were not a bad side. Our aim tonight will be to convince you even more that this is indeed the case - and hopefully we'll have two points in the locker for good measure.