Welcome Gaffer, it's Evolution Cup semi-final time tomorrow. Can the lads do it?
" It will be a tough game. The lads are raring to go but we'll need to do better than we did in the league match against Newkie."
Do you think the lads can find a way past Hislop this time?
"Well, Wee Mav has hit some form in his last two games, scoring that vital winner against Partick and the clincher against Asteria in the quarter final, so I'm reasonably confident."
It was great to see the wee man get his first league goal at last, and I had to laugh at The Bears chanting, "Fear The Mav" at full time. Just how valuable a strike might that turn out to be at the end of the season?
"Aye, it was a great way for Thomas to open his league account and give us such a vital win, although I'll readily admit that we didn't deserve to take all three points. I knew that it would be difficult to match Partick in terms of possession so I just tried to stay as close to them as I could and hope that our firepower could grab a goal. I would have happily taken a draw before kick-off so to be one up at half time was a real bonus. That allowed me to make some score dependant substitutions to save EL for the Glasgow match which I also knew would be tough."
Yes, you took a bit of a risk there, Gaffer.
"Aye, but as I said I'd have happily accepted a point so I took the risk and it paid off and I'm really glad I did as Goughie's second half injury would have given me selection problems for the Glasgow and Newkie games if I hadn't made those half-time subs."
Looking ahead to the weekend, Gaffer, we begin our Manager Cup qualifying games.
"Aye, I can't wait! The Manager Cup is my favourite competition by far and I'm really looking forward to playing teams that we don't meet on league duty."
Well time has run out, so I'll wish you and the lads the very best of luck for tomorrow's semi-final.
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