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Manager post Alloa

Saturday, 8th Oct 2022

08/10/22: link to audio of James McPake’s post match comments


- - Listen to this James McPake interview

Manager James McPake summed up the 3-0 away win to Alloa Athletic - "it was a good result, three good goals. The fans deserved a performance and they got it."

Deniz Mehmet had more than usual to do in this game?

“He had one good save in the game, he came for a cross and took it well. It is Denis’s job to make saves.

Sam Fisher made his first start today, what was your thoughts about that?

“Excellent, really good. I`ve known Sam since he was 15. I thought he was excellent today on that side. It allowed us to push Aaron (Comrie) on and he gets his first goal. We`ve been asking the wingbacks when we`re playing that shape to get in at the back post. For whatever reason they don`t want to do it but Aaron certainly did it today and you get your rewards. It`s not rocket science when you ask them to do something and they do it, it`s a good goal."

Matty Todd scored a good goal to let you go in 2-0 up at half time?

“Really good, we asked him to do that - to play with (against) the three centre-backs and Todorov occupies the middle one. Then you`ve got players like Chris Mochrie, Craig Wighton, Matty Todd, who can play in that wee pocket. Being an ex-centre-back, it`s not very nice when you do that.

“It`s a bit of a gift when you`ve got that type of player and he runs on, and it`s a great finish. It made it a wee bit more comfortable, but all afternoon I thought we were by far the better team."

Lewis McCann was missing today, is he okay?

“He should be. It was more of a precaution, probably with the way he plays and it being on an astro. A pretty poor astro at that. We thought we had enough in the team, so we were quite happy just to rest him up and see how he is for next week."

Craig Wighton made quite an impact scoring within a minute of coming on as a substitute?

“Craig gets his goal, but I think he`s starting to show glimpses. I know he does get a hard time from certain people at different clubs but I`ve known him going back 10 years at least - eight, nine years maybe. I know what he brings and I`m genuinely not interested in what people think of Craig Wighton, apart from myself and my coaching staff. I`m delighted he got his goal but I just want him back fit and fully fit and feeling good."



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