Brechin - 24h on
Updated Wednesday, 22nd September 2010
We avoided embarrassment in Brechin thanks to splendid goalkeeping and two set piece goals. Craig Brown was quick to acknowledge that we were not at our best but, thankfully, we can look forward to Thursday's CIS Quarter Final draw.
Craig’s first reaction was “we’re glad we got through” and he immediately acknowledged the contributions made by Page and Randolph. He pointed out that Page showed his prowess in the air while on loan at Stirling Albion last season and that he could play anywhere in the back four. He was at left back for this game and it was good that there was a competition for first team places. Brown praised the exemplary attitude that Page and our other youngsters showed in training and was delighted that he got his reward.
Randolph played a vital part in our success. He made several goal saving stops in the second half when the score was 1-0 when the home side probably deserved an equaliser. His ability to stand tall for close shots, his fast reactions to the unexpected and his confidence in running to the edge of the box, or beyond, to thwart an attack all contributed to a fine night’s work. Only Page’s double strike robbed him of the man of the match award.
Tuesday’s match was the first opportunity that many Motherwell fans had to pay homage to The Hedge. Only 250-300 made it to the David Will Stand and a few took the opportunity of watching the game from the touchline. The modern concept of ‘safe standing’ areas has not yet reached the Second Division but the mixture of seats and terracing was more than adequate for the 903 crowd. The traditional grandstand is a throwback to a former age but the overall impression was of a lovely ground with a fine pitch.
The quarter final draw is scheduled for 2.30 pm on Thursday at Hampden. This will be the first unseeded draw of the competition. Joining us will be Falkirk, St Johnstone, Rangers and following Wednesday’s ties, Ross County or Dundee United, Aberdeen or Raith Rovers, Kilmarnock or Hibs and Celtic or Inverness.
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