Date: 8th July 2015 at 7:15pm
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Midfielder Tom McCready and defender Jamie McAllister have both given their reactions to the pre season work out that was our one all draw with East Fife.

Beginning with McCready, who signed a permanent deal over the summer with us following his short term spell at the end of last season following release by Morecambe, he told the Official Site that having returned to training and come back from his own injury over the summer, it was nice to blow the proverbial cobwebs away again in a proper game situation.

‘It`s good to get back to the games. You can train as much as you want, but the first time you play you`re always knackered! So it`s good to get it out of the way, and to blow the cobwebs off so to speak. It`s a good start. We want to build on the base that we`ve all got. Everyone comes back in decent shape these days, so it`s the next progression really. Avoiding injuries is important, so we have to manage our bodies properly and make sure that we stay in good physical shape.’

He goes on to say that whilst results in pre season don’t overly matter, as a player you always want to win so it was slightly disappointing not to have seen us hold on for victory with the equaliser coming late on, but it’s not something that will get anybody down as the positives outweigh the fact the game finished level.

‘The result doesn`t actually matter. Tis didn`t give us too much information before the game – it was just a case of going out to get into a game-like situation. We`ll start to concentrate on results, patterns of play and shapes of play the more we go.’

With our next friendly following shortly against Abroath, McCready went on to say he wasn’t expecting much information about the opposition again this time round because it’s still about getting those on pitch minutes in more than anything.

‘I don`t think we`re going to get bombarded with too much information again. It may be a case of the lads who didn`t play too much tonight will play a little bit more on Thursday in order to share the game-time and keep everyone at the same level.’

Moving on to our January signing, defender McAllister he also lauded the positives of the game being a good work out for the team and with the Scotsman being back in his homeland, he also wore the skippers armband on the evening for the first hour of the game.

‘It was good. It`s a good little setup, it was a good workout for the lads, and we enjoyed it. It`s about fitness, match practice, and getting back to your best. I thought the boys did well and moved the ball well. We created a couple of opportunities, but we`re still little bit rusty as we`re only a week in. But it was nice, and for myself it was nice to get 60 minutes – I was more than happy to stay on, but we`ve got to build it up gradually to make sure there are no injuries.’

The other added advantage of going away to Scotland for two games was the team spirit and bonding elements of living together for a period of time, and McAllister knows that will be good for everyone, not just our new summer arrivals.

‘There are a few new signings who have come in, so it`s good to get away for four or five days and to mix with the lads. We can do a bit of team bonding and get a nice and relaxed atmosphere for the boys to come in and be comfortable on the pitch.’

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