Belief is important, says Graeme

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PANMURE’S win against Kelty Hearts on Saturday will give their League campaign a boost according to assistant manager, Graeme Christie, writes Johnston Ralston.

He said his players had stuck to the plan against the Fife team and gave it their all. He continued: “As I said last week, I went to see them and I was able to pick out their strengths and weaknesses.

“I identified that their strength was in their midfield and the way we’ve been playing has lent itself to countering that.

“Our midfield dealt with their three players, and the others played their part too. The defence was very strong and put in a good performance across the back four.

“They just played really well from start to finish and it was our first clean sheet for a couple of weeks.

“I’m very pleased. It was good to give the defence confidence and they can take that into next week.”

Graeme added: “I was speaking to their manager after the game and we both agreed it was a close thing.

“It could have gone either way, but we stifled them and when we got the ball we were able to use the width of the pitch quite well and pass the ball about.

“I’m really pleased with the workrate and attitude and it gives us a bit of belief. Of course we’ll still have to work hard in every game but having that belief is important.”

Last season, tomorrow’s opponents, Musselburgh United snatched a last minute goal against Panmure to give themselves a lifeline in the league. This time however, no chances will be taken.

Graeme said: “They’re starting below us and if we can get a win we can keep them there.”