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Match Preview: Cowdenbeath v Greenock Morton


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Match Preview: Cowdenbeath v Greenock Morton

PostedMarch 21, 2011

After Saturday's vital win at Firhill it's Central Park for thrills this time as we take on Greenock Morton in another important match for Jimmy Nicholl's side.

With Ross County also in action against table topping Raith Rovers on Tuesday it could well prove to be a massive night in the battle to avoid the relegation play-offs and stay clear of bottom placed Stirling Albion. Nicholl will be looking for his side to build on Saturday's after his side claimed all three points and a clean sheet away to Partick Thistle. Lee Makel, Jon Roberton, Kyle Miller and Ritchie Vauls (pictured) will be hoping that they have done enough to retain their places with John Armstrong, Bob Malcolm, Colin Cameron and Scott Linton are all rated doubtful for the match.

"It was a great result and performance for us away at Firhill at the weekend and a vital three points", said Nicholl.

"We kept it very tight at the back on Saturday and restricted Partick Thistle to very few chances. That gave us something to build on and we always looked dangerous on the counter attack.

"We will need to do the same against a very good Morton team and we will be looking to use home advantage to try and pick up another three points and put pressure on the teams above us."

Joe Mbu has been ruled out for up to 6 weeks and is a definite absentee along with Danny Mackay and Dene Droudge.

This will be the 4th meeting between the 2 teams this season - the opening match at Cappielow saw us claim a 2-1 win. The opening goal was a special one from Mark Ramsay with his stunning overhead kick winning him the SFL Goal of the Month competition for September. Moments later Stewart Kean equalised before John Dempster slotted a low shot from a tight angle into the net to secure a vital 3 points.

The first match at Central park saw a thrilling 2-2 draw with goals from Marc McKenzie and Colin Cameron cancelling out Jenkins and Grahams strikes. Incredibly we played the majority of the game with 10 men after Davie Hay was sent off and youngster Lee Wilson made his debut and managed to save a penalty. Our first match in 2011 saw us crash to a 3-0 defeat through goals from Jenkins, Graham and O'Brien.

Cowden are showing sings of revival in recent weeks with some battling performances earning some valuable points. The goals of Greg Stewart are proving vital with the young striker now having scored our last 4 goals and he is now battling Mark Ramsay at the top of the scoring charts. Hopefully he can continue his scoring run on this day which has not seen Cowden score many goals in recent years. Since 1994 we've played 6 games on this day and only scored 4 goals. In fact only Kevin Gordon and John Dempster are our only players to have scored on this day recently. Our last result on this date was in 2008 with Dempster scoring at the start of the second half before a last gasp goal meant we dropped 2 vital points.

it will be a tough game though with Morton showing some form in their away matches lately - 7 points from the last 5 games is a respectable total for any club. In fact it is miles better than our home record with 2 points out of 15 (admittedly we've played a number of the league top clubs) so something will have to change for us to pick up a crucial 3 points.

Match of the day fact of the week:- Despite finally getting a clean sheet this season we still have kept the least number of clean sheets in the league this season!

Admission

The gates open at 6.45pm with admission set at: Adults 15, Concessions 8, Adult and Child 20.

Match Day info
Segregation is not in place for this match. All fans should enter from the High Street end.
Club Bar
The Club Bar is open from 6.45pm and a warm welcome is extend to home and away fans. The bar is situated in the Alex Menzie Lounge in the main stand and offers a range of pre and post match refreshments.
Blue Brazil Shop
The Club Shop is situated next to the main stand at Central Park and is open on home match days. Merchandise available includes the errea home and away replica shirts. Cub merchandise can also be purchased online.
Blue Brasilian
The match day programme will be available next to the turnstiles for a value 2. The programme includes Jimmy Nicholl's weekly column and many more interesting articles.
50/50 Draw The 50/50 tickets are available to purchase within the ground. Draw is made at half-time.
Blue Brazil Lottery
The draw for the lottery is made at 12pm every Friday and tickets for the following weeks draw will be available from agents. Contact lottery@cowdenbeathfc.com or phone 01383 610166 for more information.
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