Tonight’s semi-final is a big game for us and we’ll be forced into making changes. Lewis Ingram is suspended after getting sent off against Formartine United in the quarter-final so that will be at least one change in the middle of the park. We’ll some players back for Wednesday so we’ll see who’s all available and we’ll shape up how we feel best. It’s an important game and we played well enough against Locos in the first half before they beat us 5-1 and I don’t think we turned up in the second half that day.

We know that Locos will be a different side to the one we faced in January; Ross Anderson picked up a suspensions last week which like Alexander Thoirs rules him out of this one while Jordan Leyden who gave us problems at Christie Park is cup-tied. Like most sides in the league they may not what to expect with us as we can field a different side most weeks with people away and injured.

In the last few weeks the energy and drive which has been great to see. I’m glad the players have responded over the last few weeks with me. We had a good shape against Rothes and having that protection factor in front of the defence. It gave us a platform to build on and also made us more difficult to break down and hopefully that can help us grow in confidence and score more goals like it did on Saturday.

I’ve started myself the last three games but I said to Martin Stewart that depending on how the games were going that looking ahead to Wednesday I’d want to bring players off and give them rest. My fitness is good at present and I’ve changed my fitness plans since the start of the year after battling back from a stomach injury. It was tough coming back from that after three to four months of not being able to run properly was hard to take and doubts can go through your head that it’s time to finish. I do feel fitter and healthier now and I could still have a few years left in me.

We didn’t have Russell Guild on Saturday but he managed the warm-up and has been doing some running along with getting treatment but it wouldn’t have been good conditions for him to play in with it being a heavy pitch. Its better that’s he’s fully recovered than trying to play and pulling up again early into a game.

It was good to have Sam McKenzie back into the defence for the first time in about four months. He’s been back training since December and itching for a game. He came through a reserve game away to Deveronvale last Monday and looked strong and sharp. Sam’s got a good attitude, he’ll go to the gym to keep himself fit and has done a lot of extra work to build his knee up and he’s ready to get a run of games again.