DAVID Irons is learning more about his Stenhousemuir players with every meeting but he says he needs games to assess them better.
The new Warriors boss was hoping
to see how his players would cope
with the pressure of trying to make
it through to the next round of the
Scottish Cup in midweek.
But the third round replay with
Threave Rovers was again postponed
twice this week on Tuesday and
Wednesday. The teams will try again
on Saturday when the Warriors are
hoping Threave's Meadow Park pitch
will be playable.
Irons says having matches postponed
by the weather is not what he wants
as he attempts to improve the club's
"I suppose Threave would prefer a
Saturday game," he said. "It will
mean a bigger crowd and they will
have hospitality to think about. But
for me it's not important when we
play just as long as we get a game.
"It would have been ideal to get
through in midweek and then have the
next round on the Saturday but that
was not to be.
"I certainly will ?nd out more about
the players in a match situation than
I will at training. But that is the same
everywhere you go.
"Some players will look great in
training but when you throw them
into a match you might ?nd they
can't hack it."
Irons claims he learned a lot from
his ?rst game in charge, even
though Sunday's New Year derby
against Alloa Athletic ended in a
disappointing 3-2 defeat.
He says although the team lost
he was at least encouraged by the
manner in which they fought back
from a 3-0 de?cit with a couple of
"The defeat was down to individual
errors that cost us goals. Alloa had
an advantage over us in that they
had been playing regularly while the
weather had meant everyone else was
"They are also a very good team. But
I did not see a lack of con?dence from
"Their last game was a 6-0 defeat
and you might have expected their
heads to drop but they fought back
well to score two late goals and it
shows me that there is potential