Davie Irons is on a steep learning curve at Stenhousemuir

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

fortunes.

"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

late goals.

"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

sitting idle.

"They are also a very good team. But

I did not see a lack of con?dence from

our players.

"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

there."