Stenhousemuir moving in right direction

NEW boss David Irons says his Stenhousemuir team is continuing to move in the right direction.

A highly pleasing week has seen the

Warriors move further away from the

bottom of the Second Division table,

and although they failed to book their

place in the ?fth round of the Scottish

Cup against Stranraer, they at least

have the consolation of remaining in

the competition.

The games which Irons had towait for

immediately after assuming control at

Ochilvieware nowcoming at breakneck

speed, with another home game against

Airdrie United this weekend. And

Irons says that's allowing him to get a

measure of the players, and vice versa.

"I am learning all the time," he said.

"And the players are learning

about me and the coaching staff I have

installed. It's a fast learning curve

and the more games we have then the

greater the chance we have to see what

the squad are all about. But I have been

impressed by their application and

their willingness to play."

The new boss says he still needs time

to assess all his options but he was

pleased enough with what he saw at

Dumbarton when Scott Dalziel's injury-

time goal won a vital bottomof the table

clash, and a goalless draw in the cup in

midweek against Stranraer.

"We played the same team in both

games and showed a bit of consistency

there," said Irons. "But that's not to say

that these guys can rest on their laurels

in any way. There is a strong bench

there and Simon Lynch is coming back

from injury.

"We have a good squad of players and

it's just about trying to get the best out

of them."

The draw with Stranraer on Tuesday

leaves theWarriors facing an unwanted

journey to the south-west this coming

midweek for a replay they perhaps

could have done without.

But the manager believes his players

will relish what some might regard as

a punishing programme of two games a

week.