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  1. Oooft. Woeful from Lazio in giving the ball away, but good finish that. That's some result for Celtic tbf. Good game to watch as a neutral I thought actually.
  2. Good result and performance yesterday. I'm another who has to take issue with the poster claiming we were "piss poor" - I thought we moved the ball about well, created chances and looked solid at the back. We've been showing improvements in each game in recent weeks, and I'm more than happy with that. The first half was better than the opening 45 on Tuesday; aside from El Bakhtaoui's chance, Queens offered little. We put together some nice moves at times, even if we didn't test McCrorie often enough, but Ashcroft and Nisbet were unlucky with efforts they had. In the second half, again I thought we looked bright early on and it was no surprise we scored. They had a decent spell of possession, and Dobbie's shot to nothing, for about 10-15 minutes after that but we were the ones looking a threat going forward. Btw, Ashcroft deserves credit IMO at the second - great ball winning ahead of Dobbie, sensibly then clearing his lines, which then led to the chance created for Nisbet. Very pleasing to see how solid we have been looking defensively, and I'd agree Ashcroft has been excellent recently. No failures in the team at all, and Kiltie, Ryan, Nisbet and Dow are forging a good understanding collectively. We look a real threat with those four in the side. Starting to gain a good bit of momentum now, and long may it continue.
  3. Haven't watched this in a long time, and now I remember why. Fiona Bruce is absolutely dreadful. Never mind some of the panel.
  4. We got exactly what we deserved yesterday - absolutely nothing. Arbroath handled the ball much better than we did, and had more of the few opportunities in the match. I felt, first half especially, they had some decent passages of play. From us though, that was a shocker. I only really recall two decent efforts at goal, and one of those was a set piece header right at the end. There was no energy, no width and nowhere near enough support to Nisbet. Too many long balls played which, from early on, was something that wasn't going to work. So of course we persisted with it. Cochrane showed some composure at least when he came on, but that's about the only plus I can take. I've not seen as many folk, at only 1-0 with 15 minutes to go, make for the exits. We could likely still be playing at not look like fashioning a good goalscoring chance. Our run of league games without a win is worrying. I'm generally not fussed about the Challenge Cup, but the manager needs a win from somewhere quickly.
  5. That first half was more enjoyable than anything we watched last season. Really excellent performance where we really went at Dundee with pace, directness and no shortage of quality. We could, and maybe should have been further ahead, but 2-0 at half time and I'd have been confident we'd go on to win. The first penalty changed things and I said to my pals that my worry was that we'd tire later on after producing such energy earlier. That seemed to happen and Nisbet, who again was superb, began to become more isolated. For the first penalty, with the rules as they are, I see why it's given. We should be doing better in trying to clear though. I didn't have a good view of the second, but watched it back and it's a brilliant tackle by Ashcroft. He recovers the situation so well so quite galling it was given. The ref though gave some bizarre decisions both ways outwith that; not his best day. Credit to Dundee, their HT subs had an impact and McGowan became more influential after the break. For us, Nisbet and Dow stood out IMO, and I thought Lewis McCann played as well as I've seen him. A shame we didn't get the win, and things to work on, but overall it was a decent game and a lot of positive stuff from the Pars.
  6. At least that's the season over. Interesting team selection to the say the least, particularly with Danny Devine at right back, and not all that much happened overall. Poor goal to concede and a shame it involved Gill and Morrison. I thought Higgy tried his best to make things happen but, other than that, meh. Glad that we won't have to see another 1-0 defeat until July at least tbh.
  7. Graham Bayne tae. Really liked him. Remember his absolute peach in a 3-0 hounding of St Johnstone in Perth? Not to mention his penalty in the Scottish Cup quarters at Aberdeen. Absolutely this. He was outstanding that season and it was just unfortunate that he made a mistake in that game. At half-time all was well too - we were 1-0 up, and St Mirren were behind at Motherwell. Horrible second half and journey home. Good to see highlights of the semi-final posted further back in the thread. We were a bit fortunate to get a replay as we were poor at Hampden, and ICT were very good, and we only started getting to grips with the replay after we equalised. Barry Nicholson's goal was, of course, majestic, but what about the pass from Gary Dempsey for Brewster's goal? Sublime. What a brilliant night that was. I even managed to get out of school early to catch the bus up from Kincardine for it. I never thought I'd see the Pars go to a Hampden cup final or play in Europe, so to know we had that to come at the age I was, was pretty special. Best player to play for both? Brewster. No question. I seem to recall him scoring a pretty good goal for ICT against us in a 0-2 defeat in what was their first game back in Inverness after the Pittodrie groundshare? That, and the loss we had at Pittodrie that season, were both utterly dismal performances from the Pars.
  8. Buzzing for this. I expect it will be as exciting as last season's penultimate game. Should be a decent jolly that includes stops in Aviemore / Kingussie on the way up / home. Hoping some more of the younger players get a chance. Inverness is always a good day out so the location is luring me more than anything.
  9. Thought we were just about the better team first half but we again couldn't get the ball on target. The biggest chance was when Vincent was put in on a plate, but then took too long and wasted it. I don't know what was said at half-time as we weren't anywhere near as good (not that we were good first half by any means) in the second half. Unless he had a knock, I found the substitution of Anderson baffling but nothing has changed throughout the season - we're too slow, predictable and lack creativity. In saying that, I thought Hippolyte was our best player today; worked hard and at least looked a bit of a threat. I thought the second yellow for Longridge was harsh, but it looked a clear penalty to me. From my view, looked an absolutely needless challenge to make. The fact that we've had to rely on results elsewhere to ensure we stayed up is absolutely horrific. This season has without a doubt been one of the worst in 25 years of following the club. We haven't been able to score, there's been little entertainment of the quality of football has been awful. There's big decisions to be made now but there has to be a clear out in the summer. We've been lucky that other teams have been poorer than us. Enjoyed the Morton supporters consistent singing of Falkirk's position.
  10. Well, the weather and the bar in the ground were good. As was the chips and curry sauce. A very poor afternoon otherwise from a Dunfermline point of view. There wasn't much happening in the game during the first half, but Queens were the ones looking like they might score, which they duly did. A disappointing goal to concede but the second one was worse. That was the contest done and I can't recall their keeper needing to make a serious save. Too many of our team looked like they were in holiday mode. We were out-run, out-tackled and out-fought, particularly in the second half, and Queens very much deserved to win. Our team need to find something from somewhere for the Morton game next week.
  11. Given the last three times we've played at Palmerston has ended 0-0, and Queens' predicament, I'm not holding out hope for a footballing classic today. But then, we might be surprised. Playing away from home and on the counter seems to suit us better and I wouldn't be surprised to see El Bakhtaoui drop out and maybe L Longridge return to play off Anderson. We are struggling for central midfielders with Beadling out as well. Queens weren't that bad last time we played at East End, and surely Naysmith will set them up to have a go? Looking forward to the day out if nothing else. In spite of the rancid football in recent trips as noted above, Palmerston is one of my favourite grounds to go to. Looking forward to a couple in the social club pre-match - probably will be needed.
  12. County have been the best and most consistent team in the division and fully deserve to win the title when it's confirmed. For all talk of budgets etc, that has probably added more pressure on to them having to carry the tag as a favourite for the title, and it means bugger all unless their players go out on the park and do the business. They've absolutely done that and, when they beat us back in August, their second half showing that day impressed me in terms of opposition as much as anything else I've seen this season. Congratulations to them but I'll miss the venison pies. A football culinary delight.
  13. I read this thread with interest prior to the game and couldn't quite believe the number of Falkirk fans suggesting they had no chance in this game. Our home form has been turgid all season and our severe lack of creativity / goals gives the opposition an opportunity. I would say that, had we scored first, I would have been pretty confident we would've won the game. While we were unfortunate with Ashcroft's header off the post, then we had Hippolyte's miss (preceded with what looked like a handball by a Falkirk man taking the ball onto the post), I didn't think we showed enough. Both teams, let's be honest here, were poor and consistently gave the ball away and struggled to get into any kind of rhythm. Credit to the keeper for the penalty save, but I don't think it was Anderson's best effort, and it looked pretty obvious which side he was going to put it. Still, the ball was right at the post, so Burgoyne's done well there. We were slow in possession, and lacked any sort of intensity and desire. I know that it was pretty much out of the question in terms of fourth, but mathematically it was still there to at least put a wee bit of pressure on Inverness, never mind make completely sure of our own safety in the league. Beadling's injury didn't help but there were far too many out there that underperformed, which has been consistent throughout the season. It was a soft goal to lose as well and, if you're Falkirk, you're looking at the ideal away day performance in their position; they asked us the question, we couldn't answer it, they carried a bit of luck and took their chance when it arrived. I'd suggest that should give them the lift they need to at least avoid the bottom slot. If Morton lose on Tuesday, and / or we beat QoS next week, I think they are in big trouble. As for us, I just want us to get a win to end any slight possibility we could be dragged into it, and get this season over and done with.
  14. That was a good game yesterday and was much more open and entertaining than I thought it would have been. As disappointing as it is to let a two-goal lead slip, a point in the end was a good result as Thistle came back at us strongly after their first goal. Especially in the second half, they were on the ascendancy and they certainly deserved something from the game. In saying that, we did have a decent chance to go 3-0 up just before they scored, but hey ho. I was pleased to see changes made both to personnel and team shape and, for the first quarter of the game, they worked well. Our two goals were both well worked from our point of view and, and that stage, I thought we would go on and be quite comfortable. But credit to Thistle. Their first goal got their tails up and, aside from Ryan Blair's well-saved free-kick, and a chance for Hippolyte near the end, the game was played far more in our half than theirs. McDonald had to be the guy that scored; well-taken but I felt Danny Devine have dealt with the cross that led to it. We probably needed to win yesterday to have a chance of top four, but we've work to do over the summer to build a squad capable of challenging at the top. Immediately at full-time, I was a bit hacked off we'd not built on our lead, but on reflection further after the event, I can't complain with a point. One of the more entertaining games I've watched in a wee while. Hope Thistle stay up. Good day out.
  15. I missed Tuesday's game as was travelling back from the Scotland double-header, but had a decent feeling about last night despite that result. Shows what I know. No complaints over the result. Ayr were comfortably the better side in the first half, had more composure about them, dealt with what little we offered in attack comfortably and created some decent opportunities. They were deserving of their lead. Nothing really changed from our point of view until the final 10 minutes where we huffed and puffed, had a couple of opportunities but didn't do enough to merit anything from the game. From Ayr's point of view, I'd suggest it was a good away performance. I felt sorry for Anderson, as he was isolated the whole game until El Bakhtaoui came on, but the number of long balls we launched at him was poor. We needed some width, and someone to get on the ball, but didn't have that. The game bypassed Higginbotham and L. Longridge mostly and we needed someone up with Anderson much sooner. The Pars players just weren't at it, and it's a shame as before United we'd been on a good run. Maybe the wee break came at a wrong time for us. El Bakhtaoui did spark something but his decision making was wasteful when in decent positions. Maybe a bit of a reality check is no bad thing, though. It emphasises that there will be a lot of work to be done in the summer if we are to build a squad capable of challenging for the top four spots. The worst bit of the night was the injury to Joe Thomson, though. I hope it's not as bad as it looked at the match.
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