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    Seeing the occasional goal, avoiding regular defeat, relegation and bankruptcy
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  1. And yet it’s one of my favourites and handy too
  2. Determined effort from Arbroath ... we definitely deserved it, committed more going forward than Alloa. They are always dangerous on the break (and have scored many more than is this season and they definitely had at least a couple of decent chances). I thought we’d blown it after allowing Alloa to level - in what looked like somewhat of a defensive lapse. Good substitutions brought us a fraction more control and created the goal - huge credit to David Gold on gambling that the ball in might break so a real striker’s (or technically late-arriving midfielder - ie a Trouten). I thought Low and Williamson did well. After conceding a late equaliser at the Recs in the last encounter, it was sweet to edge it late here. We’ve a lot to do to escape a playoff (maybe even automatic relegation slot if Alloa do their spectacular late revival thing), but this performance though not exactly pretty or convincing (though definitely committed) gives us some heart after a poor recent run. First home game in a while where the wind has not been a factor .. but possibly a case for watering the pitch ( if we had the capacity) beforehand
  3. The stream and the camera angle is surprisingly good despite dire reports. The commentary is OK if understandably rather biased. I thought Arbroath have done OK and largely held their own so far but ICT look dangerous on occasion, both from wide but also their forward stepping back to collect. Three of our players were clattered and yet one of ours received the only yellow.. Gold has done well but we miss Jason Thomson in defence.
  4. Don’t wish to be critical but more actual commentary on what’s happening in the game and considerably less chat would be greatly appreciated. Can’t say I’m that interested in general club news, hopes, frequent praise for halftime draws etc. It’s a difficult job and a fair effort and tone ... but I’m slightly more interested in the immediate action on the field, the players, any tactical observations. Thanks
  5. So, now Leagues 1 & 2 are restarting, what points target would we need to avoid the 9th playoff spot (which is Dick C’s stated objective)? I think most seasons, 40 points usually just about means safety (so probably 30 points+ in the current curtailed season) so that would be a minimum of a point a game equivalent until the end of the season. For those ‘glass half full’ types, I think we would need maybe 40 points to entertain wild dreams of a promotion playoff slot (ie double our tally till now).
  6. I find the streamed games very challenging due to being such a bystander. Attending games in person in easier since you can ventilate your views/encouragement, offload on officials and opposition. It makes remote viewing more nerve-wracking. Plus of course most games tend to too close to call.
  7. After a much below par first half when Ayr could have been 2 up, we did much better second half. Solid defence as ever (we’ve conceded the same as Hearts) but we strung a few more passes together plus more energy and determination. All these narrow leads are nail biting as f**k but that’s a good result to keep the run going. Still think we’re in a relegation struggle but we’ve given ourselves breathing space. That was excellent and remarkably fair commentary.
  8. Excellent commentary and decent filming. That was a fairly poor Arbroath showing first half, and Linn and Hamilton have had only bit parts. Ayr have missed a couple of good chances so we really need to up our game, get the ball in midfield and the passing going.
  9. Great showing against Raith - as Dick said, we controlled the game and should have won by a bigger margin. We’re unbeaten in 2021 so far, but need to press on. And we’ve overtaken the 15 points tally we managed all season in our last previous Championship season (01-02?) with now 10 games left this season
  10. Twelve critical games left. The March fixtures look challenging so we’ll need to making the most of other games. Still, we’re in a much better place than in recent months, with momentum and confidence greatly improved. Since Alloa and ourselves have kind of caught up with the other stragglers, it might make for an interesting final 3 months of the season.
  11. Really disciplined and determined performance plus decent tactics from the Lichties and it is unusual, even with the wind , to have a 2 goal cushion going into the second half. Arbroath have no particular advantage with the wind - we train two evenings each week in Perth so the only exposure we get is home games Give credit to dogged closing down/ defensive performance second half but, as DC mentioned, our Keeper had barely a save to make second half while we peppered the Pars goal first half. Very satisfactory and it's definitely tightening up down the bottom of the table as we pass the halfway stage (others have games in hand). We need to keep this going.
  12. I’m finding the over-positive commentary a little wearing. Delighted to score two but the real test of how we play is second half. Personally, especially as partimers, I prefer playing into the wind first half
  13. Talking about wind, I switched on too late Wednesday to see if we or ICT had won the toss. Normally do we not usually opt to play into the wind first half, given the option? I certainly prefer this since it allows us to get used to the conditions and to be on the front foot/under less pressure second half. Mind you, except in gales, we often do as well against the breeze since we don’t overrun the forwards so often. In any case nowadays, with training in Perth, I don’t think we can claim any particular experience of or advantage in windy conditions. Unlike perhaps in decades past when training was held Tuesdays and Thursdays inside and at the back of Gayfield, with a late Sat morning session along Queens Drive.
  14. Excellent stream and decent commentary imho. Game’s a bit scrappy and the pitch not it’s best (not surprising this time of year). We’ll need to grind something out.
  15. Agree. I’m sure I recall seeing that even in the later 60s. In those bygone days, the ‘change’ strip was always some variantof the basic club colours rather than some arbitrary and fleeting random choice changing every season.
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