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  1. Great job with the podcast. This is a really harrowing, powerful and important listen. I don’t think anything could underline the importance of calling and stamping out racism when we see or hear it more than Tariq’s story.
  2. Agreed. It's a terribly worded statement (at best). No need at all to mention the possibility of a false accusation let alone insinuate that that's what happened and take 'vindication' from that conclusion. While I've no doubt the outcome is disappointing for Rico and his family, the club can only do what they can with the evidence they have and their power and ability to respond to that. Being honest though, I'm really not sure clubs should be investigating themselves in these circumstances in the first place. It's Rico I really feel for. I hope he is doing okay, he is being looked after by the club and the club are or will support him with however he wants to move forward or progress. That's ultimately the most important thing at this time. It's important he is supported with whatever choice he makes (whether that is progressing the investigation further with the police or SFA or however else he may want to go from here), he is believed and that he's given the support, time and resources he needs to look after his wellbeing as best as possible. However well you think the club may have done with their investigation, I really don't think arguing with his brother on social media is appropriate or necessary. And finally, always believe victims.
  3. Defensive midfielder according to Transfermrkt though that could of course be nonsense. Concerned that might mean McCabe is out for an extended period of time however. He was a huge miss on Saturday and we really can’t afford for him to be missing. He drives the whole team and makes things happen. Would put a lot of pressure on McInroy regardless of how talented he is. Could just as plausibly be Ian Murray wanting to change shape.
  4. Well he used to play for Dunfermline so he at least meets that criteria. Calling bullshit on being 21 however.
  5. If I had to guess I’d say a wide player as we really don’t have any or maybe a defender as we’re fairly short there but I don’t know!
  6. It was a bit of a nothing game yesterday. Neither side created much of anything. I don't think anyone would have grumbled had it been 0-0 but by virtue of actually having a couple of chances, Cove can probably say they deserved it. That being said, the game was there to be won. McCabe was a huge miss yesterday. We badly needed somebody to drive us forward with a bit of impetus, creativity and an actual plan. That was probably Easton's poorest game for us. He was always trying to make something happen so credit to him for that but nothing was coming off for him against a well drilled Cove side. Agnew and Frizzell were quiet too. Frizzell is much better through the middle than out on the left where he seems to have been the last couple of games. And Gal, Smith and Salim all couldn't get into the game at all and unfortunately you're just never going to win if you're 5/6 attacking players are having a bad day. One thing I really liked about Kyle Turner was that he was always willing to have a dig at goal. We're still far too reticent to do that. There were times yesterday when probably all of our attacking players could have at least had a shot at goal. Just have a dig FS! You might get a corner, the ball might fall to one of our other players or you might even score! Dreadful to not even have one shot on target in a game that was there for the taking. It's not as if Cove completely shut us down or over-ran or overwhelmed us. I thought people were a bit harsh on Gal and Salim's partnership last week but after yesterday I'm not convinced by it. For me we've been more effective this season playing one upfront with the wide forwards supporting the striker so I'd like to see Murray reverting to that or trying something different upfront. Speaking of which with Watson moving into the centre of defence, we basically had no outball or service coming from out wide. We scored two goals in two games (three if you count Scott McGill's) from crosses last week and it's clearly something both Gallagher and Salim thrive from. But yesterday I don't think we put a cross into the box once. I still think a proper wide player would be a particularly useful addition for us, even if only to come off the bench as, as @Passionate says, we're clearly lacking in that regard. I thought our defence did well considering it was another makeshift defence and our captain and biggest organiser Fordyce was out. That's another late goal conceded/point dropped however. I completely understand the effects Covid has had on the squad, their fitness and our ability to put a full and fit team out. But at what point does it stop being down to that and it's down to poor game management instead? A win next week will give us 14 points from the first quarter. You're probably looking to get at least 15 points from every quarter if you want to make the play-offs but it's not a disaster, especially given the inconsistency of almost every other team in the league. That extra point (or more) is easily reachable in the next quarter, but then again, that's maybe easier said than done for an Ian Murray AIrdrie team! Need to win next week now and need to get our full-strength team out ASAP. Don't think we've managed to do that once this season which is remarkable. Enjoyed the company on the bus, the fish supper in Stonehaven and the day out despite the football's best attempts to ruin it. Hopefully a better trip to Falkirk beckons in a few weeks.
  7. Agreed on the ref. The game was very stop-start and bitty and the referee didn't help in that regard. It was a bit of a nothing game really. Neither side created much of anything. I don't think anyone would have grumbled had it been 0-0 but by virtue of actually having a couple of chances, Cove can probably say they deserved it. That being said, the game was there to be won. McCabe was a huge miss yesterday. We badly needed somebody to drive us forward with a bit of impetus, creativity and an actual plan. That was probably Easton's poorest game for us. He was always trying to make something happen so credit to him for that but nothing was coming off for him against a well drilled Cove side. Agnew and Frizzell were quiet too. Frizzell is much better through the middle than out on the left where he seems to have been the last couple of games. And Gal, Smith and Salim all couldn't get into the game at all and unfortunately you're just never going to win if you're 5/6 attacking players are having a bad day. One thing I really liked about Kyle Turner was that he was always willing to have a dig at goal. We're still far too reticent to do that. There were times yesterday when probably all of our attacking players could have at least had a shot at goal. Just have a dig FS! You might get a corner, the ball might fall to one of our other players or you might even score! Dreadful to not even have one shot on target in a game that was there for the taking. It's not as if Cove completely shut us down or over-ran or overwhelmed us. I thought people were a bit harsh on Gal and Salim's partnership last week but after yesterday I'm not convinced by it. For me we've been more effective this season playing one upfront with the wide forwards supporting the striker so I'd like to see Murray reverting to that or trying something different upfront. Speaking of which with Watson moving into the centre of defence, we basically had no outball or service coming from out wide. We scored two goals in two games (three if you count Scott McGill's) from crosses last week and it's clearly something both Gallagher and Salim thrive from. But yesterday I don't think we put a cross into the box once. I still think a proper wide player would be a particularly useful addition for us, even if only to come off the bench as, as @Passionate says, we're clearly lacking in that regard. I thought our defence did well considering it was another makeshift defence and our captain and biggest organiser Fordyce was out. That's another late goal conceded/point dropped however. I completely understand the effects Covid has had on the squad, their fitness and our ability to put a full and fit team out. But at what point does it stop being down to that and it's down to poor game management instead? A win next week will give us 14 points from the first quarter. You're probably looking to get at least 15 points from every quarter if you want to make the play-offs but it's not a disaster, especially given the inconsistency of almost every other team in the league. That extra point (or more) is easily reachable in the next quarter, but then again, that's maybe easier said than done for an Ian Murray AIrdrie team! Need to win next week now and need to get our full-strength team out ASAP. Don't think we've managed to do that once this season which is remarkable. Enjoyed the company on the bus, the fish supper in Stonehaven and the day out despite the football's best attempts to ruin it. Hopefully a better trip to Falkirk beckons in a few weeks.
  8. What team is it mate? I liked Griffin. Was good at collecting and recycling the ball and winning second balls in the middle of the park. There were games that definitely passed him by and times where he struggled to have any sort of influence, but on his day I thought he was a good midfielder for this level. Admittedly, that's a small sample size however as he barely played after the first couple of months of the season. He virtually disappeared after the re-start as Ian Murray clearly didn't fancy him. There were still games last season where I thought he could have played a part and he wasn't helped by us having an incredibly unbalanced midfield until Paton and Turner arrived, however their arrival pushed him down the pecking order even further. Definitely good enough to be playing in the Scottish non-leagues. TBH there's still a couple of teams in this league I reckon he'd improve. My only concern would be his fitness as he's barely kicked a ball in 2021.
  9. Agreed. Take Saturday's bench for instance. I like Matty McDonald but he's very raw. And other than him there's no quality or game-changers in there at all. Will be a bit better when Lyons, McCabe and Gabby McGill are back but we haven't had a full squad to choose from once yet which has left us pretty short the whole season thus far.
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