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  1. I thought Saturday's game was one of those ones where you couldn't have complained whatever way the result went. Both teams had their spells of dominance and there were spells in the game that were tight and played entirely in the midfield. But as it happened, Cove got the win and you can't argue that it wasn't merited. Frustrating afternoon, especially as Falkirk and Queen's Park both got beat so it would have been a real opportunity to build a gap at the top. Cove have a bit of an us v Raith Rovers and Partick Thistle feel to them unfortunately. We can beat every other team in the league but just fall short to the team who ends up winning it. Nothing is decided in November but dropping 6 points to them already feels like quite a lot. Means we really have to beat them the next two times we play them now. Can't really disagree with the prior analysis. Cove are strong in the middle of the park and, while we had our moments, we struggled to play through them. I sound like a broken record on this but having more width in the team would really help with this. Quitongo is a decent left-back but doesn't offer much going forward either in terms of carrying the ball or putting it into the box. That's fine as long as you've got other players who can do that but we've only got Watson who offers any sort of attacking outlet out wide and you need more than your right-back to rely on in that regard. Totally agree too about getting McCabe back into the midfield. That's twice we've played Cove without McCabe in the midfield ad it's hard not to believe we'd have fared better had he been playing there. You can't blame Murray for playing him at centre-half as we really didn't have any other options there but we do need him back in the middle ASAP. I don't care if his shoulder is hanging off him, get Luke Lyons in that team on Saturday. Gal didn't have his best game on Saturday but anyone wanting to play Jordan Allan ahead of him is at it. I'd love for Allan to be good given his backstory and history at the club but... he just isn't good enough unfortunately. It's particularly laughable to make this point given that he came on on Saturday (admittedly when the game was already done) and was useless. He's 5th choice striker on merit and isn't good enough to play a role beyond that which he plays at the moment (coming on when you're chasing a goal and hoping that absolutely anything sticks). Gal is still our best striker in terms of hold-up play and scoring goals. He's got 5 this season and a few assists, scored 14 in 2019/20 when the season finished in March and scored 9 in a shortened and broken up season last season which I think is a pretty good record. He's not in the same class as guys like Megginson but he's still one of the better strikers at this level. Allan is getting nowhere near those numbers.
  2. Great to see Sam happy and doing well for himself. https://www.facebook.com/BBCScotland/videos/4279764398813054/
  3. Cove had the best midfield in the league last season and, while they maybe haven't been quite up to the same standard this season, they're still second in the league and clearly a dangerous side. Hopefully at least one of McCabe and McInroy will be in the midfield on Saturday. We really missed the drive and impetus they both provide at the away up there in September. Lyons not featuring at all on Saturday was a concern but getting him (or Kerr) back would make us more solid in dealing with the threat of Megginson and McAlistair and of course allow McCabe to return to the midfield. The games last season were remarkably tight. A league win each and three draws including the play-offs. I'm expecting similar at the weekend. A draw would certainly not be a disaster but I feel we have to take as many points as possible from these three upcoming games and the home games are definitely the ones you have to look to win. A win against our closest competitors would be a huge boost psychologically and points wise.
  4. Patrick Thistle want to humiliate themselves in court again by the looks of things.
  5. Encouraging news. I hope that, primarily, he is okay, in a good frame of mind and has been supported by the players' union and club to reach a positive, amicable and satisfactory resolution. It'd be a big boost to have him back.
  6. Great win yesterday. Firstly, to get back on track after last week and take the opportunity to go top of the league. Secondly, that's exactly the sort of game we'd have lost even last season. A well organised, difficult to break down team but who have the quality still to cause you trouble. Before this season we wouldn't have scored before half-time, they'd have got a goal and defended their lead with ease while we desperately failed to break them down. The first-half was stuffy but the goal really opened the game up for us and seemed to give us a confidence boost at the right time. Great finish by Easton, as were the other two goals. Middle to front we were superb once again. McInroy had another excellent game. Took his goal (and the one that got disallowed) well, got stuck in, good positioning and gave us that bit of drive and impetus going forward the entire game, but especially in the first-half when it was mostly lacking. He's said previously that he doesn't think Celtic will give him a new deal. I'd be throwing an offer his way ASAP. Easton (deservedly) gets all the plaudits but I thought Frizzell was brilliant again yesterday and my MotM. He's just as integral to the way we play as the others. The ball was sticking to his feet like he had glue on his boots and I like that he's not afraid to have a shot at goal or get stuck in despite his (lack of) size. Gal and Smith are linking up really potently. I think they make each other better players and they clearly have a good understanding. Both of their overall hold-up and link-up play has improved and some of Gal's work-rate and hold-up play yesterday was just fantastic. Can't believe he made THAT miss again though Overall however, they're both playing well and coming up with goals and assists. Fingers crossed Salim's scans return positive news and he can get back to delivering on the pitch also. It was good to see Luke Lyons return and get some minutes under his belt. Assuming he's not some Joe Gorman-like disaster just having another proper centre-half/defender on the pitch should make a positive difference and make us more solid. Obviously he might need a few more weeks to get up to speed but if his return allows McCabe to return to the midfield and Josh Kerr to get the treatment/rest/rehabilitation he needs for his calf problem then we'll be all the better for it. Not sure what Max Currie was playing at but what a brain fart for the goal. A shame the camera never caught it! I was having flashbacks of the 3-4 Boxing Day game under EWB but thankfully we were able to see it out. I blame @AndyDD for suggesting we should make the end of games difficult for ourselves in the latest podcast. With us being top of the league, winning most weeks and playing so well I don't want to dwell on any negatives too much but I am concerned that we're essentially just going to have to muddle through until January without a proper left-back. There's obviously nothing we can do in that regard but it is a weak spot that teams will and are taking advantage of. McGill has been decent there at times and Walker did well enough yesterday within his own ability but neither are a long-term solution there either at the back or going forward and McDonald seems to have completely fallen out of the picture. This will hopefully be addressed ASAP in January. I'd still also like us to bring in a winger or a wide-forward. Murray and Agnew have both spoken recently in their DTV interviews about the importance of our full-backs and wide players stretching the play. But apart from Watson we don't have anyone who can actually do that, which can make us a bit predictable and lopsided. We suffered from that lack of ability to stretch the game against Alloa as neither Smith or McGill are proper wide players and it's something that could well happen again. Just having that player as an extra option would be helpful. Great feeling being top of the league! Full credit to the players, managers, board and staff for getting us into this position. Now we have to deal with the pressure of staying there. Huge run of games coming up. An East Fife side who have found a bit of form next week, Cove the following week then Montrose and Queen's Park at the start of December. Need to get as many points as possible from those games to put us in a strong position to (hopefully) strengthen in January.
  7. Great win yesterday. Firstly, to get back on track after last week and take the opportunity to go top of the league. Secondly, that's exactly the sort of game we'd have lost even last season. A well organised, difficult to break down team but who have the quality still to cause you trouble. Before this season we wouldn't have scored before half-time, they'd have got a goal and defended their lead with ease while we desperately failed to break them down. The first-half was stuffy but the goal really opened the game up for us and seemed to give us a confidence boost at the right time. Great finish by Easton, as were the other two goals. Middle to front we were superb once again. McInroy had another excellent game. Took his goal (and the one that got disallowed) well, got stuck in, good positioning and gave us that bit of drive and impetus going forward the entire game, but especially in the first-half when it was mostly lacking. He's said previously that he doesn't think Celtic will give him a new deal. I'd be throwing an offer his way ASAP. Easton (deservedly) gets all the plaudits but I thought Frizzell was brilliant again yesterday and my MotM. He's just as integral to the way we play as the others. The ball was sticking to his feet like he had glue on his boots and I like that he's not afraid to have a shot at goal or get stuck in despite his (lack of) size. Gal and Smith are linking up really potently. I think they make each other better players and they clearly have a good understanding. Both of their overall hold-up and link-up play has improved and some of Gal's work-rate and hold-up play yesterday was just fantastic. Can't believe he made THAT miss again though Overall however, they're both playing well and coming up with goals and assists. Fingers crossed Salim's scans return positive news and he can get back to delivering on the pitch also. It was good to see Luke Lyons return and get some minutes under his belt. Assuming he's not some Joe Gorman-like disaster just having another proper centre-half/defender on the pitch should make a positive difference and make us more solid. Obviously he might need a few more weeks to get up to speed but if his return allows McCabe to return to the midfield and Josh Kerr to get the treatment/rest/rehabilitation he needs for his calf problem then we'll be all the better for it. Not sure what Max Currie was playing at but what a brain fart for the goal. A shame the camera never caught it! I was having flashbacks of the 3-4 Boxing Day game under EWB but thankfully we were able to see it out. I blame @AndyDD for suggesting we should make the end of games difficult for ourselves in the latest podcast. With us being top of the league, winning most weeks and playing so well I don't want to dwell on any negatives too much but I am concerned that we're essentially just going to have to muddle through until January without a proper left-back. There's obviously nothing we can do in that regard but it is a weak spot that teams will and are taking advantage of. McGill has been decent there at times and Walker did well enough yesterday within his own ability but neither are a long-term solution there either at the back or going forward and McDonald seems to have completely fallen out of the picture. This will hopefully be addressed ASAP in January. I'd still also like us to bring in a winger or a wide-forward. Murray and Agnew have both spoken recently in their DTV interviews about the importance of our full-backs and wide players stretching the play. But apart from Watson we don't have anyone who can actually do that, which can make us a bit predictable and lopsided. We suffered from that lack of ability to stretch the game against Alloa as neither Smith or McGill are proper wide players and it's something that could well happen again. Just having that player as an extra option would be helpful. Great feeling being top of the league! Full credit to the players, managers, board and staff for getting us into this position. Now we have to deal with the pressure of staying there. Huge run of games coming up. An East Fife side who have found a bit of form next week, Cove the following week then Montrose and Queen's Park at the start of December. Need to get as many points as possible from those games to put us in a strong position to (hopefully) strengthen in January.
  8. I think everyone acknowledges that Saturday was a bit of an off-day performance wise. Most of our play seemed to come through Fordyce which probably isn't what you want! That being said, we still scored three goals, had a goal disallowed and missed a penalty. Of course the circumstances of Saturday's game make it hard to compare it with any other game played or still to come. And if you score the penalty or the disallowed goal then perhaps none of what happened later actually occurs. But that, along with the battling performance and team spirit, has to be encouraging. Alloa will be a tricky opponent but no reason why we can't get go there and get the 3 points. If we can get Smith, Frizzell and Easton running at Mendy and Durnan we should be able to cause them bother. Hopefully a win and a draw at QP v Cove and we're top come 17:00.
  9. Yeah I can't think why a game with 7 or 8 bookings, 3 red cards, 6 substitutions, a penalty that took an age to take due to MacLean's refusal to leave the pitch, wild goal celebrations that took a while to settle and Ramsbottom wasting time with every goal-kick he eventually shanked out would have much added time. What's the difference between the yellow cards your team got for dissent yesterday and the ones you normally have little sympathy for?
  10. Stenny away in the cup! Shite draw unfortunately, especially considering all the non-league teams still in the competition. Dull draw and they'll no doubt fucking beat us. Again.
  11. Was that not literally what he was doing though? Admittedly to a more officious standard than most referees but I'm not sure any of his decisions were blatantly outwith or an incorrect interpretation of the rules, apart from possibly the straight red for McLean albeit we don't know what was said or done to 'warrant' it.
  12. What. A. Game. Still buzzing though I'll probably need to lie down for most of tomorrow. That game/second-half was so mental there's probably not much point in being overly analytical. To that point my analysis will extend to: - McCabe's second penalty was stupid on his part. Not like him at all to make such a daft decision but, at 1-1 with the other team down to 10 men in a fairly stuffy game at that point, just hit it like you hit your first one and take the opportunity to regain the lead. Thankfully it didn't matter in the end. - Buchanan seemed desperate to get sent off from the moment he was first booked. Whether they were justified yellow and red cards or not, if the referee has laid down a marker for the standard of behaviour he expects, the onus is on the players and management of both teams to respond to and manage that. Dumbarton emphatically did not do that. Players like Buchanan, Geggan, Paton and McKee should really know better. Silly shove in the back from Geggan for his second booking (even if Currie did make the most of it) and I'm not sure how Buchanan's second booking can be disputed at all given that Allan would have been clean through on goal if he didn't take him out. McLean too had been at it the whole game and, while it shouldn't, that is ultimately going to influence the ref's decision in sending you off if you give him that decision to make. - Kerr was very erratic today and struggled until he was subbed. Is he injured again? We usually only get that sort of performance from him when he is. It could have just been an off day in fairness (like it was for the whole team) but that would be a concern and a huge miss for both him and the team if he was out again. - Paton going unmarked at the back-post for the equaliser at 11 v 8 - Big fan of Murray going 'baws oot' and just flinging on any striker he could find. Not sure I could handle that every week but it paid off this afternoon so fair fucking play. - Delighted for Salim to get his first goal. And what a way to do it! He hasn't really got going yet but hopefully this will be a confidence boost for him and he can kick-on from here and be the key player we all hoped he would be. What a cracker of a goal from Dylan Easton once again also. He was quieter today but moments like that are exactly why you have him on the park. - I have all the time in the world for the GIRFUYs and absolute scenes from both sides. Tremendous behaviour and it really added to this wild, hilarious and mad afternoon. I've no idea how or why this has become such a grudge match but again I'm all for it. The scenes at the end will be mirrored against us many times in the future, probably even by Dumbarton, and we'll be seething. But it's all a part of this great sport and why we love it. - I love Bryan Prunty.
  13. What. A. Game. Still buzzing though I'll probably need to lie down for most of tomorrow. That game/second-half was so mental there's probably not much point in being overly analytical. To that point my analysis will extend to: - McCabe's second penalty was stupid on his part. Not like him at all to make such a daft decision but, at 1-1 with the other team down to 10 men in a fairly stuffy game at that point, just hit it like you hit your first one and take the opportunity to regain the lead. Thankfully it didn't matter in the end. - Buchanan seemed desperate to get sent off from the moment he was first booked. Whether they were justified yellow and red cards or not, if the referee has laid down a marker for the standard of behaviour he expects, the onus is on the players and management of both teams to respond to and manage that. Dumbarton emphatically did not do that. Players like Buchanan, Geggan, Paton and McKee should really know better. Silly shove in the back from Geggan for his second booking (even if Currie did make the most of it) and I'm not sure how Buchanan's second booking can be disputed at all given that Allan would have been clean through on goal if he didn't take him out. McLean too had been at it the whole game and, while it shouldn't, that is ultimately going to influence the ref's decision in sending you off if you give him that decision to make. - Kerr was very erratic today and struggled until he was subbed. Is he injured again? We usually only get that sort of performance from him when he is. It could have just been an off day in fairness (like it was for the whole team) but that would be a concern and a huge miss for both him and the team if he was out again. - Paton going unmarked at the back-post for the equaliser at 11 v 8 - Big fan of Murray going 'baws oot' and just flinging on any striker he could find. Not sure I could handle that every week but it paid off this afternoon so fair fucking play. - Delighted for Salim to get his first goal. And what a way to do it! He hasn't really got going yet but hopefully this will be a confidence boost for him and he can kick-on from here and be the key player we all hoped he would be. What a cracker of a goal from Dylan Easton once again also. He was quieter today but moments like that are exactly why you have him on the park. - I have all the time in the world for the GIRFUYs and absolute scenes from both sides. Tremendous behaviour and it really added to this wild, hilarious and mad afternoon. I've no idea how or why this has become such a grudge match but again I'm all for it. The scenes at the end will be mirrored against us many times in the future, probably even by Dumbarton, and we'll be seething. But it's all a part of this great sport and why we love it. - I love Bryan Prunty.
  14. Hope Ross McLean, Andy Geggan, Paul Paton, Eoghan Stokes, Eric Phillips and Stevie Farrell all have a good night.
  15. That's fair enough. I've never met him (or even seen him play in person) so can't vouch for his character or opinions. I still think it's a bit of a wild thing to say though given the evidence of his first team career so far suggests he's not even good enough for this level of football. Mind you, maybe it's one of those things you have to say when you've been in that position.
  16. Maybe being unfair but I think Stokes has(/d) an unjustifiably high opinion of himself and his abilities. I'm sure he was in the press after he signed for yourselves saying he would have got into the Leeds first-team if they hadn't spent a load of money after selling Chris Wood, which is madness. Would plainly never have happened. I can understand why he was pissed off last season but if he looked at it objectively he'd see it from Murray and the clubs' point of view also. He just wasn't good enough on or off the ball to make any sort of impact on games whatsoever. One of the most anonymous players I've ever seen play for us. Maybe Farrell dishing out a 'telt' will do him good and he'll be able to get more out of him than we did. If Gary Deans is right he'll score a hat-trick tomorrow.
  17. I reckon this run of games coming up is actually a big one for us. Dumbarton (H), Alloa (A), Peterhead (H) and East Fife (A). I don't expect to win every game but there's really no reason why we couldn't, or shouldn't, get 12/12. It would give us a real bit of momentum that we need in terms of establishing ourselves as promotion candidates, better quarter 1's points tally only just over halfway through it and set us up nicely for the Cove game on the 20th. Which will in turn set us up nicely for Clydebank away in the Scottish Cup on the 27th
  18. Paton was excellent for us last season but did pick up two bad injuries which saw him miss a fair chunk of games. I was disappointed to lose out on him in the summer but maybe a bullet dodged? Certainly can't complain about the performance of our midfield at the moment. How's Eoghan Stokes been getting along?
  19. You have to win your home games to get promoted and, while it's a bit of a cliche, this is the sort of game we really do have to be winning if we're serious about getting out of this league. I think we've won 3 and drawn 1 (in 90 minutes) of our last 4 home games which (while it shouldn't be) is remarkable given our home form of the last 10 years or so. Which means we're probably due a slip-up! Dumbarton have clearly improved on last season and are no slouches. I do think it would be interesting to see how the team, and Murray, responded to going behind in a game although not so interesting that I want it to happen. Would we still play our attacking brand of football and be able to cut teams open or would we panic and struggle to break teams down like the Murray teams of old? Other than switching Watson for Walker (assuming Rico isn't back?) I'd go for exactly the same team as Saturday. Walker grew into the game but we missed Watson as an attacking outlet and his experience, shrewdness and communication in defence. I'll optimistically go for 2-0 Airdrie with a goal in each half. Currie and Ross McLean to be sent off for 'handbags' just before half-time and Scott McGill to go in goals and keep a clean-sheet.
  20. 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.
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