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airdrieman

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  1. Salim Kouider-Aïssa joins Stranraer on loan until January.
  2. No harm to Allan but I thought him getting clapped off yesterday was a bit much. He's hardly Owen Coyle! Smith and Gal would be the starters every week for me. TBF I think the one thing you're guaranteed from Smith, Gabby and Jamieson is work-rate. Gabby and Jamieson can be frustrating/inconsistent though but Smith was MotM IMO yesterday. Agreed on Salim's holdup play. I'm not sure he entirely fits into our style of play but it's good having him as an option off the bench. Would like to see him start the Challenge Cup game next week along with McMaster and Wylie. Good opportunity for Henderson, Telfer and ATS to get more minutes too.
  3. I think what hasn't helped the defence is how open we've been. Pretty much any time we lose the ball high up the park the opposition are in and around our box within 3-4 passes. Obviously Edinburgh really punished us for this but in every other game it's only been a combination of dreadful finishing and brilliant saves from Johnson and Henderson that has seen us not lose more goals (and probably more points). If your forwards and goalie can bail you out every game then fair enough I guess but it does need to tighten up. Not sure what the answer is within the current squad or system but I think McCabe being back in the side would help.
  4. Looks like a 30 year tribute to the Prague kit, like what they did 10 years ago for the 20th anniversary.
  5. Well we needed a reaction after last time out and we certainly got one! Thought there wasn't much between the teams in the first-half. We probably played the better football through Telfer and Frizzell but we're still far too loose with the ball and slack defensively at times for my liking. We were lucky the times Clyde did get in and around our area they either had a terrible final ball or finish or Henderson pulled off some cracking saves (again). Jamieson's goal was strange but amusing. Delighted that he got his goal. He can be a frustrating player but he's a quality player too and he works hard. It was a deserved and much needed goal. Likewise for Smith and his double and I thought he was very good overall today with his hold and linkup play. Looking forward to watching the third goal back. As soon as the second went in Clyde more-or-less chucked it/fell to bits and it was a bit of a canter from that point onwards. Lovely goal from Gabby. I was giving him a bit of stick, for that miss especially but it was a nice run and finish. Gal would still be the starting centre-forward for me though. Nice to see McMaster back on the pitch and to see Salim notch another goal too. Hopefully a few more late goals from corners to come this season! Hope both guys and Wylie get the chance to start next week and hopefully show a bit more of what they can do. Thought ATS was absolutely fine defensively and with the ball at his feet. Would maybe give him a chance at left-back as Deveney struggled today. Overall a great win, wiped out the dent to the goal difference made a couple of weeks ago and the other results in the division were largely positive for us. Just need the home kits now
  6. Well we needed a reaction after last time out and we certainly got one! Thought there wasn't much between the teams in the first-half. We probably played the better football through Telfer and Frizzell but we're still far too loose with the ball and slack defensively at times for my liking. We were lucky the times Clyde did get in and around our area they either had a terrible final ball or finish or Henderson pulled off some cracking saves (again). Jamieson's goal was strange but amusing. Delighted that he got his goal. He can be a frustrating player but he's a quality player too and he works hard. It was a deserved and much needed goal. Likewise for Smith and his double and I thought he was very good overall today with his hold and linkup play. Looking forward to watching the third goal back. As soon as the second went in Clyde more-or-less chucked it/fell to bits and it was a bit of a canter from that point onwards. Lovely goal from Gabby. I was giving him a bit of stick, for that miss especially but it was a nice run and finish. Gal would still be the starting centre-forward for me though. Nice to see McMaster back on the pitch and to see Salim notch another goal too. Hopefully a few more late goals from corners to come this season! Hope both guys and Wylie get the chance to start next week and hopefully show a bit more of what they can do. Thought ATS was absolutely fine defensively and with the ball at his feet. Would maybe give him a chance at left-back as Deveney struggled today. Overall a great win, wiped out the dent to the goal difference made a couple of weeks ago and the other results in the division were largely positive for us. Just need the home kits now
  7. I think squad wise we’re actually better than we were last season. Without having seen ATS yet it feels like the entire squad can at least make positive impacts or contributions to games. I’m not sure Wylie is ready to start games yet but, he was unfortunate to come back into the team for last week’s disaster, and there’s still time for him. I’d still stick with Deveney on the left. He struggled at Dunfermline but I think he’d actually been one of our most consistent defenders up until then and we missed Devenny terribly in the middle last week. Would start him in the middle and have Wylie on the bench.
  8. Pleased with that. I think he’ll fit into our style of football well and he adds quality and experience - both of which we need. Looking forward to seeing him play - hopefully sooner rather than later!
  9. Airdrieonians sign Charlie Telfer from Falkirk.
  10. Tbf to him, spending 6 months in Grangemouth has probably scarred the boy for life.
  11. Airdrieonians sign Aaron Taylor-Sinclair from Falkirk.
  12. Josh Rae can't be too far away if Murray Johnson is going back to Hibs. Hopefully Rae is back soon but I assume that now we have two goalies available there’s no longer a basis in which we can have an emergency loan keeper? Henderson at least seems to have a good pedigree and, presumably McCabe, wouldn’t have gone to the trouble of signing him from Northern Ireland if he didn’t think he was decent. Would have been as well keeping Cantley or signing someone else of that ilk if he’s just there to fill a spot on the bench.
  13. I’d probably stick with the same team. Deveney was poor on Saturday but he’s done well so far and I don’t think he’ll get as tough a time in any other fixture as he did on Saturday, against Kyle MacDonald of all folk. Albeit the boy Robertson seems to have scored in almost every game so far and I think he plays on the right. Feel the same about Jamieson. Was obviously having a bit of a stinker but he’d been excellent and a real threat in every game up until Saturday. He deserves, and needs, a goal. I assume Henderson will be in goals on Saturday? The Alloa cup game (which is now the Friday night) seems like the best opportunity to give the likes of Salim, Wylie, McMaster and ATS (if he’s still around), a full, or as close to a full 90 minutes as possible, under their belts. If we can kill off either the Edinburgh or Clyde game(s) early enough we might see a bit more of them.
  14. I didn’t spot any foul or infringement myself at the goal but as you say, it came from a foul throw (as did the goal that counted) so… *shrugs*. Some of the heads gone from the presumably younger contingent of the Pars support on Twitter is amusing. More disappointing is us struggling to defend them. If any team should be able to defend a long-throw it should be us! Enjoyed that yesterday. Two good, but different, teams playing a competitive, even and fairly open game of football. Thought the draw was fair and both teams had spells on top. Dunfermline probably had the better chances but most of them were routine saves for Johnson. That being said Gal should have done better with his effort and Fordyce was unlucky with his cracker off the bar. Our goal was even better than I initially remembered. Another great long ball over from Watson, nice lay-off by Devenny and Frizzell’s finish is a cracker. The goal we lost was incredibly soft though and we got away with that at the end. Dunfermline are the best team we’ve been played so far. Edwards, MacDonald and Mochrie probably your best players yesterday. Enjoyed my day out. East End Park is still a proper football ground which makes a hell of a difference in terms of atmosphere. The bridies are also God-tier.
  15. I assume with Henderson signing that will be Johnson away? A shame to lose him as he’s done us a real turn but I’ll be watching his career with great interest. The boy is a real prospect. Assume clearance for the other Northern Irish boys will be ready soon? That will obviously add some quantity to the squad. I’m not wholly sold on him but I’d probably offer ATS a deal. He fills the gap(s) at centre-half and left-back himself and he offers a bit of experience and size both of which we lack. Thought he might have came on with Deveney struggling but I can understand not wanting to bring on a trialist defender (who’s presumably lacking match sharpness) in such a tight game. If he’s still kicking around I would offer Telfer a deal too. I think he’d do well in our team and again he offers a bit of quality and experience. Our midfield is good but very young. I hope Jamieson is back firing next week. He struggled yesterday but he’s been great and a real threat for us. Deserves (and needs) a goal.
  16. Airdrie sign Alex Henderson from Coleraine.
  17. Alex Henderson, Taylor-Sinclair (presumably) and McMaster all on the bench.
  18. How’s MacDonald been this season? I liked him when he played for us but I must admit I went right off him in the play-off semi-final v Montrose. Only beaten to being our worst player by Max Currie who sold practically all 5 goals we conceded over the two legs.
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