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  1. At least another two bodies coming along with me on Saturday. Including my uncle, currently living in Sweden, who booked a flight on a whim earlier this week to come to the game. Really hope the latent fan-base and wider town back the team on Saturday. This team more than deserves it
  2. Worth remembering that, even though it was a while ago, Sandy Stewart (who will presumably be coming with Coyle) has won this league before.
  3. I won't have a bad word said against the man. Hope he does well for Queen's and you follow Airdrie into the Championship. If nothing else he could play and solve your problems upfront.
  4. I'd heard whispers about Easton possibly being suspended for Saturday so that's great news he's available. Saturday's game is exactly the sort of game you need a Dylan Easton for. We've seen how tight our games against Queen's have been this season and it's often these games that are won by the bits of magic, quality or inspiration that Dylan is capable of. Indeed it was a bit of that from McInroy that won it last time. While the rest of our midfield are excellent I don't think any of them do quite the same job or have the same quality of thought or on the ball as what Dylan does. Great news! Incidentally, all the best to Owen Coyle when he takes over at Saturday's visitors. I hope he follows Airdrie's lead and leads them to the League 1 title next season.
  5. Well that was good eh? I've seen a few people say that we weren't at our best. While I think this is literally true, I still thought we were very damn good. Watching the highlights we cut Falkirk open at ease essentially every time we were in their half. Admittedly Falkirk's clown college midfield and defence helped in that regard but I still thought we were very good overall and with better finishing or decision-making in the final-third we could have had a few more. To a man you couldn't find any faults in the team. Fordyce and McCabe instrumental to our success once again and, along with Falkirk's midfield, kept Kabia and Griffiths out the game. Watson has come onto a game again recently. Superb cross for Gal's goal, good defensively and linked up well with Gabby (or Gabriel) the entire time both were on the park. Agnew and Frizz were outstanding in the middle. Brilliant work-rate, won every ball, got up and down the park and linked the play well going forward. Another excellent double from Smith and Gal is still our best pure centre forward. Should mention also that Smith and Gabby's work-rate was tremendous. Both got up and down the park chasing the opposition and winning the ball in their half before carrying it forward with ease. One particular highlight was Gabby's headed clearance from a Falkirk breakaway in the first-half. Special mention though to Max Currie who I think went under the radar this weekend. Made a couple of good saves beforehand but that save from Kabia's header is a match-winner. Sure, Falkirk are such shitebags that they'd have probably lost anyway. But that goes in it's 1-1 and the momentum of the game completely changes. Great win, great support and a great day out overall. Hopefully more of the same on Saturday and beyond.
  6. Well that was good eh? I've seen a few people say that we weren't at our best. While I think this is literally true, I still thought we were very damn good. Watching the highlights we cut Falkirk open at ease essentially every time we were in their half. Admittedly Falkirk's clown college midfield and defence helped in that regard but I still thought we were very good overall and with better finishing or decision-making in the final-third we could have had a few more. To a man you couldn't find any faults in the team. Fordyce and McCabe instrumental to our success once again and, along with Falkirk's midfield, kept Kabia and Griffiths out the game. Watson has come onto a game again recently. Superb cross for Gal's goal, good defensively and linked up well with Gabby (or Gabriel) the entire time both were on the park. Agnew and Frizz were outstanding in the middle. Brilliant work-rate, won every ball, got up and down the park and linked the play well going forward. Another excellent double from Smith and Gal is still our best pure centre forward. Should mention also that Smith and Gabby's work-rate was tremendous. Both got up and down the park chasing the opposition and winning the ball in their half before carrying it forward with ease. One particular highlight was Gabby's headed clearance from a Falkirk breakaway in the first-half. Special mention though to Max Currie who I think went under the radar this weekend. Made a couple of good saves beforehand but that save from Kabia's header is a match-winner. Sure, Falkirk are such shitebags that they'd have probably lost anyway. But that goes in it's 1-1 and the momentum of the game completely changes. Great win, great support and a great day out overall. Hopefully more of the same on Saturday and beyond.
  7. Good win away from home last week. Will need to do the same this weekend. As already said, we really can't afford any slip-ups now during the run-in. You do get the fear that Falkirk will get their act together at some stage but we should be going into this game confident of the three points and, if we play at our best at the back and going forward, we will win. At the end of the day, if we want to get promoted, we need to be beating the likes of Falkirk, Peterhead and East Fife as a given. Airdrie 2-1 Falkirk. Griffiths to score his second of 2 Falkirk career goals and Leon McCann to play with his shorts metaphorically pulled down again.
  8. Reckon Brittany, Aaron and Harpreet will be in the final 5. Wasn’t impressed with Aaron at the start (and still not convinced he’s any good) but he seems to have built up enough goodwill to get him there. Take your pick of two from the other three. I think Kathryn is better than Stephanie and Akeem but Sugar obviously wasn’t impressed last week so another loss could sink her. Don’t think any of them are bulletproof if they have a disaster. Worst set of candidates to be on the show. Unless her business plan is a lot of nonsense Britanny will be win by being the least worst.
  9. We’re definitely winning the league now. Congratulations Owen and Sandy!
  10. Also, I wouldn’t have let Sugar get away with calling me a ‘Grand Prix (p***ks)’
  11. Akshay must have the mother of all business plans Sugar’s that desperate not to fire him. Him and Nick were a disaster in the kitchen but they were right - the task was lost before they even got to that stage with Stephanie’s poor negotiation on ticket sales and the dreadful museum tour. Nick would have been a good laugh in the interviews too.
  12. Fordyce must be at near enough 100 appearances by now? Here's to the next 100!
  13. Fucking useless shitebag Grangemouth feartie 3-stand diddy club no fans b*****ds.
  14. Not a vintage performance to say the least (what's the opposite of hyperbole?) but a good and important win. We've been on the opposite end of being the only team in a game before the opposition score a sucker punch and we lose 1-0 so I'm delighted to be on the winning end of that scenario on this occasion. For me, the midfield composition and balance hasn't been quite right since McInroy left. For a start, Easton is absolutely wasted in that role on the left-hand side. Get him in the middle and on the ball as often as possible. The last couple of games the midfield has been sitting far too deep. Both Montrose and Peterhead's midfield were practically able to freely run the ball box-to-box at times. Is that due to having both Agnew and McCabe in the team? Agnew has done well but I would move McCabe into the deep-lying role and have him dictating and starting our plays like we did when he was at the back. Have Easton and Frizzell in the middle and Scott McGill on the left-hand side. That's probably as close as we can get to the team we've played our best and most effective football with. Fordyce a colossus at the back and Brody Paterson very good once again. Good initial cross in for the goal. That was probably Max Currie's best game for a while. Some good saves and came out and confidently collected every cross ball (IIRC). More of the same please. Nice finish from Afolabi. And well set up by McCabe and Paterson with the cross. Still a bit difficult to know fully what he will offer yet as he wasn't in the game much, like the rest of the team, but thought he had some nice touches and held the ball up well at times. Looking forward to seeing more of him. A long but enjoyable day out on the supporters' bus.
  15. Not a vintage performance to say the least (what's the opposite of hyperbole?) but a good and important win. We've been on the opposite end of being the only team in a game before the opposition score a sucker punch and we lose 1-0 so I'm delighted to be on the winning end of that scenario on this occasion. For me, the midfield composition and balance hasn't been quite right since McInroy left. For a start, Easton is absolutely wasted in that role on the left-hand side. Get him in the middle and on the ball as often as possible. The last couple of games the midfield has been sitting far too deep. Both Montrose and Peterhead's midfield were practically able to freely run the ball box-to-box at times. Is that due to having both Agnew and McCabe in the team? Agnew has done well but I would move McCabe into the deep-lying role and have him dictating and starting our plays like we did when he was at the back. Have Easton and Frizzell in the middle and Scott McGill on the left-hand side. That's probably as close as we can get to the team we've played our best and most effective football with. Fordyce a colossus at the back and Brody Paterson very good once again. Good initial cross in for the goal. That was probably Max Currie's best game for a while. Some good saves and came out and confidently collected every cross ball (IIRC). More of the same please. Nice finish from Afolabi. And well set up by McCabe and Paterson with the cross. Still a bit difficult to know fully what he will offer yet as he wasn't in the game much, like the rest of the team, but thought he had some nice touches and held the ball up well at times. Looking forward to seeing more of him. A long but enjoyable day out on the supporters' bus and agree RE The Carron fish supper
  16. I think maybe the biggest fundamental difference is that, for the first time since he's been at the club, Murray has been able to sign and build the team/squad exactly how he wants. He's finally got a squad of players he trusts, rates and knows he can rely on. That's why, even with the Covid and injury situations we've had this season, the nucleus and bones of the squad as well as the system and tactics we play has been the same week-to-week. It's also allowed for players to come into the squad knowing exactly what position and role they're to play (another regular complaint about Murray) - even if inferior to the player they're replacing (e.g Walker, Allan, McDonald). That allows for continuity and some mitigation for the drop in individual standard. It makes a huge difference knowing at least roughly what the starting XI is going to be each week. Rather than Murray throwing names at the wall and seeing what sticks every game!
  17. That “Cleveland” “Middlesbrough?” line was funny at least.
  18. Good wee read (and good choice of pubs). Comes across as having a lot of affection for the club and town which is nice.
  19. Great win. To beat them so convincingly, after not beating them previously this season and not playing particularly well, is excellent and bodes well for any potential play-off encounter. Definitely a much needed psychological boost. 4 cracking goals. Feels like there are goal of the season contenders every week! Two lovely and different finishes from Gal. He's not had his best season but when he plays like that he's undeniably our best striker and most natural finisher. Thought his work rate, hold-up and link-up play were good today also. Watson's goal another beauty. MacDonald struggled in the first-half (looked like he had a bag of ice around his leg in the second-half) so Watson's arrival made a difference, not only with his goal but also RE dealing with Blair Lyons. Then Smith did what he does best for the fourth. As said, the timing of the goals was impeccable and badly needed at each stage they were scored. Thought Fordyce and Kerr largely strolled it. For all Montrose's pressure and possession they really didn't create much in the way of chances. We sat far too deep most of the game - Montrose's defence and midfield had practically box-to-box to run from - but we got away with it and dealt with any threat they posed well enough. I thought Brody Paterson was very good too. He seems to have really settled into the side. What a difference having a proper left-back makes! Second behind Gal in the MotM running for me. Think we need to sort out which midfielder(s) sit deep, which one plays on the left-hand side etc as since McInroy left I don't think we've got the balance 100% spot on yet. But to win so comprehensively without McCabe, Easton or Frizzell being at their best is again hugely encouraging. Cove dropping points made it a brilliant afternoon overall. Looking forward to watching the highlights, seeing more of Afolabi and venturing up to Peterhead next week.
  20. Great win. To beat them so convincingly, after not beating them previously this season and not playing particularly well, is excellent and bodes well for any potential play-off encounter. Definitely a much needed psychological boost. 4 cracking goals. Feels like there are goal of the season contenders every week! Two lovely and different finishes from Gal. He's not had his best season but when he plays like that he's undeniably our best striker and most natural finisher. Thought his work rate, hold-up and link-up play were good today also. Watson's goal another beauty. MacDonald struggled in the first-half (looked like he had a bag of ice around his leg in the second-half) so Watson's arrival made a difference, not only with his goal but also RE dealing with Blair Lyons. Then Smith did what he does best for the fourth. As said, the timing of the goals was impeccable and badly needed at each stage they were scored. Thought Fordyce and Kerr largely strolled it. For all Montrose's pressure and possession they really didn't create much in the way of chances. We sat far too deep most of the game - Montrose's defence and midfield had practically box-to-box to run from - but we got away with it and dealt with any threat they posed well enough. I thought Brody Paterson was very good too. He seems to have really settled into the side. What a difference having a proper left-back makes! Second behind Gal in the MotM running for me. Think we need to sort out which midfielder(s) sit deep, which one plays on the left-hand side etc as since McInroy left I don't think we've got the balance 100% spot on yet. But to win so comprehensively without McCabe, Easton or Frizzell being at their best is again hugely encouraging. Cove dropping points made it a brilliant afternoon overall. Looking forward to watching the highlights, seeing more of Afolabi and venturing up to Peterhead next week.
  21. Don't know how we'll line up today but we'll potentially have a bench with Gal/Allan, Gabby, Scott McGill Afolabi and Devenny. Immediately that puts us in a stronger position than, for example the recent games at Firhill where we brought on Gal and a not fully fit centre-half in the cup, and in the league game where we had nobody on the bench apart from Ritchie and McDonald.
  22. Good to see big Afolabi passes the ‘has he played for Dunfermline or the Leeds United youth team? test’ all of our signings go through.
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