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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. We've done well out of the loan market in recent years but only have a couple at the moment. Scott McGill has done very well and has proven useful in his versatility, especially given how light we've been at times due to injuries and Covid. We haven't seen much of Rhys Caves at all although he is only 17 and was presumably brought in so we could literally just field a team that day at Balmoor. But he's a local boy and a decent prospect by all accounts so hopefully he can make an impact at some point. I did think we might bring in a defender on loan with Kerr and Lyons both being out for extended periods and Wardrop leaving but we've managed to get by so far.
  6. I haven't seen it publicised anywhere at all so I assume not. I don't know what the cost of running it is financially or convenience or staff wise but like you say it seems like a missed opportunity. I believe I'm 'owed' it twice now as a shirt sponsor so, having never done it before, I'm looking forward to the experience when it gets going again.
  7. It was Cove 3-0 Queen's Park at the end of August 2019. I'd previously completed the 42 before Cove replaced Berwick so with that and now staying in the south side of Glasgow/in front of where the QP supporters' bus leaves from it seemed too good an opportunity to miss. With hindsight it now seems like an even smarter move with Covid and the possibility of our teams passing each other by up a league. Very different Queen's Park side to what they have now! An enjoyable day out but it's never quite the same when it isn't your team. Looking forward to it.
  8. Well that is pretty fucking class. Looking forward to seeing the WWE ghouls online try and spin this as actually being bad.
  9. I mean that was quite clearly your intention and you condoned it on the tele in front of thousands of people. You compared sexual assault to your haircut FFS.
  10. This will be the first away game of the season for me. I have seen a game at the Balmoral before but this will be my first time watching Airdrie there so I am looking forward to it. We should be going up there with confidence and aiming to get a result after our recent run of form. Cove will no doubt feel the same. Fingers crossed McCabe will be back and Josh Kerr and the others with niggles will all be fully fit.
  11. Should have said too that I hope Rico is okay. I don't blame him at all if he wasn't up for playing (if that's why he was missing) but good to see him at the game and I hope the club are giving him the support he needs. Here's hoping he'll be back next week keeping Leighton McIntosh in his back pocket alongside Stephen O'Donnell.
  12. Why does Liam Watt not get a game? He was a player I always liked at Airdrie and is surely better than the rubbish that was on the park yesterday. Likewise I am glad Kyle Connell wasn't playing. Injured?
  13. Enjoyable afternoon yesterday. East Fife were certainly the weakest team we have played so far but you can only beat what is in front of you and, while we maybe could have killed the game a bit earlier than we did, we did a job on them in the end. Our squad is still pretty makeshift and getting back to full fitness so to get 10 points out of the last 12 is a great run of form all things considered. Lovely pass from Salim to Smith for Gal's first goal. Great to see Gal doing what he does best and 3 goals in 2 games will no doubt be a boost. He was always going to get going as soon as he got his first so I'm just glad it's happened sooner rather than later. Hopefully Salim will be the same when he finally breaks his duck. He looks like he's still getting up to full fitness (and the injury can't have helped) but you can see his quality at times. Fair play to young Scott McGill for stepping in at left-back and for that goal, which he definitely meant! I like him a lot as a player and we've probably not even seen the best of him yet considering he's been shunted around so much. Good to see Josh Kerr back but I hope he hasn't been rushed back again just to fill a gap in the squad. We need him back fully 100% fit and available for an extended period of time and not back for a game or two here and there before he has to rehab an injury again. I've liked Watson since the start of the season but he's undoubtedly our best right-back now which has thankfully solved a position that was beginning to become a bit of a problem. Good defensively and on the ball and constantly talking and organising which is exactly what you want to see. I think we might see a few more goals from crosses from the right-hand side into Gal, Sal and G McGill. I thought Agnew did a decent job in the deep-lying midfield role but we definitely missed McCabe. Does anyone know what's up with him? Huge game next week against what was the best midfield in the league last season so I dare say we need him back urgently. We'll be facing Megginson next week and Goodwillie the following week so ideally we need him back in midfield and a fully fit Josh Kerr in defence to deal with those threats. Oh and Dylan Easton - a joy to watch. Big game next week and no reason why we can't go up there with confidence expecting a result. I haven't made an away game yet this season so I am looking forward to it. If we hadn't dropped those daft points at Dumbarton we'd be top! A lot to be positive about right now.
  14. His agent confirmed a witness came forward on one of the Facebook threads. Not that he should have do that for Rico to be believed but it is there in writing.
  15. I saw someone else on Facebook make the comparison to the Fashanu song and I'm not entirely sure why. You've said yourself it's not racist, homophobic or offensive nor intended to be. It's also still sung to this day with, as far as I know, zero problems, bigotry or misinterpretation behind it and zero uproar caused. They seemed to be making some sort of nonsense "Oh you can't say or sing anything these days" comment but to me it's a false equivalent compared to the actual racist abuse Rico has received.
  16. Don't think anybody has said otherwise or disagrees with or disputes what you mention above. Equally it doesn’t matter which section of the support the culprit comes from. If they’re in the B, go on the Bible bus, are in the Airdrie Aces, play for the Swally or whatever. Once they’re caught they should be turfed out and banned for life.
  17. It's been great to see the vast majority of supporters have called out this disgusting act for what it is and have likewise shown disgust, anger, disappointment and embarrassment that such a thing should happen and shown full solidarity and support to and with Rico. It's also been encouraging to see the club be proactive (they started their investigation on Sunday) and promise zero tolerance in a lifetime ban for the culprit. Some of the reactions on here and social media have been disappointing however. Genuinely think it's bizarre that some folk's first reaction would be to question Rico and whether or not it actually happened rather than show another human being (Airdrie player or not) solidarity after being racially abused. Like I would have thought that's the first basic instinct of supporting a football club and its players AND being a decent person. Some odd and completely beyond the pale victim blaming and false comparisons also. Why would he make it up? Why would he describe such traumatic events and want the club to publicly open an investigation against one of its supporters if it wasn't true? Hopefully we can begin to make strides in eradicating this problem once and for all by banning the perpetrator and offering Rico our full support and solidarity from Saturday onwards. I am no expert and something more substantial or long-lasting would be ideal but even something like a minute's applause for Rico on Saturday could make for a worthwhile gesture.
  18. McCabe usually plays in the middle of the park too but he's been used at centre-half the last few weeks because our two other options there are out with long(ish)-term injuries. He's actually been excellent in there but he's much better and more influential in the midfield and we need him back there soon IMO.
  19. Disgusted, ashamed, embarrassed and angry to read that. Full solidarity with Rico and I hope the club find the culprit and show zero tolerance towards them. They should be banned for life and never even so much as be made to feel welcome at anything to do with the football club again. I know it can be intimidating but this sort of nonsense has to be called out in the stands too. Even if it’s just telling a steward or getting a group of folk to confront them with you, they absolutely need to be confronted and be made to feel unwelcome, unwanted and unsafe. Zero tolerance from the club and the fans. A gesture of solidarity towards Rico would be good and let him know that he has got the backing of the club and the support and that this shit won’t fly.
  20. We made it difficult for ourselves near the end but a good 3 points tonight. We were organised and defended well in the first-half. Alloa had most of the ball but did f**k all with it which we were perfectly content to let them do. Delighted for Gal that he got his goal. He’s been needing that for a while. Thought our linkup play was great for both goals. Good ball in from Watson for the first and great linkup play between Gal, Easton and Frizzell for the second. And cracking finish from Frizzell. Another well deserved goal. I thought he was excellent tonight. Always looking to go forward, good use of the ball, lovely goal and he did well to dig in against a decent player in Senna. We clearly tired in the second-half which I guess is still the affects of Covid. Not much you can do in that sense during a game although I did think Murray could and should have used his subs a lot earlier. Agnew, G. McGill and Gallagher were all visibly toiling which was evident when Agnew didn’t (couldn’t?) win the second ball leading up to Sammon’s goal. Great we were able to see the game out though. We did struggle with Sammon’s physicality but McCabe and Fordyce were brilliantly organised once again. Salim put in a good shift when he came on which is encouraging. Still think we need another centre-half and wide player for reasons already discussed but overall pleased with our efforts and performance tonight. Same again on Saturday please
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