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  1. Robbie Deas was excellent for Alloa. The one blemish being inside the opening minute when he failed to safely deal with a ball over the top which Dunfermline almost scored from. Once he found his feet he blocked numerous shots and was commanding in the air. Andy Graham praised him throughout the game for winning his duels. An added bonus was his passing when he had time to assess what was in front of him. I was impressed by Alloa's neat play in the middle of the park. Flannigan had a brilliant game and showed his experience. Superb hit from Adam Brown, too. For someone who wasn't even supposed to start the match, he sure took his chance.
  2. Greg Shields was the star of the show tonight. You can see the passion he has for the club and what he wants to achieve with the youth he's developing.
  3. I feel that's a little harsh on Morris. I'd say the Morris-Watson partnership was arguably County's best during the season.
  4. Scully had to make a superb save low to his right to deny Aaron Jarvis' header from a cross just after the restart.
  5. A flat performance from start to finish. All credit to Alloa, they more than merited their win with their attacking in the first half and defending in the second. Hopefully Watson's injury isn't serious. What a challenge he put in to stop Alloa scoring sooner than they did. I think fatigue is beginning to creep in now. Looked sluggish from the start and lacked any creativity. It was only when Midge got on the ball that it looked like a chance may emerge. Taking Spence off was a terrible call. We look a poorer team every time Cowie starts and I was amazed he wasn't hooked first. It's time to see what the co-managers are made of with two massive games next week. Hopefully we'll see Draper and Stewart start ahead of Cowie and Graham. PS. The ref telling Neil Parry to "stop taking the piss" or he'll book him for time-wasting was gold.
  6. It was a very similar game to the first meeting between the teams at EEP this season. Dunfermline were the better team first half, with County having all the joy in the second. In the end, it was a comfortable win. Bruce Anderson and Faissal El Bakhtaoui worked well together and they took full advantage of Callum Semple's apparent injury. The difference Andy Boyle made after coming on was vast. He gave nothing away. An assured debut. As one poster alluded to earlier, I was surprised the hosts didn't target County's left-hand side more than they did. Ryan Williamson is known for his overlapping runs, but he never got to the byline as much as he would have liked to, and that's partly down to how well Kenny Van Der Weg coped with his 1v1's against Kallum Higginbotham - who had a very poor afternoon against him. Higginbotham lashed out at Michael Gardyne shortly after being dispossessed by VDW to cap off the winger's dreadful showing. The majority of the game was played down that side of the pitch, with County winning the battle in the second half. Gardyne coming on influenced the game massively, and like the match back in August, he gave Williamson a torrid time. He's an obvious weak link defensively, and Gardyne savoured his moments against him, much like he did the first time around when he capitalised on the full back's mistake to score. This time he was the beneficiary of a shanked clearance from Higginbotham, which was quite fitting. I understand why Stevie Crawford made that double substitution, but he killed any threat his side still had. Anderson had run himself into the ground after a great debut, and El Bakhtaoui was understandably not favoured to play the lone striker role. That was a fair assessment to make, but would he have been any worse than Callum Smith when he came on? I doubt it. In trying to shore up defensively, the changes ended up gifting County the centre of the park. Ross Draper, Jamie Lindsay and Lewis Spence were only ever going to win a midfield battle against Ryan Blair, James Craigen and James Vincent. The latter's attempt at blocking the winner was comical, and he lost the ball regularly. I fail to see what he's offering to that midfield. Draper was immense throughout and bullied his counterparts. Lindsay worked hard and was a threat going forward whilst also recovering brilliantly to prevent what you would assume would've been the opener at that stage of the game. Spence was industrious, putting himself about and getting stuck in. He wanted to impress against his former employers, and I feel he accomplished that. Brian Graham done his job and linked the play well to those running off him. He really should have scored, though. Fair play to Craigen, it was a great block on the line. I was a bit surprised to see Declan McManus taken off at the break, but I think Stuart Kettlewell's post-match comments hinted why he made the switch. I thought Billy Mckay was the more obvious choice to go off, but taking off your top scorer in a losing position would've been bold. Mckay is never a winger, and as @bunglebonce says, the moment the management team stop playing our forwards out there, the better. It's been great to see a confident Billy Mckay this season. He finished 'both' of his goals well. Imagine giving a striker with 12 league goals to his name that much space in the box, though. He gambled on a deflection and was rewarded for it, but the marking was non-existent. With Falkirk and Partick Thistle both picking up wins and finding form, I really worry about Dunfermline. As great as it would be for them to have Anderson and El Bakhtaoui forming a partnership and finding the back of the net consistently, their fragile defence and lightweight midfield are really causes for concern. The three sides below them either strengthened by recruiting free agents, or they retained key loan signings in Alloa's case. The Pars haven't recruited well enough all season and with an inexperienced manager in the dugout, they could pay heavily for it this year.
  7. Didn't look out of place. He conceded a cheap free-kick late on, which he was booked for. Other than that, he was solid. The back four didn't have much to deal with. Watson deserved to grab the winner for his shout to Josh Mullin moments before it. Mullin had been taking quick, short free-kicks and corners with no end result, so Watson having seen enough, yelled at him: "Josh! Get it in the f****** box!" Mullin listened and Watson glanced his delivery home for the winner. Lovely.
  8. Josh Mullin's delivery is consistenly excellent. It was the best performance I've seen from Mckay in a County shirt, not just in front of goal, but his overall play. He held the ball up well, his movement was good and he picked out the right passes at the right times. Same again against Partick Thistle next week, please.
  9. Advertising one of the Highland Derby fixtures on Twitter with a pic of Scott Boden scoring was a gem. The club's social media is beyond a joke.
  10. I don't think it's necessarily game time that he needs. It's more the case of him imposing himself when he is in the starting eleven, for me. He's far too passive. When he does take the game by the scruff of neck (3-2 loss at home to Aberdeen, for example), there's a real player there. I can't see him breaking back into the team with Chow and Routis performing so well together and with Woods the favourite to deputise for either one of them.
  11. As long as Schalk is involved in some capacity, whether that be with Curran/Graham up front, or cutting in off the left, I will be more optimistic about our chances of winning. His movement coupled with McShane's range of passing may prove to be a good outlet. At the very least it will give Celtic's defence something to think about. I suggest the idea of starting him wide due to the unlikelihood of Graham being dropped, especially after scoring on Saturday. Would be harsh on either of them really, considering they've worked quite well together. What I'd like to see (lends itself to a change of shape if needed): Fox Fraser Quinn Davies Foster Murdoch Irvine McShane Gardyne Schalk Graham What we will see: Fox Fraser Boyd Davies Foster Murdoch Irvine McShane Gardyne Graham Curran
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