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Coventry Saint

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  1. At the risk of uttering the most famous of last words, I'd be reasonably confident of Goodwin containing Harkins, and I think it'd be a contest worth watching. You rightly point out, though, that without JG sitting in, Harkins will probably have the freedom of SMP.
  2. Edit: @Standfree Pedantry had nothing to do with it: you were exaggerating for effect and therefore talking out of your arse. Or was it your elbow? You're right, it is confusing!
  3. Are your elbows half way down your forearms? Fucking deformed inbred c**t.
  4. Amuses me that Dundee claim they want to see Goodwin playing. We are far less likely to lose with him on the pitch. The thought of entering such a crucial game with no holding midfielder scares the shit out of me, TBH. Regardless, I've got a bad feeling about this one, but my head says 1-1. Harkins inside 20 minutes, Thommo to equalise in the last 15 after coming on as a late sub. I also hope Gowser gets a good reception. Harkins, on the other hand, could go f**k himself, if only he could be bothered.
  5. Play without a defensive midfielder = get cuffed. People were saying they wanted to see McLean and McGinn play together in the middle, but it's a terrible idea if they haven't got someone sitting in behind them. As soon as Declan Hughes wasn't available, I had a feeling we were in trouble (though it would've been a risk pitching him in, too, in fairness). This is why we need JG on the park and why he let us down on Saturday. Fuxake Saints.
  6. You assume/hope that the investment in training facilities will pay off when it comes to developing players, avoiding training injuries, etc. It seems to be playing its part in attracting players to the club, and in helping develop our reputation south of the border as well. That's two of the biggest English clubs now with nice things to say about SMP and Ralston, not to mention the approach our club takes with young players and the support/development opportunities we can offer. Ok, loan deals are what they are (ie not ideal), and we all want our best players on three-year contracts (like that one Josh Magennis has...) but it's not an ideal world and, for a club like ours, it's vital to be as attractive to loanees as possible. Which, hopefully, we are now.
  7. This transfer window has been really bizarre. You know all the other windows, where we'd have said 'we need a centre half, or a striker, or a winger, or some pace', and Gus and Lennon responded by bringing in central midfielders? Well, this time it's like the club has brought in exactly what we needed, in line with weaknesses in the squad, the demands of the league we play in, and the style of football we all want to see. It feels weird.
  8. Shame: from his description, Evans sounded perfect for our needs. Ah well, no point dwelling. That wiki link is abit of a dead end - is Drury also a 6' hard b*****d midfielder, by any chance?
  9. Yeah, he's certainly got previous. I don't think you'll find many (honest) Saints fans protesting that he doesn't deserve the majority of the cards he gets. It's just his game. Sadly, it's the occasional malicious stuff that fucks us over and has earned him the reputation he's got. In his defence, he can take it as well and never rolls around or looks to get others sent off and this gets overlooked because he's the big baddie. I still like him. I dunno, I just like basket case defensive midfielders when they're playing for your side. Obviously when they're not, you love to boo them. It's an entertainment business and he gives opposition fans someone to vent at for 90(ish) mins.
  10. +1 for the 'Imrie will score' camp. I rarely predict a Saints win, but I think we'll have too much for Hamilton. Saints 2 (McLean, Marwood) Accies 1 (Imrie)
  11. Posts from Standfree on this thread before Aberdeen got humped at home to Dundee United, continued: Posts from Standfree on this thread after Aberdeen got humped at home to Dundee United: He really is a needy little attention seeker. Except when his Famous team's been pumped.
  12. Posts from Standfree on this thread before Aberdeen got humped at home to Dundee United:
  13. I will defend Goodwin most the time. As I've said on here before, the overall number of yellow cards (almost one in two) he picks up is not an issue for me, because as a team we don't pick up very many. Every team gets a certain number, it's just that most of ours go to Jim. So, generally speaking, I don't buy this 'liability' bollocks, because he makes the tackles that need to be made, disrupts the play, commits niggly fouls if necessary. Fair enough - every team needs one. However, he's clearly let everyone down on Saturday. As we can all see, there was no need to do that to Sutton. If he got booked for leading with his arms while actually trying to win the fucking ball, even that would be vaguely acceptable in my eyes. It's part of the game, sometimes you get booked, sometimes you don't. Leading with the arms is bad (m'kay?) but at least you could describe it as a 'footballing incident'. But what he did on Saturday is not a footballing incident. It's shitty. Luckily, he barely made contact, which is why Sutton didn't even notice it. We defend Goodwin when Thomson dives and gets him sent off, or when Derek Adams whines like a little bitch yet again. This was basically indefensible. Ah well, as Lex said, we have a (hopefully) ready-made, if totally untried at this level, replacement in Declan Hughes, unless we can bring that lad in from Man City. Either way, we have cover for Jim that we didn't before. We have to hope Hughes (or whoever) rises to the challenge so that we can become less reliant on Goodwin this season.
  14. Does this mean that daft c**t Standfree will stay out the St Mirren threads this week?
  15. Ok, Legia fielded an ineligible player. But in a different sense, Celtic fielded 11 of them...
  16. Totally agree with that (and Lex). Goodwin has his flaws, but that's essentially a great midfield. Plenty of dig and craft. We have striking options, we have wide options, but they should all slot in around that middle three.
  17. JD Sports. Our strip is one of those stereograms from the 90s - you have to stare at it, crosseyed, for 15 minutes, and the sponsor's logo will magically appear.
  18. Must admit this interview with Graham Kavanagh had passed me by until just now: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/carlisle-united/latest/st-mirren-friendly-was-the-real-deal-says-carlisle-utd-boss-1.1152426?cache=cachehiguain%25252Frk%25253D0%25252Frs%25253Dotuo.36vy2tp%25253Fshowr# He clearly hasn't read the script - doesn't he realise that when Jim Goodwin has tackled one of your players, you don't take it well, you whine and bitch to the media, you remonstrate on the touchline, you record the incident and send it to the authorities... Kavanagh is better off south of the border: he has no future in Scottish Football.
  19. General consensus is that Goodwin is better as a defensive screen, in midfield, than as the last line, in defence. He's too prone to being exposed to trickery and pace to play at the back. But you're right, as a last-ditch, backs-to-the-wall type, he's brave and puts his face on the line. But I think we all feel more comfortable when he has two defenders behind him.
  20. I'd go with that line-up as, as you point out, it's a very tricky first fixture. The attacking 4-3-3 option, with Marwood and Wylde flanking Ball, might be a touch suicidal away to Motherwell.
  21. "Seems" being the operative word. You're guessing: he doesn't. I'm comfortable with everyone else thinking he's pish/hating him for being a danger to society and a threat to the survival of mankind generally. We have a very, very young squad - several youth team players will break through this year, in addition to the players we've brought through in the past couple of seasons. Jim Goodwin is exactly the sort of player we need in our squad. A leader, a niggly b*****d, a protector. Our main problem has been that he's been the only qualified DM in the team since Shuggie Murray left. Now we have Declan Hughes coming through to provide cover, so JG's occasional suspensions won't harm us as badly.
  22. There's only one possible way for our collective, growing pre-season optimism to manifest itself, and that is with an opening day defeat. 2-0 Motherwell, Sutton to score any time.
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