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  1. I noticed on Saturday that we changed from a 4-3-3 to a 4-2-4 when Biabi came on, with Biabi playing on the left wing and Hopkirk playing on the right. It might be a bit reckless to start a game in such an attacking formation but it might be worth considering given how well it worked against Stirling.
  2. This should be an engaging encounter against two teams who'll fancy their chances of a top-four finish this term. In their two league matches so far, Cowden have lost the game they were expected to win and won the game they were expected to lose, so I really don't know what we'll get from them on Saturday. Stenny, meanwhile, turned in a very good second-half performance against Stirling Albion last weekend and if they can build on that, I think we've got a decent chance of winning the contest. I wouldn't make too many changes from the game against the Binos. Botti Biabi has to start - you could see how big a difference he made to the team after his introduction last weekend - and I'd like to see Mark McGuigan come in for Tommy Muir. It might be worth evaluating Paul Brown's place in the starting XI as the whole thing seemed to pass him by. Is Graeme Smith fit enough to start? - Botti Biabi - Mark McGuigan - Greig Spence - - Jack Hodge - Callum Tapping - Ryan Blair - - Callum Yeats - Creag Little - Andy Munro - Jonathan Tiffoney - - Graeme Smith - Don't see why we can't win this, but I reckon Cowden will be eyeing us up and thinking the same thing.
  3. I would kill to record another pop-culture podcast. I'd even watch Crash for a second time if that's what it took.
  4. Has Grant Gallagher's tackle been edited out of the highlights package?
  5. It's really hard to see what Brechin City have been trying to achieve over the last few years. Dunning1874 above has posted a handy timeline from 2017 onwards and it makes for confusing reading - why was Dods not punted midway through the Championship campaign? Why was he allowed to start the new 2018/19 season when almost every supporter had lost faith in him? Why was he eventually sacked when he looked as though he was turning things around? Why was Barry Smith kept on after the relegation to League 2? Why was he binned after just five games? Why has the same thing happened to Mark Wilson when he's spent the last five months putting his team together? The thinking is so fuzzy!
  6. I would agree with this - a lot of the commentary I've listened to over the last couple of weeks has generally been enthusiastic but, at times, it's verged on insufferable. I appreciate it's a difficult skill to master and it should improve across the board as the season progresses, but there's nothing worse than paying £10 to an opposition club's stream and listen to someone insinuate your team is a bunch of cunts for 90 minutes.
  7. Grant Gallagher's tackle was a goddamn stinker. How on earth could the commentator say it was an "honest attempt to play the ball"? Jack Purdue was striding way ahead of him before Gallagher dived in. I'm sure Gallagher didn't mean to injure Purdue but given the manner in which it happened and where it was on the pitch, there was definitely something in it - it was cynical and nasty and the red card was deserved. I wish Purdue a speedy recovery, and I hope Gallagher has a long, hard look at himself.
  8. Can't quite put my finger on it but Buzz Smith no longer seems as impenetrable as he once was.
  9. Although I'm very disappointed with the concession of a late equaliser, I thought a draw was probably the fair result overall here. Stirling Albion were the better team in the first half, while we dominated the second. We started poorly and only showed any impetus after the interval, but that point on there was only one team really in it; it was desperately frustrating to see the Binos get a point at the death through one of their rare forays upfield. Stirling looked good in the first half and won most of the second balls and aerial duels, with Div Wilson central to a lot of their positive play. They looked sharp on the ball, even if Graeme Smith (and then Callum Erskine) were rarely called into action. The opening goal was a sloppy one to concede - Smith shanked a backpass straight to a Stirling player and Creag Little pulled him back, giving away a free-kick, which WIlson scored, curling the ball low into the net from 25 yards. Careless stuff all round. Our play involved whacking balls upfield for Tommy Muir to battle for, which didn't work at all. Stenny were miles better after the restart. Callum Tapping and Ryan Blair got on the ball more (the latter made some gorgeous long-range passes with his left foot), Callum Yeats became increasingly influential at left-back and Botti Biabi, who replaced the anonymous Paul Brown, was able to keep possession further up the park and all the team to push forward. His goal was well-taken, thrashing the ball high into the net from close range after good work from Andy Munro, and Greig Spence added the second late on from the penalty spot. It was disappointing to see Jack Leitch rescue a point at the death; maybe Erskine could have done a bit better. If we can perform to the same levels as we did in the second half over the course of the season, we've got a decent chance of getting into the top four. There aren't many midfielders in the division with the quality of Tapping and Blair and it is crucial we get them on the ball whenever possible. Biabi should start, probably at the expense of David Hopkirk, and I wonder if Mark McGuigan might be a better option up top ahead of Muir. Yeats is going to be a smashing wee player and we're lucky to have him for the time being.
  10. This should be a very decent match. Neilly's right in saying it should be a real yardstick in terms of where we are for the season ahead - Albion Rovers didn't impress me but I'd expect the Binos to have the same aspirations as ourselves and challenge for the top four. They've signed well and I've liked what I've seen from them so far. They probably should have beaten Queen's Park last week, all things considered. I wonder how we'll line up tomorrow. Given the result and general performance last week, there's probably no real reason to change things about but I'd like to see Botti Biabi start ahead of Greig Spence and, if he's available, bring Ryan Blair in ahead of Jack Hodge in the middle of the park. I haven't really been convinced by Spence since he joined the club in January and don't think he offers much beyond hard graft. His goal last week was well taken but he missed a one-on-one minutes beforehand, and Biabi is better at stretching defences and forcing the opposition on the back foot. Blair, meanwhile, has a lovely range of passing and I think we could use his craft to take us forward. Let's go with: - Botti Biabi - Tommy Muir - David Hopkirk - - Ryan Blair - Callum Tapping - Paul Brown - - Callum Yeats - Creag Little - Andy Munro - Jonathan Tiffoney - - Graeme Smith - This will be a tough encounter and one I'd be content to emerge from with a point.
  11. Aye, I remember watching that and couldn't believe it became a platform for Hughes to sell himself; needless to say, it didn't work! Hughes was on a podcast earlier in the year where the host kicked off by asking about his time at Raith Rovers, but framed the question with something like: "I think you're a brilliant manager and I can't believe you're out of work - do you think what happened at Stark's Park has played a part in that? People forget you took charge of the club very late on!" The host then allowed Hughes, unchallenged, to lay the blame with the players and the board, saying he hadn't done his "due diligence" and that he joined too late into the season to do anything about their poor form. Just hopeless stuff. If anyone wants to hear more stuff about Hughes' time in Kirkcaldy, I recorded a podcast with Bobby Barr in 2018 about it, might be worth your time!
  12. Fair play to both of you - best of luck for the remainder of the season and I look forward to tuning into you at the start of May next year when the teams meet again.
  13. John Hughes' reputation was greatly tarnished after the Raith Rovers debacle and it's telling he hasn't worked in management since, no matter how many times he's given the platform to grandstand to anyone who'll listen.
  14. I am probably being harsh there but the longer the game went on, the more grating they became, especially when they began to crab about the referee's performance - there was a moment when Jonathan Tiffoney went down with a knock and one of the boys yelped: "DO NOT GIVE THE BALL BACK!" as the Rovers bounded on the attack. There were also occasions where they were encouraging the referee to book (and in some cases, send off) Stenny players. Less aggravating was their lack of knowledge about some of our players - they referred to Jack Hodge as "Bryan Hodge", they couldn't pronounce Botti Biabi and they thought Andy Munro has been with us "for years" (he's been at Ochilview for less than two). I understand fan-led commentary will be partizan and biased at points but it turned irksome by the end this afternoon. I'd contrast it with Stirling Albion's in-house commentary team - the lead, Ben McAdam, is 18 or 19 years old, and he came across a lot more professional when he was calling their League Cup tie with Arbroath. He was far more measured and didn't allow what was happening on the park to cloud his delivery. What I would say about the two commentators today was I learned something about the Albion Rovers team, the players' strengths and weaknesses, previous performances and how partnerships were forming in defence and attack. And, to be fair, they were reasonable in their praise for the opposition. They'll probably get better as the season goes on but they need to calm down a bit!
  15. Well then! I'm very pleased with that. All in all, that was a pretty straightforward three points for the Warriors. Greig Spence scored midway through the first half, showing good movement to tuck David Hopkirk's centre away, Creag Little fired home a header after the interval and Botti Biabi wrapped up the game at the death with a good finish. It would have been nice to have kept a clean sheet but Matty Aitken showed perseverance to tee up Kyle Doherty with minutes remaining. There were a couple of nervy moments, mostly instigated by Aitken, but I thought we were the better team throughout. Little and Andy Munro looked composed at the back, Callum Yeats continues to impress at left-back, Callum Tapping was probably our best player, and the frontline all worked hard. I don't think anyone could quibble about the final result. Sterner tests await - Stirling Albion should present a far more tricky assignment - but that's a great way to kick off the season. A special shout to the two bozos doing the commentary for Albion Rovers TV channel: rubbish.
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