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  1. I thought he was due back around the same time as Carson in January(ish)? That’s what confused me anyway- shite if he’s out longer. Do think we miss someone like him with a bit of aggression and snideness in the middle of the park, as Robinson alluded to yesterday. Not to mention, he had a pretty decent range of passing as well. Between him, Carroll and Carson all being out for extended spells, we really have had some shite luck with injuries this year.
  2. Have you both just forgotten about Donnelly? I mean I wasn’t always his biggest fan but I’d have him sitting in front of the back four ahead of O’Hara and Maguire everyday of the week.
  3. Not sure what Tony done to rile the Saintees today, compared to last week this match seemed to lack the same level of needle and there was hardly a challenge of note from either side. On the football side of things, St Johnstone were deserved winners for me. They carved out two good chances first half down our right, we didn't heed that particular warning and O'Halloran eventually punished us 2nd half. Both teams were missing important players but Saints looked a more well drilled, cohesive unit throughout We were pedestrian for the most part and created little of note outside of a couple of set pieces - except one decent chance for Watt in the 1st half. However it's frustrating that just like last week, we gifted them a route back into the match with some utterly shambolic defending for the equalising goal. Some amount of utter dross in our squad by the way, think there's about half a dozen players involved today that could leave tomorrow and we'd be no worse off.
  4. I’d say you nailed it there. St Johnstone certainly had more of the ball, yet did very little with it. Chapman looked fairly suspect when called into action against Celtic but I genuinely don’t remember him having a save of note to make yesterday. We weren’t any better mind and the only time we managed to string a couple of passes together we scored. The penalty(how many have we given away now?) was so avoidable and frustratingly it handed a team struggling for goals a route back into the match. As for the bookings, I think the ref called most of them right with the exception of Bryson- who should have gone. McCann and McNamara’s were cynical as f**k, however I’d applaud a Motherwell player doing similar so it’d be hypocritical to complain. Overall an utterly forgettable game where I’d say a draw was about right, everyone should just take their point and move on.
  5. Stunned that O’Hara’s complete lack of awareness on the edge of his own box has cost us a goal. Tidy finish to be fair to him after what was a a decent move. Penalty itself was daft from Mugabi though who again, looks far from convincing when he’s not protected by playing in the middle of a back 3. That challenge by Bryson on Chapman was an absolute shocker, stick on red card.
  6. This was something I noticed as well. We’ve not actually dropped a point or even conceded a goal to a non OF team in the League since the Hamilton game back in August(albeit we’ve missed several games due to Covid). Even going back across our last 6 league games against non OF opposition, we’ve only conceded 1 goal in 540 mins of football. We’ve also picked up 13 points and scored 10 goals in those 6 games as well- which included trips to Easter Road and Pittodrie. As much as these OF drubbings are becoming slightly tiresome, it’s not something I’m going to lose much sleep over. They actually seem to have clouded over the fact that after a poor start, we’ve otherwise been motoring along quite nicely and seem to be heading in the right direction.
  7. EDIT- Completely forgot as per @capt_oats that we beat them under McGhee at Parkhead. Still, any excuse to watch Higdon’s pen/celebration.
  8. Link Meniscus tear for Carson, out til January at least.
  9. I’d stick with the 433 for now as well. I think one of the biggest problems with it at the start of the season was, we didn’t have anyone to be the focal point in that striking role to make it work. I mean, contrast Watt’s display yesterday with that of White or Long earlier in the season. Watt’s got a bit of everything really. He’s clever, works hard, robust, lovely touch, good link up play, can dribble etc. His performance yesterday and at Pittodrie(albeit in two that day) were textbook displays in leading the line. Also credit to Cole. I wasn’t his biggest fan first time round but he definitely offers us something different up there- that we haven’t really had since he and Scott left in January. Impressive shift considering it was his first game in six months. Plus, it helps having an on song Polworth to pull the strings. His touch/turn and ping out to McGinley yesterday for the first goal was absolutely delightful. Was also good to see someone look comfortable bombing down the left and putting a ball into the box for what felt like the first time since March- and what a ball it was by the way.
  10. A move back towards a front 3 then? I was never Cole’s biggest fan but he does offer us a physical presence, as well as still having the mobility that could make the front 3 more viable again. It’s never really looked right since he and particularly Scott departed in January. Otherwise unless we’re gonna start chucking bodies out before Monday night, then we’ll be left with a lot of ‘forwards’ vying for only 2 positions.
  11. I liked him. Pacey and skilful, he ripped teams to shreds during the league cup group stage last season. Then the real stuff started and he looked a bit out his depth tbh. However once he got use to the physical side of the game, he came back into the team and showed some good form towards the end of the year. Seemed to be a spell round about November/December where he was setting up goals every week. Like the rest of the team though, his form tailed off badly in 2020 and culminated in the decisive penalty miss against St Mirren as they put us out the cup. By that stage, he looked bereft of confidence again. He’s hardly been seen this season, so I can’t say I’m overly surprised at his departure. He was clearly no longer in Robinson’s plans and it frees up a decent wage for us. Good luck to him.
  12. Would that not be due to the change in style of play? Looking at that, you can’t help but notice that ‘big physical Motherwell’ had a far superior record against the OF at Fir Park than our current set up. We only lost 1 out of 6 games and even that was by a single goal(a penalty if memory serves me correct). Whereas the 5 games since the Jan 2019 change in playing style, we’ve lost them all by an aggregate score of 19-3...
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