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  1. My thoughts on this are very simple. We are a poor side with better players than they are showing. I dont believe we are particularly well coached. We can moan all we want about the fixture pile up however it is same for most teams. Our real lack of forward play and attacking threat is embarrassing and Bollan and his coaches have to take the stick for that as they set the team up and work on how to score goals. Players were signed to improve us in forward areas and as such this has not happened. We lack spark/energy and creation. Defensively we have done ok. The next 2 games are huge and a even a point on saturday will stop the bleeding so to speak. We need luck rather than creating our own luck due to how we are playing Im doing commentary for BBTV and I think it was obvious on Sat i wasnt happy with the performance and its hard to remain balanced and not show emotion through the microphone it hurts right now though seeing a downward spiral however lets not forget the ball is in our court. I would emphasise to the players play with freedom play with passion and express themselves. We have good players!. Press the game and if we get caught so be it. However by pressing the game and taking the game to opposition we are taking matters into our own hands. Mistakes will happen however I feel the team are afraid to go express themselves in fear of mistakes the only one I see with no fear is Harvey. He makes mistakes but he also can create (that goal recently as shown) other players need to step up and Gary needs to let some players off the leash a little. Looking games ahead is no good just now. Focus the efforts on saturday and lets take care of it ourselves and not worry about Brechin etc etc. There is little positivity in the team hence why the management need to step up.
  2. Massive game and one which we should be looking to take a positive result. I feel there is a real lack of belief in our play and a lack of belief in some players that they can go and influence the game. Renton and Zander miller to start for me up top. Gav morrisson been our best midfielder by miles the last few games and he is the only player I see growing in confidence and fitness. Dont think Craig Barr will be back for this one which is a huge blow. 1-1 draw - scorer OG .
  3. Echo the sentiments that the schedule for the players is ridiculous and I fear for their health in terms of fatigue/picking up injuries. These guys do have to work as well which is the main area of their livelihoods. So they will embrace all the games im sure but by the 4th game in a week they will struggle however other teams are in same boat. Hopefully players have maintained an ok fitness regime at home. I would urge all cowden fans to try their best to sign up to BBTV for our home games to get a small amount of revenue into the club. Get behind the players the best they can during what will be a tough couple of months for them. We have a tight squad numbers wise and hopefully we can add a further loan or 2 before end March (shutting of loan window) mone the cowden
  4. Heres what I dont understand. The rules are dont travel in cars together or some crap like this and sit 2 metres apart on a bus etc. Yet those same players will be tugging and trying to ride each other at corners breathing heavily down someones face... Its mental. The Albion postponement will fall down to whether they breached protocols I imagine it would be more difficult to prove at our level that they did?
  5. This squad is playing with niggles and injuries its actually evident the way they tire so much during some games im not gonna out players or pass poor judgement on them. Kavanagh should start every week regardless of whom plays alongside him. Russell in what I have seen is so far off the pace its hard to watch that is not his fault to be fair. Old age and no playing time since March perhaps even longer? will no doubt have done his sharpness even at his age no good. If he plays 3-4 consecutive games he may get sharper however he would have to play against an unbelievably poor defence to show up well. Renton is not fit and from what I hear shouldnt even be on the bench due to an injury but fair play to him to try make himself available. Toddy clearly wasnt match fit and has now damaged himself further. I personally would do the following against Queens Park and will likely mention it during BBTV this weekend. Last season at one point we played fraser mullen left back/wing back but mainly as a defensive outlet rather than attacking. We had 3 centre backs and robbie buchanan right wing back. I would play this system for a week or two and see how we go. It would look like so. GK. Robbie rwb - barr/todd/glass. If todd unfit then would have to play pyper if he is back from injury. Pyper is actually a player who we could really be doing with because of his pace. Mullen left back/lwb (defensive). Then we would go into midfield with Miller/Herd then front 3 of Kavanagh through middle. Taylor just off him to right or left playing deeper and Harvey Swann the same. They 2 players are key to the system e.g Swann/Taylor they would have less defensive duties in their own half and more pressing in the opposition half. It gives you options to change the shape during the game if it is not working and have attacking players from the bench e.g renton/russell/hamilton. Lets see what Gary does with what is a depleted side but showed a lot of frailties against a team with attacking pace and threat which we will be sure to face on Saturday. MONE THE COWDEN
  6. My thoughts on this are as follows. Did the player have the right to go for the ball absolutely. Was it a 50/50 as some folk have suggest absolutely. Was the tackle dangerous and with excessive force absolutely (should have resulted in a red card) Was it unfortunate - 100% but if the player hadnt went in with such excessive speed the likelihood of the break and injury wouldnt have happened. As for the benches reactions both are expected. One team (cowden) of course were incensed and shocked by the sight and tackle thus emotions are high. Gavin price walking out of his area approaching others is not acceptable and im not sure of the rules but I dont think this is allowed. Ross Clarke is a very nice lad and has settled well at cowden and was looking like one of our better signings. He is now out for the season and its another disaster for cowden. The Elgin player will be distraught in so much that he of course didnt mean to break someones leg. But spare me if you dont think he deserved a red card for the offence. As for the referee wow just wow. It wasnt the referees fault that the lad broke his leg. However his job is to apply the laws of the game and on this occasion he did not. Thus further it made the cowden management team and players lose it further by not even giving a foul. I guarantee that if you gave the clip to 10 referees 10 would say it was a red card.(as long as those referees were not gavin ross and elgin fans themselves) Best wishes to Ross on his recovery.
  7. Makes it even tougher now then. Think we just have to plod on and hope no more injuries/illness. Not sure how long until players return as nothing on website to say how long certain players are out for. With Renton though he wont be match fit as wont have played since March etc etc. Big game Saturday and one in which we should win.
  8. Squad is wafer thin now. Brad Smith away back to Broughty. Hay was injured anyhow. Todd looks like he is out for a few weeks. Renton out/cox out or away/robbie suspended?/Morrison out/Sneddon out. We really have issues so not sure what we can do in terms of bringing players in. I dont think SPFL league clubs will want to allow any players out on loan currently due to covid situation e.g their squad could be decimated at any point. Have to look at free agents but then they wont be anywhere near match fit e.g like russell who looked way off the pace saturday. Good news is Pyper is back and had a good game when he came on saturday. Young Jacob Glass deserves to keep his place also. Midfield we are very short in numbers only Kyle Miller/Herd and Barr really Hopefully Gary can bring in a player on loan from an U21 or u19 SPL team similar to Ross Sinclair situation.
  9. The stream will be fine this weekend. Get it bought and enjoy the game.
  10. They are both injured and I think Renton out for a wee while although not sure how long. As for injuries we aint aberdeen with a squad of 22 plus talented youngsters. We are part time with an even lower budget than normal. We actually have players playing with knocks already. Wee bit of slack for some of the lads playing they didnt even get a full pre season and this is where injuries can happen. We cant even fill our bench currently and have a 42 year old coach on bench every week. Russell should be in this weekend or next at least. Would be good if we could sign a couple more players on loan to help the squad. Cowdens issues not doubt stem from not creating enough chances going forward real lack of outlet and threat. Olly Hamilton for me cant play as a lone striker he needs someone up beside him for him to flourish.
  11. The game will be streamed yes. Not sure on price etc but assume will come out in the next few days. Cowden really down to bare bones just now squad wise so hopefully get some players back fit soon.
  12. surely better than playing on a field somewhere random also a lot will have to do with covid environment. Save costs on an all weather pitch somewhere which is normally ridiculously overpriced.
  13. weather to be shocking tomorrow. Pishing rain with horrendous gale force winds... no good.
  14. Fantastic performance from the players. Result of the weekend. Playing down to bare bones then 10 men with 60 mins left against a team who will be top 4.. Pity fans werent in to show their appreciation of their effort.
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