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  1. Looking at the starters and bench from Friday, I'd think maybe 10 of them will here next season? I'd be happier if that was about four.
  2. It stands to reason that the more you are in the opposition third, the more likely you are to benefit from a poor decision and vice versa at the defending end. We've had a number of bad decisions against us but then I suspect we've been nearer the opposition goal less and defending our own box more than virtually every other team in the league. As said, you feel this is simply a last throw of the dice from a desperate man. He has just meekly rolled over and had his belly tickled all season when these things have gone against us.
  3. There was a great point made on WAP about tomorrow and it's relevant to the narrative we talk about being built. Given the pitch invasions over the past week, it's perfectly plausible we'll see that tomorrow if we come through the tie. The problem with that, over and above the general fact they are ridiculous, is that it lends itself to Davidson's claims about this achievement matching the double. We are effectively celebrating finishing 11th. Those are the pictures that go out, the chairman sees happy fans and the media can carry Davidson's quotes and also double down on their claims that unhappy supporters are just internet weirdos. It'll be embarrassing enough seeing the double winners bouncing about in front of their play-off winners billboard, let alone hundreds of fans dancing about on the pitch like we've won something remotely impressive.
  4. I thought we were too cute in that early part of second half. Looked far more ruthless/purposeful when attacking in first half. But we had a number of times when we exposed them leading up to the hour mark but were trying to be clever with final ball, rather than just finding the man. The St Mirren semi-final was definitely positively impacted by the introduction of Middleton and I suppose it would be churlish to completely discount notion that Davidson was confident he could go on and make a difference, rather than just making a like-for-like change... I used to get frustrated at our lack of identity under Tommy Wright but we've gone so far the other way now. There has to be a middle ground between not really knowing how your team are trying to play (being fair to TW, he got results though) and this predictable dirge served up by Davidson. First hour on Friday was better as we brought and intensity and committed men forward but that's been the exception.
  5. Being #WestMainsAvenueLoyal has changed my life this season. Can't believe I wasted about 15 years parking in the car park. What a clown. As @tree house tam says, you are only 15 minutes (half a mile) on foot if you park at right end of industrial estate. In fact, I'm surprised folk don't just park on the new road/pavement between the new roundabout and the ground. Glovers Arms bit would be fine as well. You run the risk of getting one of those parking charges if you opt for Tesco or B&Q. The sort that those bores love going into great detail about how you don't need to pay them. Who are our penalty takers if it goes that far?
  6. Obviously he has by no means played the equivalent number of minutes but last night made it 2 goals in his last 62 appearances for Stevie May. That's just not sustainable for a forward at any level. He gives his all but we lost so much when he replaced Middleton last night and no amount of effort can make up for that.
  7. Was concerned about last night ahead of the game because of our away record but our home form should be cause for optimism. Since the break we are 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. First defeat was a narrow one to Rangers and the 2 draws came right at the start of the run. The St Mirren game is obviously a concern because it mirrors the sort of importance that Monday carries but it should serve as a warning. Since the start of December, Inverness have only won at Morton, Queens and at Partick in the play-offs. Obviously beat Arbroath on pens. Saints have beaten Aberdeen, Hearts, Livingston and Motherwell at home since the middle of February. As for the team, Butterfield and May played themselves out of contention last night. Not many other options available...
  8. The Dundee one is fair enough. Then when we had our foot on their throat, he eased them right off and it got to stage he was going mental about too much stoppage time being added. Looking at games in league/Europe this season: Equalisers by Saints: 4 Equalisers against Saints: 13 Given we've only scored in 23 games, those 13 equalisers represent a significant percentage of our games. There was a time where if Saints got ahead in a game, they'd never give anything away. Not under this manager though. Of the four we scored, one was an own goal, one was the massive Butterfield deflection against County at home (when we went on to lose anyway) and another was a header from a corner.
  9. Can anyone remind me of a match that Davidson has positively influenced with changes?
  10. Glad I no longer have to suffer Callum Davidson merely in the company of St Johnstone fans. He managed to offer the whole of Scottish football an insight into his managerial merits this evening. Thought we were very good in the first hour. Everything you want to see in a Saints team. Intensity and getting men forward. Last half hour is more what we've become accustomed to this season.
  11. You were maybe only looking at the bottom echelons but, incredibly, we finished eighth in 2010/11 scoring only 23 goals. From memory though that was more down to missing chances etc... but even the 9 home goals mentioned by @RandomGuy. from last season, it wasn't for not getting into the right areas. This team though, they struggle to even get men into the final third. We are torture to watch. Our form since January should be cause for slight optimism but the bigger picture of envisaging watching more of this style of football next season tempers that massively.
  12. Trying to shitfest a goalless draw tonight would be different if we had actually shown ourselves capable of keeping a clean sheet. Since Zander Clark's heroics at Tannadice, it's one away clean sheet in 14 games, at Easter Road, another game where we showed a stunning lack of ambition against a blunt Hibernian side, despite having 2,000 fans there yearning for something to get behind. Indeed, we've conceded more than once in half of those games and the goals scored column (5 from open play) show it wasn't because we were going gung-ho. This isn't about being negative. It's about trying to articulate that we should have been trying something different long before this stage, where you have to concede it would be a gamble, given we are welded into one style and system. If the cry is be positive, then I'm all ears...
  13. Accepting that the shape will be the shape and admitting that it probably would be counterproductive to change it now given they are never coached any other way... Clark Cleary - Gordon - McCart Rooney - Hallberg - Butterfield - Davidson - Booth (Brown) Hendry - Middleton
  14. Picked up on that quote as well. When the league resumed in January the bottom of the table was: 8. Livingston: 20 points (-10) 9. St Mirren: 19 points (-13) 10. Ross County: 18 points (-8) 11. Dundee: 16 points (-19) 12. St Johnstone: 14 points (-14) He was then allowed to sign eight or nine new players, spending well over £100,000. The damage was actually done when we failed to beat Dundee and/or United at home just after the break. They were, at the time, probably the two easiest fixtures we had remaining. Whilst there was never really again a group of teams we could catch, there were opportunities to reel those closest to us back in and we made a mess every time; the defeat in Dingwall, settling for a draw at Dens when we had all the momentum, then that St Mirren home game. Hopefully down to counting on one hand the number of Davidson interviews left to endure.
  15. Allan Preston has used Saints since the day Davidson took over to either get his clients fixed up or get them better deals elsewhere. Greg Stewart, Greg Kiltie, Graham Carey, Robbie Deas, Zak Rudden, Mark O'Hara, Craig Conway, Drey Wright and of course Davidson himself, all Preston clients.
  16. "We're confident that we’ll go up there and play as the manager wants us to." I largely don't have a problem with many of the players that have made up the bulk of our side this season. They've tried their best in the main. I won't be upset if most of them leave but I wouldn't question the effort they've largely given. There are maybe exceptions but if we are relegated, the second part of the quote above from Hallberg is the reason why.
  17. Whilst this is true, we weren't the ones working with him. Absolutely shambolic handling of goalscorer.
  18. Can't deal with the idea that Davidson might be signing players for us this summer. Need to believe he'll be gone by this time next week and we'll have some hope restored, whatever league we are in.
  19. Middleton needed that on Sunday. Last time we went to Easter Road, he played 59 minutes and touched the ball five times and three of those with his head. You could get frustrated at how deep he was dropping at times at the weekend but that has to be preferable to a nothing performance. He plays up a bit with the huffiness and I won't be that sorry to see the back of him (although the fact he's never been played in his strongest position this season would understandably drive anyone mad) but I wouldn't be worried about him starting these games now at least. That last part applies to Stevie May as well but you just don't see where a goal is coming from him and in a team where there aren't many goals, that obviously isn't ideal.
  20. If the choice just is Butterfield or MacPherson, the fact you'd opt for the crab that will be getting a free transfer next week says it all about our £50,000 buy that's meant to be here for another two years. Agree that the Aberdeen performance should be the clincher but under no illusions that Butterfield isn't ideal. His efforts to close down McGinn ahead of the cross for the second goal in Sunday were pathetic. Next one, May or Middleton?
  21. Anyone give me a reason not to select Liam Craig over Butterfield or, especially, MacPherson?
  22. There has been talk about how the first half yesterday was better, verging on decent-to-good in some quarters. I don't actually disagree that by our standards it wasn't a complete disaster but what did we have to show for it? 5 shots from outside the box and ONE (unsuccessful) touch inside the box from 45 minutes. That's where we are under Davidson that this is considered acceptable.
  23. We'll certainly need to scrape that draw. And whilst I'm not sure if Davidson does actually set out aiming for a goalless bore, the way he lines his team up certainly increases the chances of the St Johnstone nil part. I fear for us if we are behind. We've managed THREE equalisers all season: one a set piece against the bottom team in the league, one a massive deflection from a hopeful shot from about 30 yards that wrong-footed the keeper and one against a Motherwell side who, I think, managed their ONLY first half goal away from home against us, so were probably in shock. The idea that Saints might need to chase this tie should be terrifying.
  24. Hopefully we can somehow scrape through but what was a proud away record is now long gone. Ironically, our home form has picked up but we need to get through this away leg first. We absolutely scabbed a couple of 1-0s at Pittodrie and Tannadice back in the autumn (the latter could easily have been a heavy defeat but for Zander Clark) but since then our record is 1 win, 4 draws, 9 defeats in 14 games. We've failed to score in 8 of the games with a total of just 7 goals. We've scored more than once in just a single game when Ali Crawford scored a last gasp winner at Livingston in about the only genuinely good performance we've produced in about half-a-year. We've conceded 28 goals, keeping one clean sheet in a goalless draw. In short, we concede 2 goals a game and only score every second game ourselves. I see Inverness are 1 defeat in 12 games and their current home form is 5 wins, 1 draw, 12 goals scored, 1 conceded. And folk are genuinely telling me St Johnstone are in any way favourites for this game on Friday? If this was a Scottish Cup tie, the whole world would have "upset" written all over it.
  25. On the positive yesterday, I liked John Mahon again. A bit too eager to take control in the lead-up to the opener but read the game well and just looks solid. Doesn't get drawn into the wrestling matches that, for some reason, Liam Gordon is now so keen on. The problem going forward is I'm not sure either of the above will be comfortable/capable carrying the ball out from defence. A back three where two of them can't step out and potentially James Brown at wing back... Oh, back to the negatives, even when you try and be positive...
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