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  1. Queens v Dunfermline

    Given our perilous situation 6/7 important goals would have made a significant difference don't you think ?
  2. Queens v Dunfermline

    Manager assembles the squad. He got rid of an experienced, natural goalscorer which left us - Dobbie apart - with no real goal treat which we have witnessed game after game this season. Lyle should have been retained or at the very least an adequate replacement lined up. Naysmith has failed to do that so therefore has culpability for our current failings.
  3. Alloa v Queens

    He has taken us to the depths and brink of relegation. Has made mistake after mistake and made us worse since he came in so YES he should have been binned long ago. He talks a good game but cannot carry that on to the pitch. No doubt he will say AGAIN that we dominated but just could not score but that we will get a break soon. Just heard 1 win in 11 and that we have only won 8 games all season. Appalling record that does not merit still being in the job. AJ should have been brought in after we lost at home to Inverness. Maybe more people will now see through this guy and realise it is not about what you say but what you do.
  4. Queens v Morton

    Totally agree. Have said repeatedly we lack a striker with those qualities - neither Dobbie nor Dykes can provide that, The blame for that lies squarely with Naysmith as he assembled the squad. To go the whole season with effectively one striker - even though that is Dobbie - is crazy and totally irresponsible. We had a 'perfect fit' for that role in Lyle who complemented Dobbie perfectly but he became yet another quality, experienced player that Naysmith was happy to get rid of. Who do you think would influence a game more, McGrath or Lyle ? Whilst on the subject of forward players thank you Livi for taking Dykes off our hands. Not at all sure what you see in him. He was his usual self yesterday, knocked off the ball - legally - by a defender in the first few minutes and looked lazy all game. Once he loses possession he just totally gives up and ambles about as if on the beach, He likes to think he is a tough player, well he is in for one big shock at Livi as they are the real deal when it comes to that. It will take a lot of hard work for him to be moulded into their image. Not surprisingly I don't think he will make it as he is nowhere near as good as the ' Class of '15 who had mixed fortunes when they made the step-up. On a positive, I thought Doyle and Wilson were very good yesterday. Wilson is real quality, always wants the ball and distributes it very well too, can go past players and has a shot on him as well. Maguire, Mercer and Marshall were not far behind. For next season I would want to keep Mercer, Doyle, Marshall and Stirling along with Dobbie. The most significant change is to get rid of Naysmith. He has now taken us to the depths of the Division and in his time here has mostly subjected us to negative, unproductive and unattractive football. There have been notable exceptions but all too few. He has made it clear that despite these positive blips his default approach is for the negative. Having such an exceptional player as Dobbie at your disposal for 3 seasons and not capitalising on that is failure in itself.
  5. The Queen of the South Thread

    If everyone is fit that is the team I would go with too BUT meaning Stirling will be forced out, Brownlie will probably be selected as well and we will continue with the awful approach that is the norm for Naysmith. One of many reasons he should have been ditched before now - this enforced break has worked in his favour as surely an adverse result at Ayr would have been the end. He must be gone at the end of the season at the very latest.
  6. Queens v Alloa

    To put it more succinctly then and Rjc has helped me out here. The way Naysmith sets up is very one dimensional. We are just very lucky that that one dimension is Dobbie. However it is unrealistic to expect him to win us every game and to always be able to demonstrate the amazing levels of form of this season. We need a centre-forward to give us more options but Naysmith has failed to address that all season - Dykes is not the player to fill that role. You mention his running ability - which I don't see - which takes us back to the likes of Jamie Mole, Graham Weir and Andrew Barrowman. Bags of energy but very little goal threat. The only pace we had in the glorious Cup Run team came from Burns and Bob yet we seemed to do all right with the rest, not least 'Big Sean' whom Dobbie has always credited for his contribution to his ( Dobbies') success. We need a player in that mould. We also had a solid central defence - again with no pace - who knew how to defend. Again, Naysmith has failed to address the frailties in that area either through coaching/personnel or both. It is so easy for teams to work out how to put us under pressure and gain the advantage - just as Alloa did on Saturday.
  7. Queens v Alloa

    I only saw the last 20 mins yesterday but that was enough to identify some glaring issues. Good luck to Dykes next season, boy will he need it. Like many other games he was far too easily beaten and knocked off the ball by Alloa defenders - he doesn't battle, just gives up. Livi won't put up with that. I have said many times he is not sharp enough mentally, in football terms, to make the right decisions. Dobbie had a shot spilled and there was not anyone following up to get the rebound. Indeed Dykes had already started to retreat rather than back up his team-mate. He was on the right, near the bye-line and well closed down by a defender. There was nothing on so the obvious thing to do would have been to get a corner off the defender, instead he tried the impossible cross which went straight behind the goals. These are not isolated incidents, there are instances in every game. For the Manager to have him as main back up to Dobbie is a nonsense and has adversely affected our performance this season. He does not have the natural instinct of a striker. Interestingly, I believe the Manager has, in his interview, come to the remarkable conclusion that we need someone else to be able to score other than Dobbie. Well Gary, many of us have identified that deficiency in our squad from the beginning of the season but you have chosen to do nothing about it through 2 windows. It is so frustrating to see Mercer, Marshall et al. get into great crossing positions only for there to be no-one in the box to get on the end of it because we don't have a natural striker other than Dobbie - who scores most of his goals from the outer edges of the box. We have needed a Derek Lyle, Sean O'Connor , Peter Weatherson type striker to partner Dobbie but Naysmith doesn't seem to have wanted that - so he can't start moaning now. Maybe because of these striking option deficiencies is why Dobbie chooses not to pass to others who may be in a better position than he is and I kind of get that. It seemed in that short space of time I saw yesterday that he was trying to score from impossible angles when he was completely surrounded and I am sure he would be the first to admit that some of the shots he did get off yesterday were absolutely awful by his standards. I think he would love to have an instinctive, like minded striker to link up with and that Del would be top of his list. Whether Del or whoever, the fact is we had no recognised striker to either start or bring off the bench yesterday to change and influence the game in our favour because Naysmith got rid of them - Smith, Fergusson, Lyle - and never got a replacement. That is extremely poor management and a dereliction of duty. There is no doubt that we are missing Todd and that our recent slump has co-incided with his absence. Outwith Dobbie he is my Player of the Season so far but he is not an out and out striker though he is capable of scoring a decent goal here and there. A case in point, Alloa's winning goal - we could not have scored that because we have no-one that would have been in that position to get on the end of that cross. That's the striking deficiency but where do you start with the defending. Again, Naysmith has had over 2 years - since he ditched all the existing defenders - to mould a solid defensive unit but he has never achieved it. Years of coaching, several windows and we are still so vulnerable from cross-balls. Refer Alloa's goals yesterday and many others before. Despite all our pressure their defence stood solid and did not concede a winner. I don't suppose they have a much higher standard of player than we do or pay more than we do so where does the problem lie ? Yesterday was not a one-off, we have seen it so many times yet we are capable of so much better. Luckily, this League is so tight we are not completely out of top 4 fight yet but we need to get back to winning ways immediately.
  8. The Queen of the South Thread

    Great choice. Excellent winger and absolute cannonball of a shot on him. The ' Peter Lorimer' of the Scottish League according to the Press of the time.
  9. The Queen of the South Thread

    Notice you missed out the key word 'effective'. Nowhere near as strong in the air or as good at holding the ball up and holding off defenders nor crucially, the ability to find the back of the net. At present, nowhere near the contributor to the team that Big Sean was.
  10. The Queen of the South Thread

    Don't believe that. I have never heard Lyle be anything other than positive about the Club and his many team-mates over the years, Of course he wouldn't be the first 'senior' player to be frustrated and dumped by the current Manager. At least Dobbie recognises Lyle's talent and contribution to the Club. By the way, you've done it again - what on earth do you mean by " get that chip off your shoulder" ?
  11. The Queen of the South Thread

    Please explain, as I don't understand. Who is incorrect, about what and why again ? Why did he have no future, you make it sound very dramatic as if there was some sort of disciplinary issue ?
  12. The Queen of the South Thread

    I just don't get this attitude that Lyle has reached a certain stage and is now completely useless and ineffectual. Of course, nature dictates that anyone will slow down with age but that is not the only factor to be considered. Dobbie is now fitter than he ever was with us first time around but he does not - and never has had - great pace. He and Lyle compensate for that with their experience and natural instinct to get themselves into scoring positions. They are sharp mentally and don.t rely purely on the physical. Lyle is a far superior player than Dykes because of that and I would argue that Del wins more headers, holds the ball up far better , would provide more assists for Dobbie - they are on the same wavelength - and score far more goals. He would therefore be an asset to this and any other team, To not offer him a contract for one more season and leave ourselves glaringly short of striking options - which most seem to agree on - is very poor Management.
  13. The Queen of the South Thread

    It seems it would have made complete sense to offer Lyle a contract on reduced terms if necessary. He would appear to have all the attributes that we are looking for at the present time.
  14. Queens v Ayr

    Thankfully I missed the Dunfermline game which seems to have been awful but must say the last 2 Home games I have been to - Partick and Ayr - have been a very poor standard compared to previous years. I mean this in general not just in terms of QOS. The quality of player and standard of play is becoming more difficult to watch. In terms of our performance yesterday, I would have taken a point before the game as Ayr are well capable of giving anyone ' a doing ' but so far haven't managed it against us. I have liked Todd since he joined and he seems to be growing in confidence and was way above anyone else for us yesterday. Martin still looks suspect fitness wise but made a couple of good saves. I think Mercer is improving too. Felt a bit sorry for him as he kept getting ball played to him when an opposition player was closing him down, putting him under immediate pressure resulting in a hurried clearance and/or loss of possession which was not of his making. We did this repeatedly yesterday with various players involved - we did not seem to cope well with Ayr's pressing. Fordyce is not the solid player he was when he first arrived and gets caught out frequently, Semple solid as usual. When we have enough mid-fielders available Doyle and Semple - if still here - should be our pairing in defence but I doubt Naysmith will do this as he couldn't wait to get Fordyce back in after he returned from injury. I know he was out of position but I thought Doyle, uncharacteristically, was sluggish and way off the pace yesterday. I know he took a knock in 2nd half but perhaps he was carrying a knock going into the game. If some Club, any Club wants to pay money for Dykes let's take it right away. I thought he was more lively against Partick but he was back to normal yesterday, For someone so tall and who thinks he is a bit of a tough guy he is far too easily bullied by defenders and knocked off the ball. He hardly won anything in the air and did not hold the ball up well at all. I suspect this is more mental than physical as he is fit, but he doesn't seem to anticipate things or see things early as the likes of Dobbie and Lyle are capable of - he doesn't have a natural strikers instinct. Perhaps it's this that makes him appear lazy and second best. A draw at home to Ayr is not disastrous, nor will it be to Ross County but we have drawn far too many games, especially at home, which if it continues will prevent a top four finish. I don't think we are good enough for that anyway although this Division is so tight and riddled with inconsistency this season that anyone putting a half decent run together could make it. As usual we will probably be in the mix for 4th along with Inverness, Morton and Dunfermline. Unless of course, Harkins inspires Partick to a 2nd half revival ! Then again, with Caldwell at the helm that is not going to happen. I don't know what they were thinking about appointing him, I feel really for sorry for the Thistle fans as they deserve better.
  15. The Queen of the South Thread

    Nonsense. Harkins did not exhibit any of that kind of behaviour and looked to be enjoying playing with Dobbie. Baird was the one for that sort of thing !