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  1. Started with Wedderburn and McKay as holding midfielders and Roberts in front of them. Smith out right and Carrick on the left with Gallagher through the middle. Millar replaced Wedderburn just after half time. Felt it worked really well and we looked a lot more organised. Still not keen on McKay, dont think he offers much and was easily out jumped for their goal. Lost his man at a corner earlier in the game as well which luckily the Forfar player glanced past the post. We played better as a back 4 as well and McCann seemed much more comfortable in his natural left back position rather than left wing back.
  2. Great win today and a much improved performance after the last few weeks. Felt we were unlucky to be behind at half time, thought we had just shaded a tight 1st half and Carrick should have put us in front with a great chance! Lost a cheap goal from another corner which was headed back across goal from the back post...players seemed to suggest it might have went out at the back post but from a defensive point of view we have to be making sure we win the initial header! 2nd half we started well and got a quick equaliser thanks to an error from McCallum who someone managed to spill Carricks shot over the line. Then even quicker than that we were in front when Smith flicked the ball on for Gallagher to run through and lob the ball over McCallum....seemed to take an age for the ball to come back down and drop in below the bar! After that we looked quite comfortable with Forfar rarely threatening and then Smith, who had a great game out on the right wing, intercepted a poor Forfar pass and raced through on goal before cutting onto his right foot and finishing with a great strike! Forfar hit the bar and had another opportunity just wide before Roy rounded off a resounding victory late on. Overall thought we were well organised and the players put in a great shift...impressed with Smith and Carrick on both wings who never stopped working. Crighton was solid at the back and Roberts had a decent game in midfield. Thought Kieron Millar done extremely well when he came on and could have earned himself an start next week in place of Wedderburn. Apart from that the team should pick itself for next week, a game we need to follow up this weeks win with another positive result!
  3. Heard Hutton went over on his ankle in training on Thursday....think someone has been inventing stories!!
  4. Not sure what Murray will go with tomorrow, think he'll stick with the 3-5-2 but whether he makes some personnel changes remains to be seen. I'd like to see Roberts drop back in to replace either McKay or Wedderburn and have Carrick or Hawkshaw in behind the strikers...theres no reason to be playing 2 defensive midfielders at home against Elgin. It's a good opportunity to progress to the quarters so I think we'll have quite a strong team out....no need to be resting players unless they have been struggling with injuries.
  5. According to the OS Hutton, Gallacher and MacDonald are all out for tomorrow so looks like it will be Willison in goal.
  6. Get off the train at Airdrie and go to either the West End Bar or Cue Here. Both good pubs and only a few quid in a taxi to the stadium.
  7. I sat in that area at the Queens Park game earlier in the season and had the misfortune of having to listen to probably one of that same group who moaned from the minute the game kicked off. Crighton was the one who got most abuse as by his own admission he was the only name he knew!! Looks like he's now learned the other players names! I took great delight when he got up and left as soon as we conceded the 2nd goal that night and he ended up missing our equaliser and 26 pens!
  8. The 2nd half of the Clyde game we changed to a back 3 so I think this is why he stuck with it for East Fife. The same happened with the Forfar game...we had a great 1st half playing 4-3-3 against Hamilton the previous week and then the same line up the following week were terrible so I do see why he has been chopping and changing to some extent. I do agree though that we need to settle on a formation and get the players used to it, consistency is key!
  9. Like who? Keep hearing about us signing a proven goalscorer but not one realistic suggestion as to who. Proven goalscorers are rare at this level, anyone who has a decent goalscoring record will easily get signed up with a championship side! We now have 5 strikers in the first team with Gallagher, Roy, Smith, Carrick and Russell...cant see us signing anymore!
  10. Right back is the only position I'd say were not well stocked in. Fordyce can play there but he's more suited to centre half and as you say MacDonald is still young and inexperienced so would be good to bring in a more natural right back.
  11. https://www.airdriefc.com/1920news/180719/Open-day-at-Penny-Cars-Stadium Open training session on Saturday and a chance for fans to meet the players. Great idea from the club!!
  12. Yes because to be brunt they're not good enough. The likes of Stewart, Edward's, Cairns and McIntosh didn't show me anything to suggest they were worth keeping. For me, not one of them would have got into the first team this year. Think suggesting that Murray is blatantly getting rid of these players because he didn't sign them is very unfair, the club has been needing a clear out for years and it's been refreshing to see the decks being cleared.
  13. We signed 4 youngsters from the academy and 4 from the reserves on full time contracts so hardly very few. Hopefully Cammy Russell will leave on loan...with Roy, Carrick, Gallagher and Smith all in front of him then he's going to struggle to get game time. I think he's got a good chance of breaking into the first team in the near future but he could really do with a loan spell in League 2 to gain more experience.
  14. Why should he keep players if he doesnt rate them? Theres no room for sentiment in young players coming through...ultimately if they're not good enough then I'd rather find players who are, no matter where they come from. Stewart and Edward's have both had a fair crack at proving their worth and for me neither showed they were good enough.
  15. Spot on, I'm sure every club would love these 20+ strikers but unfortunately theres not many of them going about. Murray will still be trying things out in this league cup with different formations and players in different positions so by the time the league rolls around he should hopefully have a good idea what his strongest line up is. Definitely thinks there's goals in this team, difficult to judge them against Partick, as you said we wont be playing against that standard in our division. From what I've seen so far, theres better quality on the ball and re-watching the highlights from yesterday, we had a lot of good link up play during that 1st half which some teams in our division will struggle to deal with. Would like to see Gallagher get a run of games as the main forward of the three to see how well he does. Thompson played right of the front 3 with Gallagher playing on the right of the midfield 4. Was surprised to see they weren't swapped round but in reflection Thompson was excellent 1st half and looked our most dangerous outlet.
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