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29 minutes ago, ShitRaith said:

Absolutely buzzing Andos back.

 

1 minute ago, ShitRaith said:

Absolutely buzzing Andos back.

You should have said.

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Winning or losing preseason friendlies isn’t of any great importance, they always say it’s more about gaining match sharpness, bedding in the new guys and identify weaknesses. On the other hand a wins a win and McGlynn has often said it’s a great habit to form.

i won’t get to any of the preseason games so I’ll be interested to hear from those there what their views are, particularly where we looked strong and where we didn’t.

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Nando was named man of the match and, in fairness, grew into the game as it progressed, making a glorious headed clearance late on. 

However, for me, Regan Hendry was several levels above anyone else on the park. The only issue is that he's mentally so far ahead of everyone else that a couple of moves broke down as no one read what he was about to do. 

I'm probably getting completely carried away, but he looks very much in the Silky Hetherston mould. 

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Nando was named man of the match and, in fairness, grew into the game as it progressed, making a glorious headed clearance late on. 
However, for me, Regan Hendry was several levels above anyone else on the park. The only issue is that he's mentally so far ahead of everyone else that a couple of moves broke down as no one read what he was about to do. 
I'm probably getting completely carried away, but he looks very much in the Silky Hetherston mould. 
Agree, nando does look like he'll have a mistake in him but he does look a good find. He's not going to lose many high balls anyway.

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Other trialist is apparently Matthew Knox.

On another note Bowie looks an absolute player for 16!

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Winning or losing preseason friendlies isn’t of any great importance, they always say it’s more about gaining match sharpness, bedding in the new guys and identify weaknesses. On the other hand a wins a win and McGlynn has often said it’s a great habit to form.
i won’t get to any of the preseason games so I’ll be interested to hear from those there what their views are, particularly where we looked strong and where we didn’t.

Nando is a no nonsense CB. He’ll definitely get sent off a couple of times this year but looked so good in the air. Just a bit clumsy with the ball at his feet.

Munro didn’t really have a save to make. Came out to collect crosses though which is something, us Rovers fans aren’t used to seeing in a keeper.

Anderson looked just as fit and able as he did when he left. Be a big player for us this year I reckon. Also anyone that claims that he doesn’t have a final ball probably won’t be saying that after today. Most of his balls in were excellent.

Victoria is a technically gifted player but always tried one thing too many.

Hendry - no more needs to be said there.

Lewis Allan( no. 9 trialist) didn’t look up to much. Maybe needs more time to prove himself though. I’m sure he’ll get that over the next couple of friendlies.

Spencer again came on with like 15 to go. Didn’t have much of a chance to show what he can do.

MacDonald slotted in at LB and looked really good going forward. The difference between him and somebody like McHattie or Crane though is MacDonald has the legs to get back.

Miller was a strange one, wearing the number 2, I expected to see him in at RB but Watson played their. It looked like Miller was playing in front of the Back 4. Did well to take the ball from Bene and Nando and carry it forward though.

The number 21(Matthew Knox) looked really good at linking up play and bringing others into the game when he came on.

My MotM though was Kieran Bowie. Put a real shift and looks like he can be an excellent player for us.

Regan Hendry though!

I know it was only a friendly against a team in a lower league but there was definitely a lot of positives to take from that today.

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Nando was named man of the match and, in fairness, grew into the game as it progressed, making a glorious headed clearance late on. 
However, for me, Regan Hendry was several levels above anyone else on the park. The only issue is that he's mentally so far ahead of everyone else that a couple of moves broke down as no one read what he was about to do. 
I'm probably getting completely carried away, but he looks very much in the Silky Hetherston mould. 


Silky Hetherston! The club should have you selling season tickets - ‘the club have signed this centuries Silky Hetherston, roll up, roll up!’

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Dont take a lot from friendlies but quite enjoyed the game.Played some neat stuff but lacked a bit penetration

Although the keeper didnt have a lot to do,good distribution,looked composed and confident

Miller looks a good player

Nando again looks a good player,good in the air,looks to have a bit of pace,pretty composed on the ball and not a hoofer.Always looking for a pass..

Hendry,absoulute stand out and on that kinda form a steal of a signing

McDonald,again looked a good player

Of the newbies was disappointed in Victoria,expected more from him but early days

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36 minutes ago, Specky Ginger said:

Nando was named man of the match and, in fairness, grew into the game as it progressed, making a glorious headed clearance late on. 

However, for me, Regan Hendry was several levels above anyone else on the park. The only issue is that he's mentally so far ahead of everyone else that a couple of moves broke down as no one read what he was about to do. 

I'm probably getting completely carried away, but he looks very much in the Silky Hetherston mould. 

He will do well with Vaughan when he returns, 2 class players 

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It was our first friendly but Victoria pretty much played as expected. Think we may utilise Vaughan our there as I can't see Victoria doing a consistently good job there. Harsh to judge Allan on a 30 minute appearance aswell but he didn't look up to much.

That's the negatives out the way. Munro looked good. He was making some good saves in the warm up and although he didn't have to make any in the game I think he's an improvement on Lyness. Back 4 all looked pretty good, macdonald was quiet in the first half but better in the second. Nando is a unit who does seem a good find. Watson played well at rb aswell and overall there was a better ballance to the defence.

Miller looked decent enough, a few stray passes but he defended the central areas well enough. Hendry is a cut above anyone else on the pitch today, we are lucky to have him. Bowie played very well and was unlucky not to score, could be a big season for him. He does look like he has the ability to kick on so hopefully his work ethic is good, which appears so from the time he's been on the pitch. Victoria was poor in the first half and lost possession a few times, he's going to be a frustrating player as you can see he does have a bit of skill but he had a good chance but is desperate for the ball to be on his right foot. Ando did well enough up top, not sure he's a permanent solution to a lone striker role though.

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It's the first competitive game if the season so we have to let players bed in. Don't know about others but I was pulling my hair out in that first half. It was like last season with tippy tappy shite across the back four which went nowhere. In that first half except for Bowie who was excellent the forwards had little movement in looking for the ball. Bowie is a good looking prospect, but no stuck out on the wing and acting as a cover for the full back. He ain't going to score much there. I thought Allen when he came on had some nice touches and was making a move as soon as he passed the ball, trying to give the player an option. I know it is game 1 but unless we get a striker with a bit of physique then for me it's going to be a long season ahead.

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If we're going to be playing that way week in week out then we are going to need a proper target man type for the midfield to play off of, or someone like nizzy who will score the few chances that come his way. The tippy tappy play needs to be played higher up the pitch this season, with Miller potentially playing in front of the back 4 it should allow us to be more direct with it knowing there is a spare man sat in to defend.

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TBH much rather see the tip tappy stuff across the back four trying to draw opposition forward or in hope of our front players making space than hoofing it aimlessly up the park

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If we're going to be playing that way week in week out then we are going to need a proper target man type for the midfield to play off of, or someone like nizzy who will score the few chances that come his way. The tippy tappy play needs to be played higher up the pitch this season, with Miller potentially playing in front of the back 4 it should allow us to be more direct with it knowing there is a spare man sat in to defend.
I don't know what was said at half time but it was a little more direct in parts of the second half. Making more use of the pace of MacDonald and the wide players pkaying more on the shoulder of defenders. We have decent pace up front and playing over the top with width should be a strength in out game.

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TBH much rather see the tip tappy stuff across the back four trying to draw opposition forward or in hope of our front players making space than hoofing it aimlessly up the park
The point being though the front players are making no moves into space. In doing that we should be playing it over the defence which wasn't happening at all, particularly in the first half. I think Bowie would be a great we player with a player of height alongside him, not being stuck out in the wing.

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It was noticeable macdonald getting forward more and Anderson seing the ball into feet more when we went more direct and there was a couple of decent chances created because of this. The style is effective if done right but we seen it all too many times last season, teams sitting in and allowing us to play it about the back with little penetration... We did score a barrow load but we had a striker who took his few chances when they came along.

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