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1 hour ago, Brashy's Boots said:

Some proper heads gone stuff at full time today. Couple of boys in particular fit to burst. Anyone on here?

Was more resigned acceptance and a ‘f**k, this is going to be a long season’  mood around us. 

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Just now, Beastie Russell said:

In the short time Spencer was on the pitch you can see he’s 100 times the player Scott Brown is.

Think the ‘captain’ needs a wee seat on the bench, offered little and when he did it was to slow the game down.

I think the ‘captain’ will be benched once our real captain comes back 

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That was canary in the coal mine stuff in my opinion. Up until the hour mark we were the better team but couldn’t score - it isn’t a coincidence that we can point to missed chances in all four defeats so far. To see the manager saying it’s “obvious” we need a striker a mere three months after taking the job is…. Well, frustrating to say the least.

Ross Millen is diabolical. I really don’t want to jump on a bandwagon and make a victim of someone but it’s alarming to be going through a season with him as our RB.

The major concern for me though is this absolutely weird tactic of the manager, taking defenders off for attacking players when we’re behind. Nolan off for Ross at 70 seemed a sensible change, drop Brown back to CB because ICT are pressing the midfield but letting the CBs pick their passes. Sensible move to put a midfielder with reasonable passing ability there, right? No. 3-4-3 with two full backs still playing LB and RB, leaving effectively one at the back. With twenty minutes left! We lost all control of the game and Caley should’ve finished us off long before they did. It’s just handing the game away.

I was encouraged by Hamilton away, where we genuinely played well and looked like a team on the up. Today has taken us back to the feeling after Cove. Big, big game next week.

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Some interesting points being made along with some real heads gone stuff too.

However the jury is sitting on Mr Murray though as he needs to have us doing better, much better. 2 wins and 3 defeats is not the form that anyone would have thought we'd start with, it isn't good enough.

We can offer a host of excuses with injuries and new players but IMO his recruitment has been worse than McGlynns.  The failure to recruit an out and out striker to a team that every fan knew needed one is quite bizarre. However the failure to redress the issue at centre half to where we are now is beyond that!  That he signed two midfielders to an already adept midfield squad whilst not addressing those other more important issues is nothing short of criminal.

So far his recruitment:

Brown, midfield rock but better than Matthews? Utility man? Jack of some trades and master of none, he's not a patch on Musonda imo.

Easton, good on his day but has been a bit hot and cold. Still possibly his best signing though.

Nolan, weak, one footed, indecisive, slow (thought wise) and doesn't move the ball well.

O'Riordan, classy for one so young, he must be wishing it was Christmas and he can go home. Probably the best bit of business Murrays done.

Ngenya and Connell, squad fillers at best a complete waste of a loan,

Millen, complete charlatan and a total waste of a wage.

McBride and McNeil, too early to say hopefully they will prove better value than the last 3.

Unless I've miscounted thats 11 gone and 9 in, with the exception of Riley Snow any of the other 10 (9 if we miss out Dario) would be shoo-ins to start in that team. Of the 9 brought in I can think of only two who have done enough to warrant their signing.

It's not all IM's fault though, the BoD are massively culpable for the position the club are in too. 

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5 minutes ago, Paco said:

Ross Millen is diabolical. I really don’t want to jump on a bandwagon and make a victim of someone but it’s alarming to be going through a season two seasons with him as our RB.

Sorry, but FIFY…

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14 minutes ago, Paco said:

Ross Millen is diabolical. I really don’t want to jump on a bandwagon and make a victim of someone but it’s alarming to be going through a season with him as our RB.

He had cross in the 2nd half and it went to a ICT defender and they cleared it up the park and he was walking back…… Walked back while Connolly was busting a gut to get back he’s honestly 1 of the worst RB I’ve seen in a while 

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15 minutes ago, Scottydog said:

Brown, midfield rock but better than Matthews? Utility man? Jack of some trades and master of none, he's not a patch on Musonda imo.

Ngl I think Matthews Replaces him when he’s back our best midfield 3 would be Spencer, Matthews and Stanton with Easton in the 10 

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21 minutes ago, Scottydog said:

Some interesting points being made along with some real heads gone stuff too.

However the jury is sitting on Mr Murray though as he needs to have us doing better, much better. 2 wins and 3 defeats is not the form that anyone would have thought we'd start with, it isn't good enough.

We can offer a host of excuses with injuries and new players but IMO his recruitment has been worse than McGlynns.  The failure to recruit an out and out striker to a team that every fan knew needed one is quite bizarre. However the failure to redress the issue at centre half to where we are now is beyond that!  That he signed two midfielders to an already adept midfield squad whilst not addressing those other more important issues is nothing short of criminal.

So far his recruitment:

Brown, midfield rock but better than Matthews? Utility man? Jack of some trades and master of none, he's not a patch on Musonda imo.

Easton, good on his day but has been a bit hot and cold. Still possibly his best signing though.

Nolan, weak, one footed, indecisive, slow (thought wise) and doesn't move the ball well.

O'Riordan, classy for one so young, he must be wishing it was Christmas and he can go home. Probably the best bit of business Murrays done.

Ngenya and Connell, squad fillers at best a complete waste of a loan,

Millen, complete charlatan and a total waste of a wage.

McBride and McNeil, too early to say hopefully they will prove better value than the last 3.

Unless I've miscounted thats 11 gone and 9 in, with the exception of Riley Snow any of the other 10 (9 if we miss out Dario) would be shoo-ins to start in that team. Of the 9 brought in I can think of only two who have done enough to warrant their signing.

It's not all IM's fault though, the BoD are massively culpable for the position the club are in too. 

In defence of Nolan, he's predominantly right footed playing on the left which means he's got to shift his body shape for most of his passes. That isn't his fault, he's being asked to play there. I agree he needs to move the ball on quicker, the same goes for the majority of the team. 

We don't have a lot of two footed players and not many teams do in this country, it's a massive flaw of training for a lot of players since childhood to make them work on their weaker foot. 

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1 minute ago, foreverarover said:
18 minutes ago, MICMAC said:
Who do we reckon this forward is? Experienced, which means he's older. Nadir Ciftci, Marc McNulty?

Connor Shields at Motherwell. 25 years old and not exactly setting the Heather on fire.

Or another 18 year old, we need experience 

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The calibre of what hes brought in so far doesn't fill me with confidence on the signing of a striker, he must've been well aware of what we needed defensively and up front when he took the job on, but we'll still be getting the waffle about this fabled striker we hope to sign when its the January window

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56 minutes ago, MICMAC said:

Who do we reckon this forward is? Experienced, which means he's older. Nadir Ciftci, Marc McNulty?

Its got to be someone with height and physicality as IM said he wants someone different. We could also do with a left footed CB.

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A couple of very worrying statistics, without even thinking about the 22 years since we last beat Inverness -

 

We've already lost four league games this season and we're only just into September. It took until Boxing Day for us to suffer our 4th league defeat of last season.

 

The last league goal we scored in front of the South Stand was Matej Poplatník in the 3-3 draw against Queen of the South on the 1st of February.

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1 hour ago, MICMAC said:

Who do we reckon this forward is? Experienced, which means he's older. Nadir Ciftci, Marc McNulty?

Neither

42 minutes ago, baillieinleeds said:

Or another 18 year old, we need experience 

No

29 minutes ago, Brashy's Boots said:

I think we should expect the unexpected. 

This

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