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It’s all about opinions and that’s why we passionately care about our club. As posted I agree with some of the negative points, but can’t emphasis enough that we’re in the third tier of Scottish football. 
Yes we’ve had a horrendous two seasons and the heart ripped out our club by people that shouldn’t have been near our club.
However in my opinion theres several reasons to be optimistic starting with the change of directors, the new Rawlins investment and the first steps in appointing fans representative to the board.

M&M have a decent track record and still think if the last season was played out we would have been promoted, however we are where we are.

Weve tried the so called better players from other clubs, most have been a disaster apart from McManus. The budget we carry is probably in the top four of the championship, but playing in the seaside league it’s near impossible to get players to sign.

Saturdays result was a huge disappointment but let’s not overreact, there’s going to be many similar games where teams will sit back and hope for a break and nick a goal. We’ve just got to accept that, right now most can see that Dowds isn’t a McManus, and for me needs a goal to get his confidence. Sammon looks like he’s realised it’s maybe his last season and has upped his game, It doesn’t help when we have guys as seen with Saturdays game ie. Telfer, Alston, Morrison all off form, or in Telfer case doesn’t fancy trying at times. 
Yes we’ve not scaled any heights but we’re four points clear with 18 games to play.....

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2 hours ago, FFC 1876 said:

The only team that caused us real problems this season where Thistle in the second half and really we should have had that game dead and buried if Dowds had stuck that one away just before half time. Airdrie were solid defensively and managed to nick a goal from a set piece it's hardly us throwing in the towel.

Problem is dowds is missing these chances every week.  I never said threw in the towel I said shat the bed.  Airdrie were exactly the same as they were last season no different and they came away with the 3 points again. Is it perhaps not too much to ask that our management team would have learned a lesson from last season and ensured this season it wouldn't happen again? As I said groundhog Day once again. I dont expect us to go through a season unbeaten but I also don't expect us to be making the same mistakes as we were 12 months ago.

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1 hour ago, Bantabairn said:

It’s all about opinions and that’s why we passionately care about our club. As posted I agree with some of the negative points, but can’t emphasis enough that we’re in the third tier of Scottish football. 
Yes we’ve had a horrendous two seasons and the heart ripped out our club by people that shouldn’t have been near our club.
However in my opinion theres several reasons to be optimistic starting with the change of directors, the new Rawlins investment and the first steps in appointing fans representative to the board.

M&M have a decent track record and still think if the last season was played out we would have been promoted, however we are where we are.

Weve tried the so called better players from other clubs, most have been a disaster apart from McManus. The budget we carry is probably in the top four of the championship, but playing in the seaside league it’s near impossible to get players to sign.

Saturdays result was a huge disappointment but let’s not overreact, there’s going to be many similar games where teams will sit back and hope for a break and nick a goal. We’ve just got to accept that, right now most can see that Dowds isn’t a McManus, and for me needs a goal to get his confidence. Sammon looks like he’s realised it’s maybe his last season and has upped his game, It doesn’t help when we have guys as seen with Saturdays game ie. Telfer, Alston, Morrison all off form, or in Telfer case doesn’t fancy trying at times. 
Yes we’ve not scaled any heights but we’re four points clear with 18 games to play.....

Part time Arbroath on a much smaller budget won this league comfortably two years ago so I don't get this we're in the third tier of so we can't sign any decent players rubbish. 

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I think you need to be a bit more optimistic as the negativity isn't warranted. If we have the exact same return as the first round of games by the end of the season we would be 12 points clear. I would happily take that and say that would be quite comfortable. I'd also take winning the league on goal difference by a solitary goal. How we get there does not matter, as long as the outcome is the same. 

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44 minutes ago, Shadwell Dog said:

Part time Arbroath on a much smaller budget won this league comfortably two years ago so I don't get this we're in the third tier of so we can't sign any decent players rubbish. 

Fact,  three players we spoke to of a decent pedigree said no as third tier of Scottish football, McManus was made an extraordinary offer to stay put and knocked us back. 

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2 minutes ago, Marshmallo said:

Has there been anything additional communicated about the share issuance?

Announcement in January 

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10 minutes ago, Bantabairn said:

Fact,  three players we spoke to of a decent pedigree said no as third tier of Scottish football, McManus was made an extraordinary offer to stay put and knocked us back. 

Daniel Devine, Stephen Kingsley and Wayne Rooney?

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I really like Dowds ability to hold a ball up and his uncoordinated, gangly style must be hard for defenders to read BUT he is not a striker.   I'm not sure where he should fit in in the team.

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Sorry, but neither Dowds nor Francis look like they can be relied on to even trap a pass FFS, going by what we've seen so far.  A poor return to date. Sammon may be a bit better than he was, but the bar was set lower than a snake's arse so it couldn't have been difficult to get some improvement out of him.  So not only are the front men not holding up the ball well enough often enough to bring the midfield into play, none of the three of them look like they'll get near double figures for scoring this season.  Some significant improvement - and then consistency - required by these guys to start to be a realistic threat, a danger, to opposition defences, because right now they're just not.  And if that's seen as knicker-wetting, I'd suggest your head's in the sand.   

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5 hours ago, Shadwell Dog said:

That's because  Sunday was the first big test and we basically shat the bed once again. Same old issues , same problems. This time last season we had only lost one match but had scored 5 more goals. We were 4 points worse off but then we had played an extra home game so imho we aren't a whole lot better off or playing much better than this time last season. We were still humping teams like Dumbarton and struggling against Airdrie. Our right back is still shite, telfer still hides whenever the going gets tough and our strikers are missing a 20 goal plus player.To be honest we haven't even reached the heights of the 6 0 thrashing of Dumbarton yet. 

Fukn hell, Airdrie our first big test....youd think we were playing Brazil 1970 !

Our only test has been Cove for me, lose that and we wouldve been behind them by a bit more than we would have liked

We didnt get the first goal and struggled, it happens to the best teams around and in these times its hard to judge against previous seasons but the Dumbarton team we beat 6-0 last season were much worse on that day than the current Dumbarton, they'd been as well as scoring the goals for us that day and even the Dumbarton fans had more justice in being as miserable as you are now.

You must be in a real bad way to defend wor Ray still 14 games in last season with a bigger budget our results were  W6 D5 L3 and this season so far W9 D2 L3

Ps I hope you have an electric oven

4 hours ago, FFC 1876 said:

The only team that caused us real problems this season where Thistle in the second half and really we should have had that game dead and buried if Dowds had stuck that one away just before half time. Airdrie were solid defensively and managed to nick a goal from a set piece it's hardly us throwing in the towel.

It is all about taking your chances, if we had scored with any of the chances early on in Sundays game then it changes, Airdrie were ultra defensive inthe first half something they werent last season then we were horrific 2nd half, it happens and we move on and hopefully learn from it

1 hour ago, Bantabairn said:

Fact,  three players we spoke to of a decent pedigree said no as third tier of Scottish football, McManus was made an extraordinary offer to stay put and knocked us back. 

I wouldnt be surprised if we offered more money than Dunfermline, this league is a graveyard and very few players make a step down to improve their career better than what they left. 

 

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1 hour ago, MrDust said:

Fukn hell, Airdrie our first big test....youd think we were playing Brazil 1970 !

Our only test has been Cove for me, lose that and we wouldve been behind them by a bit more than we would have liked

We didnt get the first goal and struggled, it happens to the best teams around and in these times its hard to judge against previous seasons but the Dumbarton team we beat 6-0 last season were much worse on that day than the current Dumbarton, they'd been as well as scoring the goals for us that day and even the Dumbarton fans had more justice in being as miserable as you are now.

You must be in a real bad way to defend wor Ray still 14 games in last season with a bigger budget our results were  W6 D5 L3 and this season so far W9 D2 L3

Ps I hope you have an electric oven

It is all about taking your chances, if we had scored with any of the chances early on in Sundays game then it changes, Airdrie were ultra defensive inthe first half something they werent last season then we were horrific 2nd half, it happens and we move on and hopefully learn from it

I wouldnt be surprised if we offered more money than Dunfermline, this league is a graveyard and very few players make a step down to improve their career better than what they left. 

 

Christ we didn't have that many clear cut chances at the end of the day. Sammon and dowds had one each and that was it. I'd see your point if we had battered them for 90 mins . Airdrie had by far the better chances after that. And why choose 14 games. We've only played 9 and our results are similar to his who knows after 14 they may be similar again we don't know. I was expecting a big improvement this season not more of the same. It just annoys the feck out of me that the first time a club shows up parks the bus and doesn't gift us goals then we struggle. The fact that we couldn't even manage a point was piss poor.  If it's that bad in this league how come teams like Dunfermline, queen's,  livie and Arbroath have managed to put sides on the park to win it comfortably probably all on less budgets than we have. 

Saturday will tell us even more about what we're about.  Win and I'll hold my hands up so let's wait and see.

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5 hours ago, Believe The Hype said:

I think you need to be a bit more optimistic as the negativity isn't warranted. If we have the exact same return as the first round of games by the end of the season we would be 12 points clear. I would happily take that and say that would be quite comfortable. I'd also take winning the league on goal difference by a solitary goal. How we get there does not matter, as long as the outcome is the same. 

Whilst I essentially agree with you about how we win the league not mattering, I would obviously much prefer to win it comfortably and with some style because I would want us to have at least the nucleus of a settled team and playing style going into the Championship. Let's hope it's a dilemma that we face come the season end!

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4 hours ago, Long Suffering Bairn said:

I really like Dowds ability to hold a ball up and his uncoordinated, gangly style must be hard for defenders to read BUT he is not a striker.   I'm not sure where he should fit in in the team.

I think you make a valid point. Dowds certainly isn't a natural goal-scorer but he does have something about him. He's usually quite good on the ball and can create chances but, like you, I think it's difficult to see where he fits. He needs to have the right kind of partner, maybe Keena can provide that but we'll just need to wait and see.

 

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35 minutes ago, ShaggerG said:

I think you make a valid point. Dowds certainly isn't a natural goal-scorer but he does have something about him. He's usually quite good on the ball and can create chances but, like you, I think it's difficult to see where he fits. He needs to have the right kind of partner, maybe Keena can provide that but we'll just need to wait and see.

 

Certainly one of your front two needs to be a finisher and at the moment neither of them is that  and you also can't rely on Francis either unfortunately.

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Christ we didn't have that many clear cut chances at the end of the day. Sammon and dowds had one each and that was it. I'd see your point if we had battered them for 90 mins . Airdrie had by far the better chances after that. And why choose 14 games. We've only played 9 and our results are similar to his who knows after 14 they may be similar again we don't know. I was expecting a big improvement this season not more of the same. It just annoys the feck out of me that the first time a club shows up parks the bus and doesn't gift us goals then we struggle. The fact that we couldn't even manage a point was piss poor.  If it's that bad in this league how come teams like Dunfermline, queen's,  livie and Arbroath have managed to put sides on the park to win it comfortably probably all on less budgets than we have. 

Saturday will tell us even more about what we're about.  Win and I'll hold my hands up so let's wait and see.

That Arbroath team that won the league comfortably lost 6 of the 36 games that season. Livingston lost 7, Dunfermline lost 5.

When Morton won it in 2015 they lost no less than ELEVEN!

We have lost 1 in 9 and are 4 points clear.

I am not even sure you know what point you are trying to make. ..

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Wales considering all sports to be put on hold if the new strain of virus continues to grow, Scotland is never that far away from what Wales does, worrying times..

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2 hours ago, roman_bairn said:

That Arbroath team that won the league comfortably lost 6 of the 36 games that season. Livingston lost 7, Dunfermline lost 5.

When Morton won it in 2015 they lost no less than ELEVEN!

We have lost 1 in 9 and are 4 points clear.

I am not even sure you know what point you are trying to make. ..

Dunfermline won the league by 18 points livi 19. With goal difference of around plus 50 each. That's what we should've  been looking to equal last season and now this season.  These teams didn't struggle to sign players able to win the league at a canter and neither had budgets bigger than us.  Why are we accepting mediocrity and making excuses.

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