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This breaking a week before a Highland Derby.  Ooft.

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Wonder what odds you'll get on a County player to get four today?

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On 24/09/2018 at 18:09, Les Westander of County said:

Just wondering.  

Is it possible we're not that good after all?

I felt quite drunk as I felt the joy of a dominant hour on Saturday and sober reflection such as it is (one's memory does dim) suggests that there is merit in your supposition. 

Fox may not have eyes in the back of his head but he did save all that he should have

Fontaine dominated against an inexperienced centre forward

The full backs were as agricultural as they were unsure

Draper has rickets

Vigurs is more flawed than he is genius

Done Cowie

Gardyne comes across as he always has done

The others were excellent*

 

 

*they were beige

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I thought Watson had an okay game, while Kelly was very hesistant. Keep getting told he's got a good delivery, but he's not exactly whipping them in like Scotty Mo used to at the minute.

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I think yesterday saw our best performance of the season, and with that the two players that missed out against Caley must start each game.  Vigurs and Mullins.  To get the most out of our strongest area, I think we have to play 5 in midfield each week.  I think Lindsay gives us a more dynamic midfield with his energy.  With Gardyne likely to be out it may give us options to see who can play on the left.  I would like to see DKD play more often.  Then the final place would be taken by Cowie or Draper.  As much as I love Don and was great seeing someone come through at County and getting all the way to International level (also showing Gerrard how to take a penalty in a National Cup Final), I would pick Draper.

DKD - Vigurs - Draper - Lindsay - Mullins

Can Paton play on the left?  As that could be an option if he returns from loan.  Any one else pick something different in midfield?

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54 minutes ago, Loki said:

I think yesterday saw our best performance of the season, and with that the two players that missed out against Caley must start each game.  Vigurs and Mullins.  To get the most out of our strongest area, I think we have to play 5 in midfield each week.  I think Lindsay gives us a more dynamic midfield with his energy.  With Gardyne likely to be out it may give us options to see who can play on the left.  I would like to see DKD play more often.  Then the final place would be taken by Cowie or Draper.  As much as I love Don and was great seeing someone come through at County and getting all the way to International level (also showing Gerrard how to take a penalty in a National Cup Final), I would pick Draper.

DKD - Vigurs - Draper - Lindsay - Mullins

Can Paton play on the left?  As that could be an option if he returns from loan.  Any one else pick something different in midfield?

That's spot on.  In all honesty, I don't see what Cowie really brings to the starting XI.  

When Mullin and Vigurs came on against Inverness, County completely dominated.  Not quite sure why they didn't start, but they will surely start every game they're available for.  Also on that note, I really can't understand why Livingston let Mullin go.  If he keeps this up, he'll be player of the year hands down.

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I don't think Livi wanted him to go, but with the management situation in turmoil at that point, I think he took the gamble that moving to County would be the better option.  Certainly no one expected Livi's start to the Premiership, so at this point it was probably the wrong option.  But he's brilliant.

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On 9/24/2018 at 18:09, Les Westander of County said:

Just wondering.  

Is it possible we're not that good after all?

Well that's cleared that up. We seem to be quite good after all.

Well done County!

However I thought the first 10 minutes against Dundee United included a lot of hesitancy and poor passes, especially in defence. Fortunately United were just as bad.

Then we were good and United weren't. As well as scoring a goal somehow from a very wide right (practically a corner) free kick, I thought Kelly made as good a contribution as most of the team. Quite happy to start him. Our other full-back (Watson?) may not be in that position normally but after settling down also put in a good shift. So Marcus Fraser wasn't really missed.

Got to take some encouragement from that result, to take into the Partick Thistle game. And United's confidence must be utterly destroyed.

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Question: is Lindsay already as good as Kettlewell was in the title winning season? 

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I think so, and that is no slight on Kettlewell.

 

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3 hours ago, bunglebonce said:

Question: is Lindsay already as good as Kettlewell was in the title winning season? 

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I think so, and that is no slight on Kettlewell.

 

Even just from the highlights of the last couple of games I've noticed how good Lindsay is at making late runs into the box but the players aren't finding him. 

Despite having 4 decent strikers I think 4-5-1 has to be the formation we play most of the time with Lindsay playing instead of Cowie.

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5 hours ago, staggy4life said:

Even just from the highlights of the last couple of games I've noticed how good Lindsay is at making late runs into the box but the players aren't finding him. 

Despite having 4 decent strikers I think 4-5-1 has to be the formation we play most of the time with Lindsay playing instead of Cowie.

Yup. Lindsay and Mullin have been consistently excellent this season so far. 

I like to think of our "4-5-1" as the considerably sexier 4-3-3.

But we can't be too predictable, and we do have players that can play other shapes. I wouldn't want only one centre forward position available every week. McKay was excellent in a poachy kind of role but won't get hat tricks in that manner every week. I think Graham could win us a few games, probably in a front 2.

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I wouldn't go as far as to say Lindsay is as good as Kettlewell yet, but he could be in time.  He has been excellent.  As much as I agree that we need to play five in midfield to really showcase our strengths I certainly think in certain matches we can swap between three and four at the back.

The Invincible's midfield against our current midfield would be some battle.

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Excellent result today at Firhill. 

Delighted with clean sheet. Noting BBC stats which look quite even except that County had 0 corners to Thistle's 10. It's pleasing that we do seem to be a bit more effective at defending. Mullin is gold. Draper's discipline could be better?

Looking forward to hearing from those who were there. 

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