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45 minutes ago, Sherrif John Bunnell said:

Baxter should go straight in if he is fit. Laidlaw is useless.

A little bit harsh (but understandable), he's not getting helped by our defence which is an utter shambles.

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Baxter should go straight in if he is fit. Laidlaw is useless.


Have to disagree, usually only get to away games now but he’s been very good in a lot of those (Aberdeen away aside). A lot of people have said the last Aberdeen home game Laidlaw was useless but watching the goals on the highlights there’s nothing really he could of done for any. First free kick the wall spilts. The 2nd is an awkward cross with graham completely missing it. 3rd is top bins and even Neuer isn’t saving that. Our defence is our main problem 100%

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On 18/11/2019 at 01:36, RossCountyFan14 said:

Our defence is our main problem 100%

 

Absolutely. I don't have too much to say about Laidlaw either way (which does suggest to me personally he hasn't been "stand-out BAD")... But joint worst goals conceded added to Laidlaw topping the 'saves' table on 50, 7 more than second place, all point unequivocally to a rotten defence.

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Absolutely. I don't have too much to say about Laidlaw either way (which does suggest to me personally he hasn't been "stand-out BAD")... But joint worst goals conceded added to Laidlaw topping the 'saves' table on 50, 7 more than second place, all point unequivocally to a rotten defence.



Indeed. So what do the managers do? Change the keeper and leave the back four as.

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Few familiar faces in away end, we’ve all aged not bad since I started going away games in early 00’s! Next generation in tow! 

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On 22/11/2019 at 14:36, The Great Stagsby said:

Absolutely. I don't have too much to say about Laidlaw either way (which does suggest to me personally he hasn't been "stand-out BAD")... But joint worst goals conceded added to Laidlaw topping the 'saves' table on 50, 7 more than second place, all point unequivocally to a rotten defence.

How on earth does Liam Fontaine continually get selected for the first team! I mean he's a nice guy by all accounts but imo he's the cause of so much confusion in our defence.  Keeping Keith Watson on the bench seems crazy too.

 

(odds on a Fontaine star show today, after saying this, well we're due one anyway)

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4 points off the bottom, I'm feeling very pessimistic. S&F have gotta sort this fucking defence out, this has been pish for too long now! 

 

A relegated team generally is unable to redress their defensive problems. Even in a close league, you can tell a relegated team apart quite easily. St Johnstone look completely shambolic in defence, but I have more faith in Wright being able to fix it than County’s pair.

 

I assume our medical staff have messed up on Draper again.

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2 minutes ago, Savage Henry said:

St Johnstone look completely shambolic in defence, but I have more faith in Wright being able to fix it than County’s pair.

Worth mentioning we've been like this for 11 months now, and we're getting worse if anything.

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County have seemingly been shite for ages, but the fact they were still picking up draws has either papered over the cracks or been a sign of 'character' or summit.

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The number times there was glaring gap in central defensive was worrying.

 

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the defence isn't helped by our midfield being completely powderpuff and disjointed at times either.

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16 hours ago, Savage Henry said:

I assume our medical staff have messed up on Draper again.

Draper was horrendous against Hamilton. I reckon he can only play as part of a midfield three at this level now. Which would be fine, but seemingly none of our forwards can play as a lone striker. The trade-off appears to be between a midfield three and one striker, versus two strikers and a midfield two.

A couple of positives from yesterday:

  • Sean Kelly is absolutely fine and ideally both Foster and Kelly would be the full-backs
  • Lee Erwin (Leigh Irwin) showed glimpses of being a very useful player once he's fully fit

 

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Very similar to what livi did when promoted, they kept a largely unchanged team and rode the momentum first few months then dropped off. County are no different.

Fontaine is finished, a nice guy but even at championship level he wasn’t convincing. We praise Watson and Morris as our CBs but in honesty they are made to look better than they are because of Fonts. I’d want 2 new CBs in Jan ideally. (Grivo has the potential to be a quality starter every week)

Foster has been our best signing yet Kelly is picked over him?? Kelly wasn’t bad yesterday but hibs and Hamilton away showed that foster is our best full back by a mile. Fraser was actually good yesterday too.

Spence for me offers little than side ways passes. Against top 4 teams when he has to work hard off the call he’s good but against teams like st Mirren Hamilton etc we need more cutting edge and creativity in there, Chalmers should be ahead imo.

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Celtic, Hibs and Kilmarnock in the next three games. If results go against us we could be second bottom.

Think there may need to be some serious investment in the side in January.

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County struggling in the first half of the season? Serious investment required in January?

"The Ross County Way"

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County struggling in the first half of the season? Serious investment required in January?

"The Ross County Way"


In fairness, it’s almost exactly the same squad as last season.

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