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Crawford's game management second half was terrible yesterday.

Wighton off for McManus was daft. Wighton is our main threat. Instead of being subbed, he should have been pushed forward more. It was noticeable how often he was dropping deep and how often he was out wide. At 70 minutes, when we were already losing, he should have told to stay further forward and we should have been looking to try and get more crosses in. Instead we bring on McManus, whose partnership with O'Hara has never worked, and who likewise was too deep, which is hardly surprising given where he has been played in recent weeks.

Banks on for Mayo unbalanced the midfield and showed that Crawford didn't learn from the last time at Starks when Henderson looked absolutely lost when in central midfield.

Fraser for Euan Murray I can see what he was going for given how late on it was and that we needed a goal, but Whittaker going back to cover in defence was cruelly exposed for their second. It also gave us 3 of the midfield who were so hopeless as a unit in the 5-1 defeat (Banks, Henderson and Murray), both defensively and in attack, so I don't know why he thought that was an answer.

 

Anyway, the only loan player I would keep (if there was an option to do so next season) is indeed the only one who will shortly officially be our player anyway. Fraser Murray showed some promise in a few games but in too many others did very little. Mayo is decent cover in defense but simply isn't a midfielder (and I can see him back in midfield next season if Crawford stays), but we have decent options in defence now. McInroy had about 3 good games. Banks likewise. Henderson the same. 

On another topic, presumably Wilson is still injured?

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You knew right away with those changes that it was going to go tits up. Wighton is our main threat and time and time again he is hooking him and then O’Hara ends up playing a position he isn’t good at.

The board seriously have to listen to the fans and not bottle it and take the easy option. Genuinely can’t see them doing it though.

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I believe it is a rolling yearly contract so there will be no termination cost.

They’ll bottle it and give him another year a la AJ in 2018.


Obviously I’m no expert on your board but I’d be surprised if they renewed his contract then. 4th place isn’t the worst finish on paper with Hearts and Dundee in the League but the away form will surely not have gone unnoticed along with the poor cup runs.

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He’ll be given another year to f*ck things up again. Kevin Nisbet was the difference between bottom two and mid-table last season. This season we have benefited massively from having more home games than away as the away form would surely see us finish between 6-8th in a normal season.

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Even a couple more away wins and it's not such a bad season results wise in normal league time. That didn't happen though, so cheerio Stevie. Thanks but not good enough.

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1 minute ago, Stellaboz said:

Even a couple more away wins and it's not such a bad season results wise in normal league time.

I think part of the frustration is we can’t even point to any games away from home where we’ve been unlucky,   No dodgy referee calls or where the opposition Keeper has had the game if his life. Maybe Gordon at tynecastle, but that’s normal from him.   We so rarely dictate ourselves on the opponent. 

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1 hour ago, DAFC. said:

He’ll be given another year to f*ck things up again. Kevin Nisbet was the difference between bottom two and mid-table last season. This season we have benefited massively from having more home games than away as the away form would surely see us finish between 6-8th in a normal season.

It was only 1 more home game than away.

But aye, I think a regular length season would have seen us comfortably out of the playoffs. Next season will be regular length, which is yet another reason Crawford cannot be in charge.

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6 hours ago, DAFC. said:

I believe it is a rolling yearly contract so there will be no termination cost.
 

 

Think that means he's constantly got 12 months on his contract.

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9 minutes ago, DA Baracus said:

It was only 1 more home game than away.

But aye, I think a regular length season would have seen us comfortably out of the playoffs. Next season will be regular length, which is yet another reason Crawford cannot be in charge.

We achieve 0.69 points per game away from home,  2.14 at home.    Depending on how the fixtures landed that could easily have fucked us if we had 14 away fixtures.     What would we have got from a 2nd game at gayfield? A draw at best IMO, good chance of a defeat, possibly no play-off 

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6 hours ago, Stellaboz said:

When are we pinching McGlynn?

Pinch him as much as you want but I doubt you'll get any squeak out of him.🤐

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Pinch him as much as you want but I doubt you'll get any squeak out of him.


I think he is genuinely the most pale man I have ever seen. Just thought I’d get that out there.

Anyway, it’s got to be Petrie. A quite remarkable job he has done at Montrose, which could still get better, and is obviously a club legend.

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I think he is genuinely the most pale man I have ever seen. Just thought I’d get that out there.

Anyway, it’s got to be Petrie. A quite remarkable job he has done at Montrose, which could still get better, and is obviously a club legend.
Is Crawford's club legend status tarnished by his completely meh managerial stint?

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2 minutes ago, Brashy's Boots said:
22 minutes ago, DAFC. said:


I think he is genuinely the most pale man I have ever seen. Just thought I’d get that out there.

Anyway, it’s got to be Petrie. A quite remarkable job he has done at Montrose, which could still get better, and is obviously a club legend.

Is Crawford's club legend status tarnished by his completely meh managerial stint?

Was Gordon Dalziel's for us? Of course not. 

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1 hour ago, parsforlife said:

We achieve 0.69 points per game away from home,  2.14 at home.    Depending on how the fixtures landed that could easily have fucked us if we had 14 away fixtures.     What would we have got from a 2nd game at gayfield? A draw at best IMO, good chance of a defeat, possibly no play-off 

It’s not even a 2 point swing and 2 points less would still have seen you in fourth

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8 minutes ago, Brashy's Boots said:
27 minutes ago, DAFC. said:


I think he is genuinely the most pale man I have ever seen. Just thought I’d get that out there.

Anyway, it’s got to be Petrie. A quite remarkable job he has done at Montrose, which could still get better, and is obviously a club legend.

Is Crawford's club legend status tarnished by his completely meh managerial stint?

No. But it's certainly not doing him any favours. Failure after failure. The board have only got one decision right since the fans saved the club and that was getting AJ to win the seaside league. Every big decision when it comes to management since then they have made an arse of it. 

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13 minutes ago, ribzanelli said:

It’s not even a 2 point swing and 2 points less would still have seen you in fourth

On an average, but had it been the Arbroath games switched it would have changed from 2 narrow home wins(which include a last minute winner and scrambling goal line clearances for the last 10 minutes in the other game) we could have lost the 3 points and goals to take us outside the playoffs.

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37 minutes ago, Brashy's Boots said:
56 minutes ago, DAFC. said:


I think he is genuinely the most pale man I have ever seen. Just thought I’d get that out there.

Anyway, it’s got to be Petrie. A quite remarkable job he has done at Montrose, which could still get better, and is obviously a club legend.

Is Crawford's club legend status tarnished by his completely meh managerial stint?

I don't know, but it's not doing his status as a Rovers legend any harm that's for sure. 

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From what I’ve seen of Dunfermline your main issues are putting the ball in the net and your goal keeper keeping the ball out, Ohara ,Wighton and McManus are hardly prolific with the latter two being totally mince when they played for us the stats speak for themselves. Will Ewan Murray be leaving what’s your thoughts

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