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1 hour ago, darry111 said:

Remember Robbie inherited a very strong squad at ICT through Butchers scouting network.

No he didn't.  

1 hour ago, darry111 said:

ICT played better football by far under Yogi (joy to watch).

:lol:  

Some of our football under eyes was eye bleedingly bad to watch.

1 hour ago, darry111 said:

You should also research why he stepped away from team manager at ICT.

This, and some of your other comments, sound like a slant on Robertson which seems incredibly harsh given what happened to him off the field. I'd imagine many players and managers would find similar circumstances difficult to deal with.  

1 hour ago, darry111 said:

Dodds is doing a far better job.  You are going for the wrong man at ICT.

Dodds inherited a pretty strong spine of a team from Robertson...

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Yogi won the Scottish Cup in 2015 beating Celtic on the way and would have probably won the League Cup the year before if there was better refereeing (Foran brought down in the box v the sheep shee!!gers) 

 

Genuine good luck to Pars and Robbo but derbies against  Kelty may beckon.

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Yogi won the Scottish Cup in 2015 beating Celtic on the way and would have probably won the League Cup the year before if there was better refereeing (Foran brought down in the box v the sheep shee!!gers) 
 
Genuine good luck to Pars and Robbo but derbies against  Kelty may beckon.

Right but surely Yogi just won it with Butchers squad? The squad that Robertson inherited was one that had finished bottom of the league and was absolutely garbage.
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7 hours ago, Cardle is Magic said:

We really don’t have much time to waste.

You’d think we’re probably gonna need at least 9 or 10 wins to stay up from our remaining 23 matches, which seems a near impossible task at present.

Based upon average seasons, for eighth, 40 points is the standard…for ninth, about 30-33 should do it. Sitting at 7 points, with 23 to go, 7-6-10 likely gets you ninth…for eighth, you need more like 8-9-8. As they say…

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Good of Allan "Biscuits" Preston to come onto P and B to big up his brother in law John "Yogi" Hughes. Makes a change from him trying to sell players he represents when he's on Sportsound.

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10 minutes ago, RiG said:

Good of Allan "Biscuits" Preston to come onto P and B to big up his brother in law John "Yogi" Hughes. Makes a change from him trying to sell players he represents when he's on Sportsound.

Might be worth confirming whether "Yogi" has ever won the Scottish Cup though as I'm not sure if that point's been addressed.

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13 hours ago, darry111 said:

Yogi won the Scottish Cup in 2015 beating Celtic on the way and would have probably won the League Cup the year before if there was better refereeing (Foran brought down in the box v the sheep shee!!gers) 

 

Genuine good luck to Pars and Robbo but derbies against  Kelty may beckon.

He also signed Nat fucking Wedderburn and put him straight into the starting 11 for the Europa League Qualifiers.

That should have been enough to never get another job in football again.

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He also signed Nat fucking Wedderburn and put him straight into the starting 11 for the Europa League Qualifiers.
That should have been enough to never get another job in football again.
Enough of the Nat Wedderburn slander, thanks.
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2 minutes ago, Rob1885 said:
4 minutes ago, PB1994 said:
He also signed Nat fucking Wedderburn and put him straight into the starting 11 for the Europa League Qualifiers.
That should have been enough to never get another job in football again.

Enough of the Nat Wedderburn slander, thanks.

I have nothing against him but he has never been anything more than an average championship player. So to sign him after finishing third and winning the Scottish cup, in case you hadn’t been told that recently, and getting straight into the starting 11 was absolute madness.

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Saturday was strange. First half was ok, I thought. There were spells we looked quite good and you could see what they were trying to do and they did it well. Second half, particularly once we conceded the 2nd, was just awful. We fell apart and Morton deserved their win.

If that had been the first game of the season, under a new manager, I might not have been so negative based on the flashes of good play that we had. However, we’re desperate for a win and never looked like winning that game. The interim managers should have prioritised winning and set the players up for a battle, not trying to play pretty football and hoping for a result. 13th game of the season and we have no identity.

We have so many individuals that are good enough, but I don’t see any kind of system that would work as a team. Breen looked alright and should keep that position. He looked fairly good defensively and should get better as he plays more. But our defenders are not suited to playing it out from the back. We seemed to have a plan in place for certain runs to be made to free up certain players (both full backs, Todd and Dow) but the defenders still couldn’t spot any of these runs or any teammates in space. It was quite concerning. Connolly was dreadful, but I can’t see Vytas being better at that sort of thing. Allan and Todd looked ok, but if they don’t have defenders that can play it out from the back, they’re not really a partnership that will cope at this level. I thought it was the first time Todd looked like a fairly decent midfielder at this level. He deserved his goal.

A lot of things broke down once we got it to Dow/Thomas/Kennedy. Dow was awful, he just isn’t the player he was pre-injury. But we have zero cover/replacements for anyone in those roles, if we stick with the 4-2-3-1. Thomas and Kennedy looked lively, but kept choosing the wrong options (trying to beat 1 man too many, shooting rather than passing, passing to a man surrounded by defenders, rather than a man in space).

O’Hara was too static and we’d be better with someone who could come deep to help out and/or create space for Dow/Kennedy/Thomas to make that run in behind. Wighton seems off the pace though and Todorov just doesn’t fit into this team at all. Our goal came from the defenders being drawn to O’Hara and out of the centre of the box and Todd running into that space. But we didn’t see movement like that often enough. That’s not just coaching. Players in attacking roles should see that kind of space and make these runs without needing to be told. Likewise, O’Hara should notice that both CBs are following him and make runs into the channel or come deep more often, creating space in the box. Then he has to trust his teammates to make those runs.

Early in the season I’d probably be saying “they can work on that in training and it’ll get better”, but these guys have been given the task of trying to get a win/wins now, before a new manager is appointed. Wasting time trying to play pretty football and setting up a system/style that can take weeks to get right is not what’s required now. Setting up a team to win is all that matters now.

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