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Danny Handling in SPFL Team of the Week - pleased for him. A few more performances like that and he could be worth his weight in gold.

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It's increasingly becoming a case of if we win all our remaining knock out games we will be fine.

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Anyone know what the matter was with Mango last night? Aidan Wilson did ok after a really shaky start, but I'd prefer to have us at full strength for this weekend.

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Anyone know what the matter was with Mango last night? Aidan Wilson did ok after a really shaky start, but I'd prefer to have us at full strength for this weekend.


I wasn't convinced with the lad Wilson last night. He has a tendancy to let the ball bounce which was leading to a few hairy moments. The opposite of Barr who would fly through a brick wall head first to get a head on the ball. He is young though and should provide decent backup when required.

I'm also not convinced with Dick. I feel positionally he's starting to look poor and he's very cheap in possession. Very much a downgrade on McLaughlin IMO.

Russell is another who isn't impressing me. I'm not really sure what he's offering us at the minute, he seems to have lost his pace and isn't contributing a great deal. Perhaps he's not fit.

Nisbet is another one I'm not convinced with. I'd rather Nade playing over him, even if his career is winding down.

To counteract the negativity I was impressed with the lad Burt last night. His final ball let him down at times but he looks an upgrade on Roy and Gallagher. Stirling also looked sharp which was good to see. I also think we look twice the team when Stewart plays, even when he's having a quiet game by his standards his clever runs create space for others.

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43 minutes ago, Sonsteam of 08 said:

Anyone know what the matter was with Mango last night? Aidan Wilson did ok after a really shaky start, but I'd prefer to have us at full strength for this weekend.

Funnily enough when watching the TNS highlights I noticed Mango taking a sore one in the last few seconds. In a way it was wonderful to watch, he was on the ground for about 10 seconds clearly in a bit of pain, Dowie offered him a hand and he got up then turned around and screamed at Hutton and Davie Smith to get the f**k up the park :lol: But I did wonder if he was just being left out to give him time to recover from TNS, he was throwing his body everywhere and the fact he wasn't mentioned as injured in the preview sort of supports that view I think.

1 minute ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

To counteract the negativity I was impressed with the lad Burt last night. His final ball let him down at times but he looks an upgrade on Roy and Gallagher. Stirling also looked sharp which was good to see. I also think we look twice the team when Stewart plays, even when he's having a quiet game by his standards his clever runs create space for others.

 

Stewart's movement made Handling's goal against TNS, IMO. One simple run dragged two defenders the opposite direction and gave Handling the space to shoot. He's easily the best striker we've got and if we can keep him fit to the end of the season I'm confident our form will improve.

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12 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

I wasn't convinced with the lad Wilson last night. He has a tendancy to let the ball bounce which was leading to a few hairy moments. The opposite of Barr who would fly through a brick wall head first to get a head on the ball. He is young though and should provide decent backup when required.

I'm also not convinced with Dick. I feel positionally he's starting to look poor and he's very cheap in possession. Very much a downgrade on McLaughlin IMO.

Russell is another who isn't impressing me. I'm not really sure what he's offering us at the minute, he seems to have lost his pace and isn't contributing a great deal. Perhaps he's not fit.

Nisbet is another one I'm not convinced with. I'd rather Nade playing over him, even if his career is winding down.

To counteract the negativity I was impressed with the lad Burt last night. His final ball let him down at times but he looks an upgrade on Roy and Gallagher. Stirling also looked sharp which was good to see. I also think we look twice the team when Stewart plays, even when he's having a quiet game by his standards his clever runs create space for others.

 

Aye, I'd agree with all of that. Wilson was really hesitant at first, but he seemed to settle a bit more as the game went on. I did expect him to be a wee bit better on the ball than he was though, but I'll out that down to inexperience. Mango's uncompromising in the air, so I suppose he was always going to be a bit different.

Dick is to Boomer what Davie Smith is to Wardrop. He's alright, but we're definitely not as good with him in the team as we are with the first choice. His pace gets him out of a few issues, and he's alright in the air, but he offers next to nothing going forward.

I love Beany, but I'd agree. It'll obviously take him a bit of time to get up to sharpness, but last night (for the most part) he was just half a second slow. Nisbet is pretty much what I expected. Very meh.

If we can keep the front four of Burt (who, final ball aside, actually looked confident running at people, and has an eye for a pass), Froxy (:wub:), Stirling (tremendous last night, even if he was struggling a wee bit for fitness by the end) and Stewart (beginning to look like our most important player given the difference when he's not on the park) along with Walsh when he's back, fit, then I think we should be quite nice to watch going forward. Given I'm resigned to ninth now, playing some entertaining stuff would be a nice wee boost.

15 minutes ago, The Moonster said:

Funnily enough when watching the TNS highlights I noticed Mango taking a sore one in the last few seconds. In a way it was wonderful to watch, he was on the ground for about 10 seconds clearly in a bit of pain, Dowie offered him a hand and he got up then turned around and screamed at Hutton and Davie Smith to get the f**k up the park :lol: But I did wonder if he was just being left out to give him time to recover from TNS, he was throwing his body everywhere and the fact he wasn't mentioned as injured in the preview sort of supports that view I think.

Stewart's movement made Handling's goal against TNS, IMO. One simple run dragged two defenders the opposite direction and gave Handling the space to shoot. He's easily the best striker we've got and if we can keep him fit to the end of the season I'm confident our form will improve.

I did wonder if that might've been it. Although two games in a short space of time (including one on Astro) probably doesn't suit him. He was colossal at the weekend though. 

The difference when Stewart came on against TNS (certainly on the tele) and when he went off last night was incredible. 

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3 minutes ago, Sonsteam of 08 said:

Nisbet is pretty much what I expected. Very meh.

He very much reminds me of Morrison - quite big but doesn't win much in the air, not all that quick and doesn't make many runs like Stewart does. No real defining features to his gane

Infact I'd actually go as far as saying Morrison offered us more in the sense that he would put himself about and try to close down defenders high up the park. Nisbet is just kind of there, not doing much, or not running much.

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2 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

He very much reminds me of Morrison - quite big but doesn't win much in the air, not all that quick and doesn't make many runs like Stewart does. No real defining features to his gane

Infact I'd actually go as far as saying Morrison offered us more in the sense that he would put himself about and try to close down defenders high up the park. Nisbet is just kind of there, not doing much, or not running much.

I think he's meant to be a targetman - which is more than I saw with Morrison. He's a big unit, and I can imagine he quite easily bullies U20s centre-backs, however when it comes to playing against guys like Ricki Lamie and Tam O'Ware he's just not able to deal with how physical it is. In saying that we could maybe do with getting to the ball to his feet a bit more, as he looked more dangerous running with it at Livi than he did with his back to goal.

Both players act as a perfect example of why the U20s league doesn't work as well as a reserve league though.

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3 hours ago, Sonsteam of 08 said:

I think he's meant to be a targetman - which is more than I saw with Morrison. He's a big unit, and I can imagine he quite easily bullies U20s centre-backs, however when it comes to playing against guys like Ricki Lamie and Tam O'Ware he's just not able to deal with how physical it is. In saying that we could maybe do with getting to the ball to his feet a bit more, as he looked more dangerous running with it at Livi than he did with his back to goal.

Both players act as a perfect example of why the U20s league doesn't work as well as a reserve league though.

I felt the ballboys @ Livi looked more dangerous wi the ball than Nisbet.

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2 hours ago, cameron2000 said:

Not sure what the negativity is with Nisbet. I’ve been quite impressed with him tbh and his link up play is streets ahead of Morrison’s.

It's all about opinions Cameron, for instance Liam Dick is not a better player than Davie Smith.

I hope Nisbet proves me wrong v Falkirk, if selected this Saturday, & leaps like a salmon to bullet a header into the net, though up til now he appears to be wearing lead-filled boots.

 

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I thought Froxy was incredible last night. Bad miss apart, that was the most confident and skillful I've seen him. His first touch is nuts.

I thought Stirling done ok, but at times tried too hard and was played too centrally for my liking, at times in the second half we had hardly any width going forward.

First 15 was great and should have given us something to defend, but heyho.

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Announced via email from SonsTrust that ALL Supporters Buses going to the Challenge Cup Final will leave the DFC Stadium @ 1pm. £8 for Trust members, £10 non member. The Bar in the Community Suite will be open from 11 a.m.

Spread the word, Sons.

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13 minutes ago, Silverton End said:

Announced via email from SonsTrust that ALL Supporters Buses going to the Challenge Cup Final will leave the DFC Stadium @ 1pm. £8 for Trust members, £10 non member. The Bar in the Community Suite will be open from 11 a.m.

Spread the word, Sons.

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