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The result I can fully accept, the performance I certainly cannot, and please don't anyone go down the 'pre-season', 'early days' patter, the Binos were streets ahead and fully deserved their win.

They came back looking as if they stayed professional during the break we came back towing caravans wyllde was struggling to get up and down park putting centre back under pressure defensive player all carrying an extra tyre
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Really poor from us today. Doesn’t bode well for the season ahead. I’ll just echo what others have said re lack of game plan and some bizarre tactics. Constant long hopeful balls a strong Stirling team would’ve dealt with all day long.

Pleased with Long who looks the competent goalkeeper we’ve been missing for a few seasons. David Wilson far from impressive.

I’d be interested in the reasoning behind pulling the pitch in. At least 3-yards on both sides makes the pitch considerably tighter and imo doesn’t set us up for a season of free flowing attacking football.

 

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Didn’t he claim when the draw was made he’d be taking it very seriously and not as friendlies to experiment? Worrying.

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10 minutes ago, pleslie99 said:

Wasn't at the game but things sound as concerning as they did last season.  Positive sounds around Brett Long but suppose we all knew that anyway when he was signed. How long until he realises he can't bail out every single mistake in front of him though!

Carswell being atrocious and anonymous......get him out, he's as much part of the problem as Farrell, as iv said before he's stunk the place out for too long! Surely a moneybags team in the LL or WOS would take him off our hands.

Hopefully Farrell was using it as an experiment today and has realised square pegs in round holes don't work, but then again he had all of last season to realise that didn't work! 

Agree about Carswell.  The club has been taking a step back every year since he came in.

Sounds like he isn't arsed about performances just enjoys the patter in dressing rooms (maybe just one ex players opinion though)

Anyway I hope we can move him on and free up some decent cash no doubt.  Even if it means just having to loan in a couple to get by this season.

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40 minutes ago, kenrobell said:


Which makes me scratch my head on why the pitch was made smaller

He's maybe given up on his wide-expansive style of play which thrilled us last season.

 

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Very familiar problems today.

We started the game really quite well. We were getting some joy out wide and putting a few decent balls across the face of the box that nobody was able to get on the end of. Div Wilson should have at least got a shot on target when he was clear through on goal. Might have been offside, but at least get the shot away and let the linseman make the decision. Instead he looking about as composed as bambi on ice. At the other end of the park we saw Long make a couple of very good saves, as well as the cross bar doing us a big favour.  The longer the first half went on then the more Stirling Albion were starting to assert themselves on the game and the break probably came at the right time for us.

2nd half was woeful.

I said at half time that I wanted McKee off. His passing was ok, but he was increasingly failing to close people down and stop them and Stirling were finding some joy playing through us. Their opener came from McKee chasing a Stirling player's shadow as he ran past him with ease. Good cross and very good target man play from Robert Thomson. I thought Thomson was the man of the match today. Led the line brilliantly, was always a goal threat and was always comfortable with the ball at his feet. He showed us exactly the kind of player we don't have. Div didn't look any more composed moving more centrally and he genuinely looks like a baby animal who has just learned to walk that morning. Carswell was hopeless in the 2nd half. Struggled to break things up and we looked very easy to play through from Stirling's defence forward - 2nd goal was just far too easy for them to play through us. I thought McKee was hopeless all game. Far too much interest in falling down or arguing with the ref. I felt sorry for Wallace and Byrne as the service forward for about 2/3 of the game was pretty hopeless. Neither Wilson nor Orsi were able to get involved in anything meaningful when they came on, but I thought young Gray looked bright for his brief cameo - certainly no worse than the experienced players we'd watched for most of the afternoon.

A few players missing today. Not sure that any of them would toughen up that midfield and make us harder to play against. Possibly Love out wide would give Byrne and Wallace the chance to play closer together? Wallace had to go looking for the ball a fair bit because of the lack of service. We've got 3 weeks to find a formation that's far harder to play through and one that doesnt leave our centre forward isolated. If we don't then 08/10/22 may well be the day that the board have no alternative but to deal with the Farrell issue.

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I have to agree with most of the posters here. That was a shambolic showing today. Stirling were streets ahead of us and the result flattered us.
Yet again though I end up scratching my head over SF's game plan.
We have players who , as Ryan McGeever said in commentary, are comfortable on the ball - McKee, the two Wilsons, Blair ( when he returns) and Wallace. Yet these players constantly watched the ball fly over their heads time and again.
But why? We don't have a great deal of height up front nor players whose natural game is to hold the ball up as they wait for the midfield to support.
In contrast Stirling were strong in their midfield teamwork and controlled the match with ease.
Positives? Long and Lynas look decent acquisitions. Wallace, I know is a good footballer. As always, I don't think there's any lack of commitment from the team but they really, really need some proper direction. Again McGeever reckoned we needed someone to put a foot on the ball and play others in. If he can see it.......
We have to be better than this.
And we play Stirling again at home in three weeks. Not like this, Stevie

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38 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

I do find it slightly amusing that you get some folk appearing on here with a raging hardon everytime we get beat but you hear very little from them otherwise. Calm doon before you pop one of your dick veins.

 

I don't think it was the defeat, more the manner of it - this wasn't just a bad day at the office, were well beaten.  And as long as it's not abusive folk are entitled to an opinion.

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I thought we were dominated in nearly every position today.  It looked like a team of street wise experienced guys against some newbies and that shouldn't be the case when you look at our squad.

McKee seemed to be playing holding midfield which didnt suit how busy the midfield was or offer the defence much protection.  However, he's been out for a while and is a few weeks behind the rest of them in terms of fitness.  

Wallace looked decent but was often asked to try and win a crappy long ball against a centre back.

I dont normally go to these preseason cup games, they're not really anything other than exercises in improving fitness and teamwork.

Two positives; Lynas looks like he'll make tackles all day and Long looked decent.

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McNiff was fucking stinking. He was all over the place. 3 yards off it at times and bullied too. 
 

the fact he was covering for Greg Wylde potentially didn’t help him any but he was still rank 

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I didn’t see the game today, but having seen Wylde last season being a left sided centre back with Wylde to my left would give me the absolute fear. Wylde is the classic loves going forward, doesn’t track back at all “full back”.

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3 hours ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

Central midfield is a huge issue. David Wilson is having an absolute horror show out there and Stuart Carswell has been terrible. They either lose possession instantly or the opposition just ghost past them like they aren’t there. 

Wilson was very erratic in his time at Stirling. Possession broke down with him giving the ball away cheaply far too many times. He was by no means the only culprit for that at the time to be fair to him. He was dangerous with free kicks but otherwise an empty jersey too often. 

I have no idea if that's how he was today, but I was never impressed by him and not sorry to see him move on.

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12 minutes ago, GordyBrow said:

I didn’t see the game today, but having seen Wylde last season being a left sided centre back with Wylde to my left would give me the absolute fear. Wylde is the classic loves going forward, doesn’t track back at all “full back”.

Wylde wasnt bad today. Cut out a few passes before Stirling players could get into space.

 

McNiff played himself into trouble plenty of times by misjudging a pass or the bounce of the ball.

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2 minutes ago, BallochSonsFan said:

Wylde wasnt bad today. Cut out a few passes before Stirling players could get into space.

 

McNiff played himself into trouble plenty of times by misjudging a pass or the bounce of the ball.

Wylde looks a player lacking confidence. He gets the ball, kicks it too far ahead of him, chases after it, then with space in front of him he checks back and makes a backwards pass. All the signs of a player who used to have "it" but is now scared to make a mistake. Which would explain his career trajectory.

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Positives - Brett Long looks good. Pitch looks good. The weather was nice.

negatives - The management team showing they were tactically enept, different square same shit. Though McNiff looked well off it. God only know why we have shortened the pitch.

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21 minutes ago, Sweet Pete said:

Wylde looks a player lacking confidence. He gets the ball, kicks it too far ahead of him, chases after it, then with space in front of him he checks back and makes a backwards pass. All the signs of a player who used to have "it" but is now scared to make a mistake. Which would explain his career trajectory.

He gets no protection from McLean. I'd be worried if that was who was supposed  to be helping me defend that wing.

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