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10 hours ago, Mon_The_Fife said:

I’ve grown to really resent the players now, and guys like Slattery, K Smith, Dunsmore and Davidson have tainted their reputation and will now be known as part of that awful squad that got us relegated in January.

Why are you including Davidson in this?

He has been injured, or carrying a injury all season and I think he was one of the players we needed fit and playing if we were to have any chance of staying up this season.  For the record the others players that I think we really needed 30+ games from were Wallace, Murdoch and Swanson.

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16 hours ago, Mon_The_Fife said:

it isn’t Young that’s the problem.

While some fans were expelling all their energy to get DY out of the door the players making all the mistakes and costing the team games were going under the radar. The manager doesn't stand at the side of the pitch with a joypad controlling the players every movement. Once they are over the white line they need to take responsibility for their own actions. I can't think of many examples of a goal conceded and I've thought "yip, that was the managers fault". However, I could show you plenty of examples of players doing things where you'd ask "what the f**k are you doing?" Obviously that's a massive tease, so I'll give one one recent example. Go and have a look at Liam Watt before Cove Rangers free-kick goal (watch Coves highlights, not EFTV) and ask yourself "what the f**k was he doing?" (Apologies to Liam, as I could pretty much pick out any player and players with multiple examples, but his is the one that sticks in my mind just now). 

Also, Stevie Frail couldn't get a tune out of this lot in what has to be one of the worst results in the clubs history, and Stevie Crawford hasn't managed to get a tune out of them either. 

13 hours ago, Gordon EF said:

Realistically, the squad will need gutted for next season in L2. Crawford's job form now until the ned of the season has basically been reduced to figuring out which players are worth keeping and where we need to strengthen for next season.

See my previous list of player already signed for next season. 

7 hours ago, Gordon EF said:

Is there a reason Jude Smith is sitting on the bench? He's a much better keeper than Gallacher.

This was always going to happen with a new manager. They come in and have to try work things out for themselves. I'd imagine that the players have all started with a clean slate we will just have to wait and see how long it will take to work out what many already know. Either that or Smith actually has had COVID symptoms and isn't 100% yet. Regardless, I've said it before, this is the first position I would have strengthened when SC came in.

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Think it’s correct to say that such a disaster has more than one cause but the players have to take the major responsibility for this mess.

This is an experienced team who should be doing a lot better.Everybody and their dog knew this would be a difficult season but no way should we have been cut off like this.

Frankly. Stevie Crawford is blameless in this.The rest of the season should be used to prepare for division 2 so we don’t do a Brechin.
 

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Agreed. We are truly done. Frightening how far we have dropped in quality in such a short space of time. It was only yesterday we were being frustrated at losing out on the play- offs. .
No one party to blame- a collective disaster from the top to bottom of the club. Feel sorry for all the voluntary workers at the club and fans.
 
Our shareholder structure/ base makes any change and investment going forward unlikely. Those clubs ( some new) with no such  challenges are the ones that are and will be successful , like Kelty, Cove Rangers, Peterhead and Queens Park.,  
Worrying times, look what happened to Brechin, what might happen at Cowdenbeath. We would be naive not to think this doom can fall on us

Your right about the shareholder structure.
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Looks like we have just raised the white flag and are happy to accept relegation. If the board and management were serious about avoiding the drop they would be pulling out all the stops to bring in new players. 15 games to go can’t say I’m looking forward to many of them. Hopefully been working on how to win a 2nd ball and how to put your opponent under pressure.We need 7 points out next 3 home games anything less and it’s curtains. Talk is cheap let’s see if the players can deliver the same performance they managed when they put 4 past Cove Rangers. We need the players to come of the park tomorrow knowing that their individual error hasn’t sold the jerseys. No regrets just blood and snotters and full commitment. 

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Looks like we have just raised the white flag and are happy to accept relegation. If the board and management were serious about avoiding the drop they would be pulling out all the stops to bring in new players. 15 games to go can’t say I’m looking forward to many of them. Hopefully been working on how to win a 2nd ball and how to put your opponent under pressure.We need 7 points out next 3 home games anything less and it’s curtains. Talk is cheap let’s see if the players can deliver the same performance they managed when they put 4 past Cove Rangers. We need the players to come of the park tomorrow knowing that their individual error hasn’t sold the jerseys. No regrets just blood and snotters and full commitment. 


I admire your optimism but it’s already curtains. The rest of the season is a write off apart from hopefully giving some of the young guys some game time.

Dowds will have a field day against our shit show of a defence. Falkirk are still sitting around 10/11 to win. That’s free money, get on it.
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20 hours ago, fifer67 said:

Hopefully been working on how to win a 2nd ball and how to put your opponent under pressure.

Or more logically, you could change your style of play to reduce the number of areal duals you create in the first place. After all that's what most of the other teams in this league have done. 

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Despite the result, I thought the performance at the weekend was a massive improvement from recent weeks. It does still feel like a missed opportunity to pick up a point or 3 as I thought we handled Falkirk quite easily until the sending off. 

If we can cut out those stupid mistakes and keep up that hunger and desire for the rest of the season, and hope that results elsewhere go in our favour, there's still a chance (albeit VERY slim) that we can climb off the bottom spot.

As it stands, it would be devastating for the club to miss out on League 1 next season with potential 'moneyspinner' Fife derbies between Kelty/Dunfermline. 

Does anyone know if the coaches are actively pursuing bringing in new players or are they just focussing on bringing the best out of the players that we've got? One of the major issues seems to be sticking with a strongest starting XI. They need to find that sooner rather than later because the constant rotation of the squad week-in week-out clearly isn't doing us any favours. 

 

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A decent performance, albiet without picking anything up pointswise does nothing to help our current prediciment. If we take 6 points form our next 2 games, I might believe we can stay up, but with our record this season in '6-pointers' (Clyde twice & Dumbarton 2 weeks ago) sadly, I don't hold much hope. I know Crawford won't want to concede until it's impossible, but I think we really should be looking at the squad with regards to next season & seeing what some of the youngsters have got. Paul Watson & Rico Quitongo were 2 players that I thought we'd have a chance of bringing in if we're serious about fighting this year.

Maybe it's right we keep our powder dry for a shot at the league 2 title next season, with both Stirling & Annan getting money-spinning Rangers ties to swell thier coffers we might need all the budget we can get.

For what it's worth I can see Dunfermline escaping, just, & I don't regard Kelty as a derby, certainly not in the, 'moneyspinner' category anyway. Still, I'll be at Bayview on Saturday, optimistic we can still pull it off. 

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I don’t get where people are getting their optimism from. We have not won a game since October, including getting papped out the Scottish Cup by a team 3 tiers below, haven’t scored a goal in 4 games, haven’t won away from home since February last year. I could go on and on.

The fact we didn’t go all out to strengthen the squad before the Dumbarton game I think goes to show that we were settling for relegation and the money we should have spent in the summer should now be available (and more) to Crawford this summer.

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If we had done this at the start of January then I can see the rationale but I don’t really see the point in bringing in loan players now and giving them game time when we are already going down. I would much rather give our own youngsters valuable playing experience in preparation for next season.

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