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4 minutes ago, AMMjag said:

We haven't had a proper start-from-scratch job since McCall first took the job about 15 years ago and (I think) only had Jimmy Gibson signed up for his first season - I'd like to see us start from similar come the end of May regardless of what division we're in, with Sena looking like our only asset worth holding on to. 

For all that Gary Caldwell is a stonkingly shite football manager, I appreciated:

1.) His decision to actively torture the squad shortly after taking the job.

2.) His emotional disconnect from the club and the players, and will to actually get underperforming or past-it players out the door. 

 

McNamara cleared out a fair bit of dead wood and stuck with players that were  capable of being competitive.

He then added or promoted young hungry players that hadn't gained much experience elsewhere such as SOD, ATS, Lawless, Muirhead, Balatoni and Welsh.

Sena and Brownlie have been solid. Bannigan has been pretty consistent. Docherty not quite the Lothar Matthäus McCall was hyping up but good enough at this level.

Main problem is the dearth of creativity and exciting forward play. Declan Glass seems to have been our creative attacking force but sadly we'll probably never see him in a Thistle shirt.

Not seen anything much from Cardle, Graham, Gordon, Murray and Lyons to suggest our goals for column is a statistical anomaly.

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HELP!

It's been pretty exciting to find first-time photos of several old Jagsmen lately, including Thomas Dunsmore (1914), Alex Davidson (1912), John Stevenson (1912), Hugh Quigley (1912) and James Niven (1910s).  Well over 1,000 done, several hundred still to go.

Could you help with any of our missing player images?

We never really stop adding bits n bobs, but don't always mention it, perhaps we should and stir the interest a bit more. Recently, dates of birth and previously unknown club connections were added for Rajiv Pathak and Adam McCall. Again, we now have well over 1,000 dates/places of birth in our database, but still we search for several hundred more, including ELEVEN of the current squad.

Do you know where or when was he born?

Any help appreciated and gets you a mention in our credits section, get in contact →

 

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The worrying reality is that in the space of a few years we've went from a half decent Prem team to mid table in League One and the players we have reflect that.

Fact is that if it hadnt been for Queens Part going FT, we would have claim to be the worst fully FT team in the country.

On paper it looks okay, but I think a lot of players are living on past reputation. Bannigan, Foster, Cardle, Rudden, OWare and several others have shown nothing recently to suggest they are anything other than decent League One players.

We are miles short.

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18 minutes ago, Jacky1990 said:

The worrying reality is that in the space of a few years we've went from a half decent Prem team to mid table in League One and the players we have reflect that.

Fact is that if it hadnt been for Queens Part going FT, we would have claim to be the worst fully FT team in the country.

On paper it looks okay, but I think a lot of players are living on past reputation. Bannigan, Foster, Cardle, Rudden, OWare and several others have shown nothing recently to suggest they are anything other than decent League One players.

We are miles short.

When you look at the experience in our squad coupled with the "best young talent", it's disgusting where we find ourselves this season. Shameful actually.

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1 hour ago, Jacky1990 said:

 Bannigan, Foster, Cardle, Rudden, OWare and several others have shown nothing recently to suggest they are anything other than decent League One players.

Harsh on Bannigan and possibly Foster, who’ve been solid recently, Rudden, could always still improve, O’Ware is completely out the picture, and not worth mentioning until he’s actually played in League One, Cardle is the same as last season, far too inconsistent and frustrating. 

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7 minutes ago, JagsCG said:

Harsh on Bannigan and possibly Foster, who’ve been solid recently, Rudden, could always still improve, O’Ware is completely out the picture, and not worth mentioning until he’s actually played in League One, Cardle is the same as last season, far too inconsistent and frustrating. 

We need better than solid if we are to get promoted. Simply being solid isnt good enough.

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1 hour ago, Jacky1990 said:

We need better than solid if we are to get promoted. Simply being solid isnt good enough.

Whilst you’re not wrong, the original point was still harsh, plenty players have been worse lately than Bannigan and Foster, Foster’s been part of an excellent defensive record so far this season, the problem is in attack, the defensive side of our game is absolutely good enough for a promotion-chasing side. 

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1 hour ago, JagsCG said:

Whilst you’re not wrong, the original point was still harsh, plenty players have been worse lately than Bannigan and Foster, Foster’s been part of an excellent defensive record so far this season, the problem is in attack, the defensive side of our game is absolutely good enough for a promotion-chasing side. 

Our problems are more than in attack. We have no crestivity in midfield. Bannigan, Docherty and Penrice are all defensive players. Maybe not Bannigan, he is just a sideways player( useless).

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Our problems are more than in attack. We have no crestivity in midfield. Bannigan, Docherty and Penrice are all defensive players. Maybe not Bannigan, he is just a sideways player( useless).


We have been making chances, but not taking them.

Just on Saturday we had at least 4 decent chances to score that I can think of - Gordon hit the bar; Rudden hit the post; Penrice missed when clean through and Murray should have scored just before Rudden got sent off.

It has been the same in most other games too
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I think the problem is - and has been for a while - the disconnect between the midfield and forwards. We really, really struggle to create much, so the odd chance we get is going to need us to be absolutely clinical, and we're clearly not.  Back in the before-times when we could still go to Firhill, the big problem was the pedestrian nature of midfield meaning we'd get bogged down and sit at around the 30 yard mark, unable to break down the ranks in front of us.  I haven't watched much of us at all in the pandemic times, but I assume we haven't changed?

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4 minutes ago, endieinreekie said:

Is Lyons getting much of a game? He was excellent last season in linking midfield and attack and at taking chances when he got them. More of a left sided player but if he's not getting a game can we have him back please?

Comes off the bench a fair amount, but he’s not shown much. Willing to take players on, but he never seems to actually get past them.

I’d still give him a chance starting as the rest of our attacking players have been just as ineffective.

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2 minutes ago, endieinreekie said:

Is Lyons getting much of a game? He was excellent last season in linking midfield and attack and at taking chances when he got them. More of a left sided player but if he's not getting a game can we have him back please?

No. Only makes rare sub appearances. McCall has suggested that he has not adjusted to full-time football. It's strange as, Lyons clearly impressed in this league as a part-timer. Perhaps there is more to his lack of game time. He should be given a proper chance like Niang who was also  stuck on the bench but is now a first-choice starter.

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2 hours ago, Bishop Briggs said:

No. Only makes rare sub appearances. McCall has suggested that he has not adjusted to full-time football. It's strange as, Lyons clearly impressed in this league as a part-timer. Perhaps there is more to his lack of game time. He should be given a proper chance like Niang who was also  stuck on the bench but is now a first-choice starter.

I’d just give Lyons a start and see how he does, can’t be any less attacking than the likes of Murray just now. 

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11 hours ago, Highlandmagyar 2nd Tier said:

Our problems are more than in attack. We have no crestivity in midfield. Bannigan, Docherty and Penrice are all defensive players. Maybe not Bannigan, he is just a sideways player( useless).

Well of course we have no creativity in midfield, we play a midfield 2 - of two midfielders who sit and play possession-based football. Bannigan’s been far from the useless cliche lately, but all about opinions. Our major problems are in attack, we’ve created many chances and not scored, and our crossing from wide areas has let us down at other times, that’s the issues. Not Banzo, or Doc, who by the way are just as crucial to the clean sheet record as the back 4, watch the way they defend (apart from last game, where I actually thought Doc had a poor match by his standards). Penrice, isn’t attacking enough for me to play left-mid permanently, he’s done okay filling in, but not a permanent solution, I’d move him back to left-back. 

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Happy New Year.

Didn't realise Spittal was so close to a return until reading Scally's preview and him saying he's been back in full training all week. Worth just chucking him in tomorrow since as things stand he's only here for another few weeks?

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