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Scottish cup fixtures confirmed. 

Hibernian vs Motherwell - Saturday 24th April - 5pm kick off (Premier Sports).

I have seen a lot of Well fans have no idea how Premier Sports works so I have copied and pasted the explanation here. I'm still surprised They picked our game over the Aberdeen vs Dundee United fixture.

 

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For those who haven't used Premier Sports previously, here is a short run down:

There is a Channel on Sky Boxes for Premier. In order to use it you have to sign up for q 6 month subscription at £10.99 per month.

Alternatively, there is a Streaming version (like the PPV sites) here: https://www.premierplayer.tv/. You can create an account and choose from the following options:

  • Sign up for the 6 month contract at £10.99 per month
  • Sign up for a rolling monthly contract at £12.99 per month which you can cancel at any time.

I would suggest the second option as this would be similar of the PPV rates but it is a shame that it is not on the BBC. This is a month pass so it should cover the Semi Finals (Mainly for the Hibs fans as I doubt we will get through). Make sure to cancel the subscription as otherwise they can charge you again for next month!

Here is the full fixture list for the Quarter finals.

Scottish Cup Quarter-Final Fixtures

Saturday 24 April

Hibernian v. Motherwell, kick-off 5pm (Live on Premier Sports)

Sunday, 25 April

Aberdeen v. Dundee United, kick-off 2.30pm (Live on BBC Scotland)
Rangers v. St Johnstone, kick-off 6.30pm (Live on Premier Sports)

Monday 26 April

Kilmarnock v. St. Mirren, kick-off 7.45pm (Live on BBC Scotland)

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Writing this before Accies beat us (again) but I found myself drawn into actually reading some of the wild takes and DOOM on Steelmen last night rather than skimming and having a wee laugh as I usually do when I dip in there but genuinely surprised myself when I clocked our results/form over the past while; 

We've only lost 1 of our last 7 (in all competitions) and 1 of our last 5 in the league - it doesn't feel like it eh?

Turns out we're 5th in the form table over the past 6, 10 and 12 matches...who knew?!

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Clearly that doesn't necessarily mean we're playing well but it makes some of the oddball stuff in the 'Graham Alexander' thread look a bit missing the point.

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That's exactly the reason that I'm totally fine with Alexander so far.

He's managed the squad he inherited very well. I don't think any of us dreams of watching our current midfield three, or bringing on a centre-half for a striker every time we have a one goal lead, but he's done well with the hand that was dealt to him.

It's just been frustrating that in most games, when we've got beaten, it's been a pumping. However, I would take the two wins then a pumping cycle, rather than the lots of possession for a single-goal defeat under Robinson. It's not like these players have all of a sudden became brilliant either, if they were capable of being lacklustre every single week earlier on in the season, you still have to compensate for them having the occasional off day amidst the improvement.

It goes without saying that his forays into the transfer market haven't been great (of his signings I'd probably say only Roberts has pass-marks so far), but it was obviously an exceptional window. We will see what the summer brings on that front. We've obviously wasted wages on Smith, Foley and Nolan. Magloire has probably done as much bad as good and I remain utterly unconvinced by Lawless.

 

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24 minutes ago, capt_oats said:

Clearly that doesn't necessarily mean we're playing well but it makes some of the oddball stuff in the 'Graham Alexander' thread look a bit missing the point.

I tend to steer clear, has an element there taken against him (already)?

I think Alexander has done a top notch job given some of the players he's had to contend with, and while he's occasionally made some odd choices in team selection and subs, generally speaking I think he's made the best of what he's got.  He also comes across as honest and committed during the interviews.

There a gazillion people I'd punt from the club before I got to him.

Also... those stats make the quarter final look like a real toss-up between the teams.    At least all the players should be able to muster some motivation for a cup game against a 'big' club

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I've been pretty alright giving Alexander a pass on this season. He inherited an absolute power of shite in this squad so frankly avoiding relegation is all I was wanting from him. 

It's definitely telling that the team is mostly the same as Robinson yet we've had such an upturn in form. There's definitely a massive amount of it is down to players not being arsed/wanting away ASAP. 

Overall I think it's been a good appointment. He's riled the Govan hordes on a fishing trip, been a bit unhinged and got us to safety. Now if he can put together his own squad of arseholes to shithouse the entire season next year I'll be quite happy. 

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Can't even begin to tell you how raging I'm going to be if there's no THUNDERDOME next year. 

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There is usually always a few people raging no one from the youth has made regular appearances with new managers.

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Alexander had one job this season. Keep us up. He's pretty much done that (hopefully confirmed after Wednesday). Other than that, any judgement should be on hold until next season when he can put on his own stamp on things and get the vast majority of these charlatans to f**k. 

I understand some are concerned at seeing him giving the likes of Mugabi & Crawford an extra year. I get that, but as I've said previously we might see one or two being kept for another year due the circumstances in the world just now. As long as these guys are there to supplement the squad, I don't have any massive issues despite not rating either player mentioned. 

However, it we get into August and we have a central defensive partnership of Mugabi & Lamie, along with a midfield three of O'Hara, Crawford and Donnelly, serious questions of the managers' judgement will need to be asked. 

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1 hour ago, RostokMcSpoons said:

I tend to steer clear, has an element there taken against him (already)?

I think Alexander has done a top notch job given some of the players he's had to contend with, and while he's occasionally made some odd choices in team selection and subs, generally speaking I think he's made the best of what he's got.  He also comes across as honest and committed during the interviews.

There a gazillion people I'd punt from the club before I got to him.

Also... those stats make the quarter final look like a real toss-up between the teams.    At least all the players should be able to muster some motivation for a cup game against a 'big' club

It definitely feels like there's an element of frustration/suspicion for some but really there are just quite a few weird takes eg: one boy comparing him to Baraclough (although the same guy seems to think we played a midfield 4 last season and can't understand why we've ditched it - and someone called him out on the Baraclough thing anyway). Others are getting really bent out of shape because Robbie Crawford and Bevis have been given new one year deals.

LIke, for me there are legitimate questions in terms of how he sees things going forward, what the Academy policy is etc but that's broad stuff that really isn't a priority when he's been parachuted into a relegation scenario (in the middle of a pandemic) and judging his signings in January (as some are over there) when he was literally just in the door...is just absolutely fucking wild.

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I don't mind Mugabi getting another year. Is he a ball playing centre back? Absolutely not. Is he a serviceable centre back when asked to just heider things away to f**k? Aye.

Crawford is probably fine for back up but I do not want to see him be our go to holding midfielder. He's alright at tackling folk but he's total dugmeat in possession.

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Wonder if people are finding it hard to Warm to Alexander due to not being at the games, that must be a thing, lot said for winning a big game and applauding the manager at the end. 

fwiw, I think he has done well, also a fan of the play well, play next week approach. 

one thing I can't wait to see the back of is a midfield three consisting of Campbell, Maguire and Crawford. A midfield with three of the exact same players.

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Just now, Neil86 said:

one thing I can't wait to see the back of is a midfield three consisting of Campbell, Maguire and Crawford. A midfield with three of the exact same players.

Has there ever been more sideways/backwards passes from midfielders? Not since Stuart Carswell imo.

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1 hour ago, capt_oats said:

Writing this before Accies beat us (again) but I found myself drawn into actually reading some of the wild takes and DOOM on Steelmen last night rather than skimming and having a wee laugh as I usually do when I dip in there but genuinely surprised myself when I clocked our results/form over the past while; 

We've only lost 1 of our last 7 (in all competitions) and 1 of our last 5 in the league - it doesn't feel like it eh?

Turns out we're 5th in the form table over the past 6, 10 and 12 matches...who knew?!

387794391_ScreenShot2021-04-19at10_23_06.png.298a0670125e41f4021264d0d715796e.png

Clearly that doesn't necessarily mean we're playing well but it makes some of the oddball stuff in the 'Graham Alexander' thread look a bit missing the point.

Main takeaway from this is that we don't really have anything to fear from Hibs.

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Just now, YassinMoutaouakil said:

Main takeaway from this is that we don't really have anything to fear from Hibs.

My posts are layered Yassin.

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2 hours ago, capt_oats said:

Writing this before Accies beat us (again) but I found myself drawn into actually reading some of the wild takes and DOOM on Steelmen last night rather than skimming and having a wee laugh as I usually do when I dip in there but genuinely surprised myself when I clocked our results/form over the past while; 

We've only lost 1 of our last 7 (in all competitions) and 1 of our last 5 in the league - it doesn't feel like it eh?

Turns out we're 5th in the form table over the past 6, 10 and 12 matches...who knew?!

387794391_ScreenShot2021-04-19at10_23_06.png.298a0670125e41f4021264d0d715796e.png

Clearly that doesn't necessarily mean we're playing well but it makes some of the oddball stuff in the 'Graham Alexander' thread look a bit missing the point.

I mentioned this a couple weeks back, but if Well had done anything against Hamilton instead of being complete ass in those three matches it would have gone into the final match with a shot at top 6. Strange how two matches can basically change the look of the entire season.

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2 minutes ago, AmericanFan said:

I mentioned this a couple weeks back, but if Well had done anything against Hamilton instead of being complete ass in those three matches it would have gone into the final match with a shot at top 6. Strange how two matches can basically change the look of the entire season.

We are literally responsible for a third of all of Accies points this season. Every time we play them we are absolutely and utterly shite. 

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1 minute ago, well fan for life said:

We are literally responsible for a third of all of Accies points this season. Every time we play them we are absolutely and utterly shite. 

I think the Chapman match could be something that's remembered for years. That was just horrific goalkeeping that is still mind-boggling could actually happen in a professional match.

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4 minutes ago, well fan for life said:

We are literally responsible for a third of all of Accies points this season. Every time we play them we are absolutely and utterly shite. 

We have nothing to lose, use it as a trial match, get all the young ones on and anyone else that needs ‘minutes’.  What is the worst that can happen, concede 4?

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Just now, AmericanFan said:

I think the Chapman match could be something that's remembered for years. That was just horrific goalkeeping that is still mind-boggling could actually happen in a professional match.

Fair play to him because Gunnar Neilsen's now moved to the third worst keeper I've ever seen at Motherwell. 

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1 minute ago, AmericanFan said:

I think the Chapman match could be something that's remembered for years. That was just horrific goalkeeping that is still mind-boggling could actually happen in a professional match.

My post above does not stretch to a return for Chapman

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