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Ross County, St Johnstone, Aberdeen, Rangers, Celtic All cleared for capacity attendances while at the SMISA stadium we can have 5,000 at least season ticket holders and 2,000 paying fans can get in so not all bad. 

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Ross County, St Johnstone, Aberdeen, Rangers, Celtic All cleared for capacity attendances while at the SMISA stadium we can have 5,000 at least season ticket holders and 2,000 paying fans can get in so not all bad. 
We don't have a 1st team home game until 28th. I assume we will have rectified the mystery issues and applied for full capacity by then, no real rush. You can bet your bottom dollar we will jump through every and any hoop put in our way before either of the cheeks rolls into town !!!
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We don't have a 1st team home game until 28th. I assume we will have rectified the mystery issues and applied for full capacity by then, no real rush. You can bet your bottom dollar we will jump through every and any hoop put in our way before either of the cheeks rolls into town !!!

We’ve got until 23 October for that then. I’m sure the club will make sure they get everything just right with the main stand works, so 2 months might be needed…

Would be so much easier if the club actually specified what the issues were/are!
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As ever the margins of error for us in the top flight are gonna be paper thin this season. I think Saturday's game against Livi will be significant as the continuity in their management helped them to leap ahead of us after we were both promoted inn 2018 but I sensed the gap was closing - statin the bleedin' obvious  but a win on Saturday (any sort) will be significant to us for all sorts of reasons.

 

On a more general note I was pretty happy with the business JG did at the start of the window but the end where teams are trying to fine-tune their squads by offloading surplus players and replacing them with similar from "bigger" clubs is also vital - I'm already looking forward to the buttock clenching last 48 hours...

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As ever the margins of error for us in the top flight are gonna be paper thin this season. I think Saturday's game against Livi will be significant as the continuity in their management helped them to leap ahead of us after we were both promoted inn 2018 but I sensed the gap was closing - statin the bleedin' obvious  but a win on Saturday (any sort) will be significant to us for all sorts of reasons.
 
On a more general note I was pretty happy with the business JG did at the start of the window but the end where teams are trying to fine-tune their squads by offloading surplus players and replacing them with similar from "bigger" clubs is also vital - I'm already looking forward to the buttock clenching last 48 hours...

You do know it’s the cup on Saturday?
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55 minutes ago, Biscuits said:


You do know it’s the cup on Saturday?

Yeah but I decided the chance to measure what (if any) progress has been made is more to do with the general nature of the season than anything else.

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On 08/08/2021 at 19:12, Fraser Fyvie said:

Hi

Jake Doyle-Hayes and Kyle Magennis are good at football.

Thanks

Bye

Jack is no bad a managing, Sammy a decent coach and kit man folds a mean shirt, you are welcome

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"Linked" with Kennedy again, it's in the Record without a single source or quote.

If you believe the Record, and let's be honest that's always a hard ask, then it's apparently between us and County. St Johnstone are out of the race after having to spend way over the odds for MoH and Middleton thanks to them being linked to us.

Underwhelming to say the least, imo. I cannot see what he's actually bring to the side that we either don't have already or would need to change the shape to accommodate.

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24 minutes ago, Ric said:

...would need to change the shape to accommodate.

Here's hoping.

I promised not to whinge about tactics ever again after the Parkhead win, but I don't think I'll ever be convinced by the 3-5-2. 

The only advantage is the fact it lets us play with two strikers, and lets us play McGrath in his preferred position, but both Hearts and Dundee have exposed its weaknesses.

 

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I think the 3-5-2 works in certain situations, just not every game. Jim's being pretty stubborn about it which is worrying.

Also - get McCarthy back in the team. Thanks.

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21 minutes ago, Coventry Saint said:

I promised not to whinge about tactics ever again after the Parkhead win, but I don't think I'll ever be convinced by the 3-5-2.

I've never been convinced by 3-5-2. Not since the minute Goodwin switched to it. We've had some success, sure, but the frailties are just far too obvious. Am I demanding 4-4-2, jumpers for goalposts, oranges at half time? No, but I'm sure we can have a progressive shape without 3 at the back.

Just now, Merkland Red said:

Where would you lads like Kennedy dropped off?

Dingwall train station, please.

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5 minutes ago, ulysses said:

Also - get McCarthy back in the team. Thanks.

Replacing whom?

Not Fraser, not Shaughnessy so I presume Dunne and I've got to be honest while I was sceptical regarding Dunne's arrival after such a long time out, he's a better defender with better distribution. Could McCarthy develop? Of course he could, but as it is now he (for me) is behind Dunne.

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We are the only team in the League playing two strikers. The plan is the get high balls into them quickly from the wing backs with the midfield playing a high press to get the second balls. It ain't working.

We only have one decent wing back and even he can drift out of the game. The two strikers are not good enough to win the crosses coming in and get them on target. The supporting midfield is too high up the park leaving the defence exposed. The defence just lump high balls up the middle. Shite formation and shite tactics.

Last season we defended well but did not score enough. This season we have changed to a defence that is leaking goals and too many up top trying to score but not doing so. Tweaking the team to improve the scoring rate was what was required and not a complete change of formation and long ball punts.

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