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I really enjoyed that today. That's two home games in a row we've won while playing brilliant football going forward, we probably should have scored more but that was another comfortable win.

McCabe being back made a big difference, even at centre back. To be honest I wasn't too concerned by him being up against Goodwillie, Crighton and at times Fordyce have struggled against him in the past but McCabe's a very clever player and him and Kerr kept Goodwillie pretty quiet today. I didn't watch last week's game but I think we saw why we're better with Watson at full-back today, even if his final ball was a bit poorer today than in recent weeks he's a great option out wide and also does his job defensively. I don't think anyone was particularly excited when he signed but he's been excellent so far, barely put a foot wrong in either position and has put in very consistent performances.

McInroy was excellent in midfield, did a great job at recycling possession, winning the ball back and generally always being in the right position. I'm interested to see how he gets on in that role against a better team, as I thought Clyde's midfield were pretty anonymous today, but that was a very promising debut. Easton and Frizzell were great to watch again, always looking to get the ball down and carry it forward. Frizzell in particular has really impressed me over the last month or so. He was quite frustrating against Dumbarton and Falkirk, he clearly had ability but kept making the wrong choices in the final third and running into defenders rather than having a shot on a few occasions. He looks much more confident now and we're beginning to see how good a player he can be. I can see why he didn't really have too much of an influence in a Jim Duffy team, he'd probably have struggled in our team last season too, but he's a perfect fit for the way we're trying to play just now.

I thought Gallagher lead the line brilliantly today. I've been a bit critical of him and Kouider-Aissa as a partnership as neither seem naturally suited to dropping deep and linking play but Gallagher was excellent at that today, he won a good share of headers and his touch was better than usual. Him and Smith have the potential to be a good partnership so I'd like to see that continue. 

I always aim for 15-16 points a quarter, as that should get you in the play-offs at the end of the season. We're just short of that but given how inconsistent every other team is, 14 points and a maximum of 5 points off top at the end of the first quarter isn't the worst result, especially given we still haven't had a chance to choose from a fully fit squad. Obviously our start was very poor but I think we've seen from the Peterhead game onwards, and to an extent at Dumbarton, that this team does have a lot of potential and I'm quite excited to see how we get on over the rest of the season. A break next week might be a good thing to give Fordyce, Gabby McGill and maybe even Lyons more time to recover, hopefully we can go to Falkirk with everyone available and a strong bench to choose from.

I'm pleased for Ian Murray too. We all know he has his critics, I've generally supported him more than most but was pretty critical after the Falkirk game, but he's done well to turn things around after the poor start and have us playing some great football recently. He seemed to really enjoy that win today too, I'm not sure why Clyde fans seemed so upset with him but I enjoyed seeing him give a bit back at the end.

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I think Gallagher has probably taken the recent criticism to heart and decided to be more aggressive and determined in his hold up play, as was shown on todays performance. That was one of his best displays for a while and he contributed greatly to his goal by winning the ball back at the edge of the box...Keep it up Gal!

As for the new boy McInroy, he was excellent from start to finish and like Murray said, the board should be highly commended for making it happen. He looks like he could be the player that will make the difference for us in terms of physicality and composure in the middle of the park this season.

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15 hours ago, Mr November said:

I really enjoyed that today. That's two home games in a row we've won while playing brilliant football going forward, we probably should have scored more but that was another comfortable win.

McCabe being back made a big difference, even at centre back. To be honest I wasn't too concerned by him being up against Goodwillie, Crighton and at times Fordyce have struggled against him in the past but McCabe's a very clever player and him and Kerr kept Goodwillie pretty quiet today. I didn't watch last week's game but I think we saw why we're better with Watson at full-back today, even if his final ball was a bit poorer today than in recent weeks he's a great option out wide and also does his job defensively. I don't think anyone was particularly excited when he signed but he's been excellent so far, barely put a foot wrong in either position and has put in very consistent performances.

McInroy was excellent in midfield, did a great job at recycling possession, winning the ball back and generally always being in the right position. I'm interested to see how he gets on in that role against a better team, as I thought Clyde's midfield were pretty anonymous today, but that was a very promising debut. Easton and Frizzell were great to watch again, always looking to get the ball down and carry it forward. Frizzell in particular has really impressed me over the last month or so. He was quite frustrating against Dumbarton and Falkirk, he clearly had ability but kept making the wrong choices in the final third and running into defenders rather than having a shot on a few occasions. He looks much more confident now and we're beginning to see how good a player he can be. I can see why he didn't really have too much of an influence in a Jim Duffy team, he'd probably have struggled in our team last season too, but he's a perfect fit for the way we're trying to play just now.

I thought Gallagher lead the line brilliantly today. I've been a bit critical of him and Kouider-Aissa as a partnership as neither seem naturally suited to dropping deep and linking play but Gallagher was excellent at that today, he won a good share of headers and his touch was better than usual. Him and Smith have the potential to be a good partnership so I'd like to see that continue. 

I always aim for 15-16 points a quarter, as that should get you in the play-offs at the end of the season. We're just short of that but given how inconsistent every other team is, 14 points and a maximum of 5 points off top at the end of the first quarter isn't the worst result, especially given we still haven't had a chance to choose from a fully fit squad. Obviously our start was very poor but I think we've seen from the Peterhead game onwards, and to an extent at Dumbarton, that this team does have a lot of potential and I'm quite excited to see how we get on over the rest of the season. A break next week might be a good thing to give Fordyce, Gabby McGill and maybe even Lyons more time to recover, hopefully we can go to Falkirk with everyone available and a strong bench to choose from.

I'm pleased for Ian Murray too. We all know he has his critics, I've generally supported him more than most but was pretty critical after the Falkirk game, but he's done well to turn things around after the poor start and have us playing some great football recently. He seemed to really enjoy that win today too, I'm not sure why Clyde fans seemed so upset with him but I enjoyed seeing him give a bit back at the end.

With Fordyce a shoe in , to come back into the team, who drops out,   we don't want to change formation too much as for the first time in many years we look like a football tean.

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25 minutes ago, Passionate said:

With Fordyce a shoe in , to come back into the team, who drops out,   we don't want to change formation too much as for the first time in many years we look like a football tean.

Been thinking about this as well. I'd have McCabe as one of our best players but if McInroy's going to be as good as he was yesterday he has to play. Can both play in the same midfield without a formation change?

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1 hour ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

Been thinking about this as well. I'd have McCabe as one of our best players but if McInroy's going to be as good as he was yesterday he has to play. Can both play in the same midfield without a formation change?

The only change that I could see happen, is McGill drops out(lad playing really well) move Smith to right wing and bring McCabe into midfield, we will definitely need him against Falkirk..

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An excellent performance to go along with the win, cannae whack it.
While the general play was indeed excellent, for as long as we don't convert our possession and nice passing moves into actual goals or even clear cut chances we are going to continue having slender leads which can easily be lost as a result of the opposition taking a chance .

Yesterday they equalised, albeit from a penalty and had Goodwillie taken the chance when he rounded Currie we could easily have been 2 - 1 down.

Home game against Falkirk, we were also playing some excellent passing football and went 2 down when they had barely threatened.

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45 minutes ago, Passionate said:

The only change that I could see happen, is McGill drops out(lad playing really well) move Smith to right wing and bring McCabe into midfield, we will definitely need him against Falkirk..

That's what I was thinking as well. Would most likely mean a change to 4231.

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31 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

That's what I was thinking as well. Would most likely mean a change to 4231.

Callum Smith's best position is up front, he said so himself in his interview after the game yesterday which to my mind was his best of the season. Yes he can fill in wide right when circumstances dictate but he either plays up front or is on the bench when we have a full squad available. Good problem for IM to have though and Gabby also looking to start.

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5 minutes ago, Kenny_m said:

Callum Smith's best position is up front, he said so himself in his interview after the game yesterday which to my mind was his best of the season. Yes he can fill in wide right when circumstances dictate but he either plays up front or is on the bench when we have a full squad available. Good problem for IM to have though and Gabby also looking to start.

With that in mind aptly named diamond formation could be the way forward.

                Currie

Watson Kerr Fordyce Quitongo

              McCabe

   Frizzell             McInroy

                Easton

       Smith Gallagher


Could make an argument for McInroy playing the deeper role with McCabe pushed up a bit more but I thought McInroy seemed to have plenty of energy and looked good going forward yesterday and McCabe has definitely looked better in the deeper midfield role than he did on the right of the midfield three when Agnew was playing there. We'd still have two McGills and Salim fighting for a place in that lineup as well.

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2 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

With that in mind aptly named diamond formation could be the way forward.

                Currie

Watson Kerr Fordyce Quitongo

              McCabe

   Frizzell             McInroy

                Easton

       Smith Gallagher


Could make an argument for McInroy playing the deeper role with McCabe pushed up a bit more but I thought McInroy seemed to have plenty of energy and looked good going forward yesterday and McCabe has definitely looked better in the deeper midfield role than he did on the right of the midfield three when Agnew was playing there. We'd still have two McGills and Salim fighting for a place in that lineup as well.

It will be an interesting selection at Falkirk with probably everyone available except Luke Lyons. If we can win there it would really fire up our season.

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I’ve been impressed with Adam Frizzell in recent matches. Always looking for the ball, finds team mates more often than not and is ready to shoot when an opportunity arises. We’ve not been noted for shooting from distance for a while now so really pleased that this is happening more often 
 

What a debut from Kerr McInroy!!!!
He was composed on the ball, linked well with his teammates all game hardly misplacing a pass in the process, had a good energy levels and his shooting didn’t look to  shabby either. He could be our Kyle Turner signingll Although he’s listed as a defensive midfielder he looks as though he’ll bring a lot to the team on yesterday’s performance.

IM you know what to do ‘get him signed till the end of the season’.

In his post match interview IM said that was the best we’ve played in the last 3 years. Having watched quite a few boringly turgid games over the same period I’d have to agree.!!!!!!

Much more optimistic about our chances this season as we seem to have a good quality of player with some strength in depth. Let’s keep it going against Falkirk in 2 weeks

C’mon the DIAMONDS

♦️♦️♦️♦️♦️♦️♦️♦️

 

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What a debut from Kerr McInroy!!!!
He was composed on the ball, linked well with his teammates all game hardly misplacing a pass in the process, had a good energy levels and his shooting didn’t look to  shabby either. He could be our Kyle Turner signingll Although he’s listed as a defensive midfielder he looks as though he’ll bring a lot to the team on yesterday’s performance.
IM you know what to do ‘get him signed till the end of the season’.



His contact at Celtic is up at the end of the season
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55 minutes ago, Tony Wonder said:

How is Scott McGill getting on for you guys? Really rate him from what I seen of him in the first team last year, hoping he impresses with you and comes back ready to challenge when his loan is over.

He’s done well so far. Due to injuries/COVID he’s been moved about quite a lot. I think he’s played as an attacking midfielder, right back, right winger, left winger and on Saturday on the right of a midfield diamond. We’re only just beginning to find our best team but he’s certainly made a decent case for being in it. The way we’re trying to play seems to suit him, a full season here (hopefully) challenging for promotion should see him go back to Hearts a much better player.

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5 hours ago, WeAllDreamOfATeamOfAndyRyans said:

Dylan Easton is the best player in the world and I will hear nothing different IMG_3874.jpg

He is different class, hopefully can start to score goals, that is a all that is missing,    described as a 'wizard' with a football by Kelty fans.....

 

We have salin and Smith on 2 year deals,    get  the wee man added to that list....    

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He is different class, hopefully can start to score goals, that is a all that is missing,    described as a 'wizard' with a football by Kelty fans.....
 
We have salin and Smith on 2 year deals,    get  the wee man added to that list....    


3 year minimum with option for a further 1. McCabe too.
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