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2 hours ago, G_H said:

Too many players who think that its ok to coast while form is good.

Second in the league you would think our form has been good, and on sat  we did play some good  passing football, but so easy to score against, that second goal was shocking defending, firstly keeper once again where was he, aye he did have a couple of good saves  but this past 2-3weeks he has been at fault for a few  goals, having settled proper   defenders would help, we definitely need a centre back and a striker if we are going to  challange Cove, who are a capable good strong team and are organised . 

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I thought Saturday's game was one of those ones where you couldn't have complained whatever way the result went. Both teams had their spells of dominance and there were spells in the game that were tight and played entirely in the midfield. But as it happened, Cove got the win and you can't argue that it wasn't merited. Frustrating afternoon, especially as Falkirk and Queen's Park both got beat so it would have been a real opportunity to build a gap at the top. Cove have a bit of an us v Raith Rovers and Partick Thistle feel to them unfortunately. We can beat every other team in the league but just fall short to the team who ends up winning it. Nothing is decided in November but dropping 6 points to them already feels like quite a lot. Means we really have to beat them the next two times we play them now. 

Can't really disagree with the prior analysis. Cove are strong in the middle of the park and, while we had our moments, we struggled to play through them. I sound like a broken record on this but having more width in the team would really help with this. Quitongo is a decent left-back but doesn't offer much going forward either in terms of carrying the ball or putting it into the box. That's fine as long as you've got other players who can do that but we've only got Watson who offers any sort of attacking outlet out wide and you need more than your right-back to rely on in that regard. 

Totally agree too about getting McCabe back into the midfield. That's twice we've played Cove without McCabe in the midfield ad it's hard not to believe we'd have fared better had he been playing there. You can't blame Murray for playing him at centre-half as we really didn't have any other options there but we do need him back in the middle ASAP. I don't care if his shoulder is hanging off him, get Luke Lyons in that team on Saturday. 

Gal didn't have his best game on Saturday but anyone wanting to play Jordan Allan ahead of him is at it. I'd love for Allan to be good given his backstory and history at the club but... he just isn't good enough unfortunately. It's particularly laughable to make this point given that he came on on Saturday (admittedly when the game was already done) and was useless. He's 5th choice striker on merit and isn't good enough to play a role beyond that which he plays at the moment (coming on when you're chasing a goal and hoping that absolutely anything sticks). Gal is still our best striker in terms of hold-up play and scoring goals. He's got 5 this season and a few assists, scored 14 in 2019/20 when the season finished in March and scored 9 in a shortened and broken up season last season which I think is a pretty good record. He's not in the same class as guys like Megginson but he's still one of the better strikers at this level. Allan is getting nowhere near those numbers. 

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The moment we simply had to seize upon was the point at which the Cove goalie passed the ball to Easton. He gave him the ball, nice and central. That has to be converted into a goal, be it via direct shot from Easton (too easy when it did come) or by engineering something else via a couple of passes.

You imagine that would have been capitalised upon at the other end, and that seems the difference in microcosm; they took their best chances, we sadly fluffed ours. Credit their goalie for that last ditch clearance at the corner that was nodded back across.

Two good sides who both took turns exerting pressure on the other, but as everyone has said already, hopefully Lyons and/or Kerr will be back soon to allow McCabe to move into the middle. Rico has to let Fordyce know at that cross that he can leave it for Rico to collect, and if he did let him know, Fordyce has to heed the call or do a lot better with his clearing header if he decides not to listen to the shout. 

Cove look a less vulnerable side this season than last and I agree with many who are already fearing they are this season's Thistle/Raith. That being said, we are in good shape and a good position as we go into the break in league action for the cup.

Saturday was not a disaster, but a missed opportunity for sure. A sore one, no doubt about it.

The folks booing at the end, though... Lord above. 

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2 hours ago, AndyDD said:

The moment we simply had to seize upon was the point at which the Cove goalie passed the ball to Easton. He gave him the ball, nice and central. That has to be converted into a goal, be it via direct shot from Easton (too easy when it did come) or by engineering something else via a couple of passes.

You imagine that would have been capitalised upon at the other end, and that seems the difference in microcosm; they took their best chances, we sadly fluffed ours. Credit their goalie for that last ditch clearance at the corner that was nodded back across.

Two good sides who both took turns exerting pressure on the other, but as everyone has said already, hopefully Lyons and/or Kerr will be back soon to allow McCabe to move into the middle. Rico has to let Fordyce know at that cross that he can leave it for Rico to collect, and if he did let him know, Fordyce has to heed the call or do a lot better with his clearing header if he decides not to listen to the shout. 

Cove look a less vulnerable side this season than last and I agree with many who are already fearing they are this season's Thistle/Raith. That being said, we are in good shape and a good position as we go into the break in league action for the cup.

Saturday was not a disaster, but a missed opportunity for sure. A sore one, no doubt about it.

The folks booing at the end, though... Lord above. 

The booing at the end tells you that there is a different expectation this year as the fans now expect to win almost every week. I've no doubt the players feel the same.

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9 minutes ago, Kenny_m said:

The booing at the end tells you that there is a different expectation this year as the fans now expect to win almost every week. I've no doubt the players feel the same.

Possibly a factor, but I'm not sure I buy that, ultimately; regardless of how we've been doing, you always get the odd few folk booing a defeat no matter the context. It's like the go-to response for some. A tad strange, in my book. 

On to the cup; hopefully a chance to get Lyons in the XI and give him some much needed minutes. Looking forward to it, even if our record there is hardly sparkling. Should be a good chance to get back on track ahead of two very big games. 

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Hard to be overly critical about Saturday, given the standard of performances and run we’ve been on.

Agree with the point made above about Eastons chance that really felt like our chance that we had to take. Credit to Cove though for taking their chances when they came along.

One thing that is worrying is if we are to make a real tilt at the title we’d need a player to really hit 20+ Goals imo. I’m not sure Gallagher or Smith (as much as I highly rate them both) will either get. Would be good to see Salim (if/when fit) or Gabby McGill getting a run at it. 

Also agree with getting McCabe back to CM asap! Does anyone know what Kerrs injury is ? Is it just a constant reoccurring thing? …

A long way to go but credit where it’s due. For players/ staff and fans alike to be disappointed to be 2nd 2 points off top we must be going in the right direction.

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The booing at the end tells you that there is a different expectation this year as the fans now expect to win almost every week. I've no doubt the players feel the same.

It’s panto nonsense - I really don’t get why folk get their knickers in a twist over it. If you’re happy to take the applause and plaudits when you win, suck up a boo or two when you don’t.
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Presume we'll take a decent number to Stenny on Saturday? 

Looking forward to it, even if it wasn't the most exotic draw we could have ended up with. 

Let's just hope it goes better than last year, especially considering the league was put into deep freeze right after our first (and final) cup game of last season...

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