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My thoughts on last night

We were poor. What I mean by that, is the BetFred is a great leveller, early in the season, teams not fully fit, still getting to know new players, which is why lower league teams get results. We played like we were in the middle of the season and needed to defend. We created a lot of our own problems with poor passing, ponderous play. The same issues we have had last season.

Sporle wasn't great, BUT was starting to look better as half went on. Taken off to avoid a red. Boy hasn't had too much of a break from last season, doesn't speak English yet, and probably not used to the pace yet in terrible weather in a foreign country for the first time. Any one writing him off after 45 minutes competitive football with is needs to back off. We are a great support for writing off players before they have a chance. At least give him a chance.

Shankland took his goal well. Didn't have too much to do though. Not a criticism of him.

Clark, for the live of god Neilson, play him up front, or play Cammy Smith in the no 10.

McMullan was non existent

Stanton, a good cross for the goal, other than that a man down. If he is played in a non attacking role he is useless, too soft.

 

Connolly? Don't remember him being that bad for Killie. Needs to remember its football not wrestling.

 

Having said that, we had players just back from injury, having not trained much yet so we have that to look forward to. The defence, for all the criticism only let in one goal. Shankland scored, Appere and Banks looked good, it was only the first competitive game in bad weather in what is still preseason 47 days after our last game. So I'm not too worried. If we play like that against East Fife and Cowdenbeath then that is a different story, but we do need to move the ball quicker rather than to Renoylds to Siegrist to PUNT!

 

Anyway on to the next game, which I'm sure we'll win.

 

 

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I'm old enough to remember how pisspoor Craig Brewster was on his debut for us, so I'm not writing anyone off after one game.

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Clark had a stinker.  McMullen looked okay when he got the ball but that was the problem no positive possession.  Hearts closed us down all over the park at times you would think they had more players on the park.

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1 hour ago, Kelheart said:

Looks a decent keeper best since Hamish?

Hahahahaha 

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1 hour ago, Kelheart said:

Looks a decent keeper best since Hamish?

Not even close. Off the top of my head I'd have (in no particular order) Thomson, Main, Dykstra, Maxwell, Szamotulski, Weaver, Zaluska and Pernis ahead of him. There may be others. Yes decent though and should hopefully still get better.

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1 hour ago, NEFarab said:

All the Nicky Clark lovers posted missing?

Nope still here, although wouldn't call myself a "lover", more of know what he can do if up front not played back in midfield.

Were a few below par performances last night, not just one player.

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I'm firmly in the Nicky Clark up front or not at all camp. He's a good player but a waste of a shirt as a number 10.

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Think you ken he's struggled when Booth looks a much better option. 


Still don’t understand how booth doesn’t get a game ahead of Robson.

Hoping Sporle improves to be better than Robson or we will have another average full back on a long contract.



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20 minutes ago, OzzyArab92 said:

 


Still don’t understand how booth doesn’t get a game ahead of Robson.

 

Booth has no real attributes to his game. 

Can’t defend, no pace to get up and down, end product is awful, easily bullied by relatively small wingers, gives away a lot of cheap free kicks.

That being said, Robson doesn’t have much going for him either.

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Curran has scored the same amount of goals as Shankland in less minutes this season.

Let that sink in.

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Just looking at your squad from last night I see Banks came on, do you reckon he will be part of your League squad for the coming sesson ?

Would love to see him back on loan, but seems highly unlikely  !

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Curran has scored the same amount of goals as Shankland in less minutes this season.
Let that sink in.
Against Raith

Vs

Against hearts

Just let that sink in.

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1 hour ago, macclyde+ said:

Just looking at your squad from last night I see Banks came on, do you reckon he will be part of your League squad for the coming sesson ?

Would love to see him back on loan, but seems highly unlikely  !

I think - I certainly hope so - on the evidence of last night he'll be in and around our first 11. Left midfield is an area we could do with strengthening so every chance Banks could take that role. 

On a broader note it was great to see him and Appere come on and play so well. For a team who famed for their youth policy, it's been a while since some young players have came through and held down a first team place. 

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25 minutes ago, Steven W said:

I think - I certainly hope so - on the evidence of last night he'll be in and around our first 11. Left midfield is an area we could do with strengthening so every chance Banks could take that role. 

On a broader note it was great to see him and Appere come on and play so well. For a team who famed for their youth policy, it's been a while since some young players have came through and held down a first team place. 

I reckon Banksy has a great future, fantastic prospect, and the only negative I could see was some of his decision making, obviously not surprising give his age, and which will definitely improve with time.

Will be keeping an eye on his progress and he will always be held in high regard down Broadwood way for his contribution to our memorable season.

All the best for this season 👍

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13 hours ago, Dele said:

Heh. Last year your fans were going on about how you beat Dundee because you won an extra point in a penalty shoot out. 

Surprising to see its been downgraded to only losing an extra point this year. Too many changes in football at once for my liking. 

Two season ago.

And I wasn't one of those fans. So you're point's sorta irrelevant.

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Dont think it matters what position Clark plays if he cant control a football.

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People wanting to write Clark off on the basis of a sub par performance having been played out of position.

If that’s the rationale then it’s going to be a long season.

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3 hours ago, Skint said:

Against Raith

Vs

Against hearts

Just let that sink in.

It is unfortunate that we are the highest calibre of team in that group so we can't play anyone better than us.

Unlike you, being a lower seeded team.

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