RossBFaeDundee Posted January 15 Share Posted January 15 54 minutes ago, ATLIS said: I think there was a lot of similar conversation around the playoffs in the season we came up too. Regardless of quality in the squads the one aspect that's not talked about enough is the unity in a squad that's likely been pushing for a title vs a team that's had a season of calamity and likely are low on morale/motivation. The Partick team we faced looked absolutely gormless at times even when they had Doolan and Erskine playing their heart out trying to bail them out. You just need to look at the chaos of a St Johnstone right now, who've lost the heart they had last season when they won the playoffs. Aye, I'd agree. It's the same conversation at the end of every season, and it always depends on how much either team can keep it together, it being the momentum for the Champ side and the morale and fight for the Prem side. I vividly remember dreading Killie being our playoff opponent in 2021 because unlike the other teams in play such as County, Killie had that recognisable bit of quality, particularly Lafferty during his mad first scoring run with them. The fact is though that we had the momentum and had found a hard grafting style of play that had wore teams out for months, and Killie were very worn out before those games even happened. That being said, it became only harder to imagine a team from 3rd or 4th managing to get promoted last season, as Caley got as close as anyone has to doing that until they finally hit their wall with 45 minutes to go in Perth. You could probably argue the opposite of that given how close they got, but that 2nd half collapse proved to me that the brief break for 2nd was vital to get back enough energy for the task, and us pipping Raith on the final day for 2nd was crucial. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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