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  1. Has anyone asked the question how Shaughnessy could have won the ball in the circumstances without incurring a red card? Yes, he went in fast and hard - (otherwise he would not have got to the ball first) - but can the officials state what Shaughnessy could have done differently? They might argue for example that his studs were showing when he made contact with Stewart - but could this have been avoided given the height of the ball at the time - ie. a couple of feet off the ground? His 'momentum' resulted in the collision which sounds better than 'follow through' - which suggests some deliberate intent was involved.
  2. Jim was quoted last week as acknowledging that his tactics against the better teams were perhaps too negative and constrained last season . Old habits die hard apparently.
  3. We were in the 'danger' zone last season for a very good reason. This season we have arguably strengthened the defence - but are weaker up front. The jury is still out as to our midfield but we regularly come out second best in that area as well - even against the likes of Livi at home. This does not bode well for the season ahead.
  4. Is this the best we can play? If so, there's not much hope for the rest of the season.
  5. If we can't control the midfield against Livi at home what chance have we at Ibrox?
  6. It was only a matter of time - playing with this usual negative attitude.
  7. To my shame - I'm watching this on Rangers TV. It's been live for nearly 30 minutes but only at 5 minutes before kickoff is the opposition mentioned. In this time of livestream football TV - this will work both ways. When the 2 ugly sisters visit Paisley their fans will no doubt be purchasing livestream from St Mirren TV. COYS
  8. Welcome to St Mirren Marcus. However, I note that according to JG, he is (another) "leader". I hope it's not a case of too many chiefs and not enough indians. Do we have an established LB signed yet?
  9. Ethan has plenty of natural footballing ability and should be competing in a midfield role this coming season. He just needs to add a bit of aggression in his play to become the next of our academy 'discoveries'. Similarly, Jack Baird should also be ready to compete for one of the CB positions. However, he needs to improve his distribution and concentration.
  10. The scene is set for a Saints v Hearts semi-final/final. Bring it on!
  11. On the subject of the BBC sports coverage - this game was not even mentioned on their UK wide sporting highlights. Could you imagine this happening if such a match had been played south of the Scottish border?
  12. Obviously (like Thommo) the BBC did not consider the cup tie worthy of TV commentary since the 2 ugly sisters were not involved - as it looks like they 'borrowed' the footage from either the Motherwell or St Mirren TV!
  13. Dr Jekyll first half - Mr Hyde second half. Or put it another way - positive attacking first half - negative holding tactics second half. There can only be one winner now. (Hope I'm wrong).
  14. With an Irish manager and 2 Irish players - we are now applying 'Reilly's Law'. Dispose of 2 defenders when we didn't really need to and then lose 2 defenders through injury. And hey presto we have a crisis. Surprise surprise!
  15. Our striking options to Obika/Morias must be woeful in training or not fit enough. Either way - it's not encouraging. And the less said about tonight's formation the better.
  16. As I posted on another thread - who will turn up tonight - Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde? Now we know the answer!
  17. Surely a half fit Chabbi or Jakubiak would have given us more of a goal threat than Morias or Obika? Then maybe not!
  18. It's on Alba at 22:00 Thanks for that LPM - although I might not be thanking you later.
  19. It would'nt be St Mirren if we won this "six pointer".
  20. We got the Dr Jekyll version against Hibs and it was a joy to watch but I feel it was down to a lack of concentration on MacPherson and/or Durmus' part (2 of our best performers on the day) for their failure pick up Scott Allan in the middle of the park thus allowing him acres of room to set up the move for his goal. This lack of concentration was not down to the tactics being applied and neither was it in the case of Hibs' second goal when Morias failed to control the ball just outside our 18 yard line. Mistakes or lack of concentration can be punished anywhere on the park but if you are parked in your own penalty box that's where they are likely to occur.
  21. Which team would you like to see turn up at most matches? The team which performed v Hibs (especially in the first half) or the one which competed against Aberdeen - ie positive or negative tactics? Hamilton were really stretching Celtic yesterday with their adventurous play until the red card and gave an indication that they could be a very real attacking threat to us on Wednesday evening. They 'say' they will attack, as a draw is not much use to them, but will they try to frustrate us with negative defensive tactics and hit on the break (like we do against the 'bigger teams)? Does defensive tactics not just pass the initiative to the other team or is there a place and time for parking the bus? My own view is that a negative/defensive approach might help the goal difference but achieve little else in terms of points gained..
  22. Having witnessed our strikers' latest attempts at trying to score goals, I can only assume Cody Cooke must be less than impressive at training!
  23. Not on "the tranny" but currently on BT Sport - Hayden Coulson, playing at LB for Middlesborough v Tottenham Hotspur.
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