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  1. Oh he certainly is. The 8 league goals were after 30 games incidentally, we have played 29 now. The 12 goal total haul in his first season came without any in the league cup group stage too - he was signed after it finished. He was certainly capable of putting together a 21st century record goal haul for us in a top flight season that year, sadly COVID got in the way. Main has never and will never hit those kind of numbers. One of my favourite Obika performance was when he ragdolled the Motherwell defence in that famous 4-4 draw, got 2 in the process and scored the winning penalty in the shoot out in the Scottish Cup, not sure why we should discount cup goals. Main has six goals full stop this season, and his failure in front of goal was one of the biggest reasons for our cup disasters. Zero goals against Airdrie and Arbroath FFS. In Obikas stop start injury hit season in 19/20 he got more than Main has now, and Main plays pretty much every minute of every game. Thompsons 16 goal figure also included cup goals, and who could forget those 😍
  2. In the COVID season he was on 12 goals when the season was curtailed eight games early - none of our current strikers are anywhere near that. He was just hitting form and fitness, we will never know but i think there's a decent chance he would have got more than 16 goals that season if it had continued. Which is the most any striker has got for us in a top flight season in a modern era - Thommo got it three seasons in a row. Injury issues affected us in the second season but he still got eight goals, think we made a mistake letting him go when you look at our current strikers numbers. Motherwell fans seem to like him!
  3. What a signing he was, last double figures in a season striker we had.
  4. 31 year old free transfer from Scunthorpe, under contract to 2024. Doubt many bigger clubs will want to pay a fee to sign him. Hugely effective goal scorer at this level though and it's his goals that have taken a terrible Motherwell to safety.
  5. Van Veen at Motherwell is on 18 goals or something this season, if we had a player like that we'd be challenging Hearts for 3rd. We've had four double figures strikers in a top flight season in the last 20 years I think, so they are out there.
  6. Independence has been dead for nearly a decade. If someone as popular and accomplished as Nicola Sturgeon couldn't even deliver a vote, how's a loser like Humza going to do it? Final nail in the coffin. Good!
  7. Yep it's really weird. I'm sure Jay will go on to a have a long and fine career in the game, as they all did.
  8. It was the cup form aswell actually. In the season after we won the cup we went out that same cup to second tier Queen of the South and then got papped out the Scottish early by Dundee Utd. If he had managed a cup run that season he may well have got a new contract. For a club like ours cup runs are a huge part of our season and our budget. We had been consistently making quarter finals - four out the last five including two semis - up until this season, where we made zero. So far this season we have failed in the League Cup, failed in the Scottish Cup (with the caveat of an unlucky draw, but the added caveat of that home shocker against Dundee, where we got very lucky). Top six will certainly make the league campaign a success, let's hope we do it!
  9. He's already a proven creator and scorer of goals at SPFL Premiership level and he's now doing it consistently in the Championship. Pundits, commentators and ICT fans have been praising his performances ever since he went there and he will start in a Scottish Cup Semi final in a few weeks, and his team will be the favourites to win it. The only people that seem keen to talk him down at the moment is a section of our own support - bizarre!
  10. Another superb assist by young jay this evening, live on the telly. Won the ball in midfield, nutmegs a defender then goes around him then puts in a superb ball to be tapped home. What a player!
  11. What other positives are there? Certainly not our away form or our cup performances - both have been terrible. But like you said, our home record in the league has been excellent, a real and tangible positive from this season. We are simply judging Robinson by his own target - he came in and said he wanted to make us a top six club. Let's see if he can reach his own objective. To say 'we have been much worse before' has almost always been true and it was true in the dark days of the 90's too - in 1974 we finished 29th in Scotland!
  12. Do SMISA publish their membership numbers? Would be interesting to see the extent of the decline over the last year or so.
  13. Still haven’t answered the question. Plenty of teams have made top six with smaller budgets than us -Livi have managed it several times - finishing half way up a shan league is hardly something to be proud of, but it’s been the stated aim of the manager since the day he arrived. We are simply judging him by his own standards and objectives. Perfectly reasonable objective too, given we were in the top six the day he walked through the door. Livi’s run in is clearly easier than ours, they don’t even play another top six team much while we have two away games against the top three. If their form is poor then what is ours? We have one win in our last seven - at home County. Livi have two wins in their last seven, at home to Killie and County. I actually think we will beat them in two weeks. Our home form in the league has been the only real positive this season and we’ve already beaten them once in Paisley. I think we beat them in two weeks and they overtake us in the two games after and we go into the final game against Killie needing to better their result.
  14. Didn’t answer the question there 😂 That is certainly true win and we are top six, two points above Livi. Our problem is our two games after that are Tynecastle and Ibrox. Livis final three games are Motherwell, St Johnstone and Dundee Utd So even if we do beat them we are more than likely going into the final game below them in the league looking for favours.
  15. The free agent market in March is really barrel scraping. Reminds me of the time we signed Alan Gow. He looked about six weeks and a pre season away from full fitness. Come May the boy will be match fit, just in time for the season finishing.
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