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  1. 10 minutes ago, bazil85 said:

    8 goals in 17 at League 1 Level is positive for a player of his age but it hardly means he’s ready for regular (full time) football 2 levels above that. I can only remember one game (away to Rangers) when we were struggling for two available strikers. He’d have likely been on the bench the rest of the time. He’s almost certainly getting valuable competitive football this season.  
     

    It’s always a balancing act when playing youth & experience. We have got it right more often than not over the years when you look at our academy production.
     

    Doubt Reid & Offord are ready for the level we are playing at yet & Henderson had been unlucky with the first 11 playing well for most of this season. Erhahon representing in the first team this season which is positive. 

    Erhahon has been in the team for almost five years and has played under four different managers, he's one of our most experienced players :lol: I didn't say he would or should be starting or even playing every week. My point is it would be better for us and him if he was in the first team squad getting minutes as and when instead of scoring goals against binmen in League 1 - which we already knew he was capable of doing. 

    I was expecting - and indeed Robinson said - that more youngsters would get minutes this season. Instead the opposite has happened, the youth players that were getting minutes previously now aren't, and there's no sign of anyone else breaking through. Pity!

  2. On 12/2/2022 at 9:53 AM, bazil85 said:

    Surely the idea to loan him out can be seen as nothing but a success? We have likely four forward options ahead of him in the senior squad, he's clearly benefited from consistent, first team football. 

    He's playing in League 1, a level we know he's good more than enough for given his exploits with Clyde. All of our strikers have been missing with injuries and/or suspensions at some point this season, he'd have been better staying and getting minutes in the Premiership. We are learning nothing with him scoring goals for Airdrie. 

    Like our other up and coming academy stars Henderson, Reid and Offord he's been bombed out completely.  It's a pity. 

  3. 2 hours ago, StanleySaint said:

    I believe that, had the playoff fixtures been the other way round Wales wouldn't have laid a glove on Ukraine an emotional situation for them and I think they ran out of steam against Wales and that was a far from convincing Welsh performance either. Regarding England, Southgate will not want them to drop a point or performance and they will beat Wales much as it pains me to say it. Wales are having the kind of tournament we usually have.

    Maybe, we will never know. What we can say for certain is that Wales qualified for their third tournament out the last four, while we're sat at home. Southgate is a pragamatist and it's worked well for him in tournaments. Takes me back to the Scotland game at Wembley in Euro 2020, he wasn't caught up in the 'beating Scotland' hype train. He knew a point in that game got them through and he was absolutely fine with seeing the game out as a 0-0. They topped the group and then they made the final. He won't be the least bit arsed about the result in the Wales game if they've won the group, beat USA tonight and top spot is assured. 

  4. 7 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

    Not quite sure why you could even contemplate they will beat England if you've watched them. 

    As usual, you're covering your arse with almost every possible outcome. :lol

    See ye next week............................or maybe not. :lol:

    What a bizarre exchange, as usual :lol:

     

  5. 7 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

    Again, you seem to be ignoring the fact Wales have been shite, THAT'S the point.

    I'm well aware England might rest a few players but if you look at their squad you will see that even a complete change of 11 players would see them beat Wales. 

    Time will tell, I'm sure you'll be back after the England v Wales game if Wales get pumped, although that's not usually your style. :lol:

    Well they've drawn with USA and beat Ukraine and Austria to get there. I wish we were shite like them :lol:

    England will not only rest players their whole attitude will (understandably) be to avoid injuries and suspensions for the latter stages. Up against a highly motivated Welsh team that could quite easily end up with a Wales win. I'm not saying it will, i am saying they are certainly not out yet and it wouldn't surprise me if they got through. 

  6. 2 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

    Did you watch them this morning, and even against the USA?

    Nothing is impossible in fitba, we all know that, but the chances of them beating England is close to impossible.

     

    Yes. The point is England will already be group winners by that point (assuming they beat the USA) and will of course not be the least bit arsed about the Wales game. Plenty teams will be knocked out after two games, Wales aren't one of them. 


  7. After the disappointing winless run going into the World Cup break, it's vital we hit the ground running on our return if we are to keep in touch with the race for top six. We have five games in a furios 16 days, all of them winnable? The issue is four of them are away from home, and we have lost every single away game this season, that wasn't at Tannadice, and none of these are. If our road form doesn't improve drastically we will be in trouble come the 3rd of January. 
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    How many points will we get from this run? I'm going to go for seven. Beat Aberdeen at home, win at Rugby Park and take a point at Fir Park. Lose at Tynecastle and the Spaghettihad.  Should be six minimum IMO, anything less than that and it's hard to see a route to top six. Ten or more and we are in dreamland. Cast your vote!

  8. On 10/22/2022 at 10:18 AM, TopCat said:

    I'd take six points from those five games now if offered tbh, would have that as the par return. Less than that and we will be looking backwards during the world cup break. More than six points and we are all but safe and going to EUROPE (probably)

    Five points it was and feel we are looking backwards now. One win in seven, no wins in the last four, the form is poor and we have four away games in our next five. Let's hope we can get back to winning ways soon!

  9. 1 hour ago, saint in exile said:

    7 goals in 39 league games for us. Proven goalscorer? You're having a laugh.

    Yes he is. He's scored goals at this level for other teams not just us - Accies and Killie. He's a proven goal scorer at this level. His eight appearances this season have been short cameos off the bench, such as the one on Wednesday. To compare him with our two starting strikers, Main has three goals in 40 appearances for us and Ayunga has never scored more than six in a league season anywhere. His figures aren't great due to injuries, but he's quite clearly the best goal scorer we have. 

    15 minutes ago, Callum Gilhooley said:

    Like every player who joins Saints, I wish them success. Unfortunately for me it’s simply not happened for Brophy - mixture of injury , injury, lack of form & injury has hampered him .

    As for the bit in Bold ? Really ?    He is a Scotland squad Striker only in the same way that Gary Kenneth was a Scotland Squad Defender …. Naebody else was available !! 
     

    It’s looking like Brophys legacy when he leaves us is that he replaced Kyle Magennis as  the custodian of the Craig Dargo memorial treatment table for a significant spell. 
     

    With regards to nobody else being available, that's exactly how international football works, especially with Scotland who aren't exactly blessed with depth in the forward areas. I think he was pretty close to a call up this time last year during his hot streak with us, but Jacob Brown got in ahead of him, precisely because nobody else was available. If he gets fit and scoring again he will be back in the Scotland squad. I'm sure we all hope that happens :)

  10. We are certainly capable of getting something here, Rangers are worse than Celtic, and we dealt with them no problem. The key is not conceding an early goal, like we did at Ibrox. If that happens again we might aswell get back in the changing room and go home early. I'd mix it up a bit, get the full backs a bit deeper and stick an extra man in midfield, let's see if we can avoid conceding a goal from a cross for a change. 

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  11. 35 minutes ago, TPAFKA Jersey 2 said:

    Sorry but I disagree with you. His return on investment has been poor whatever way you cut it and time spent on the treatment table is no excuse. On the contrary, it only adds to the issue.

    And for the record, I don’t hate Brophy at all. I was delighted when we signed him and I’ve wanted him to do well the entire time he’s been with us. However, for me his time is up and we can no longer keep justifying his wages. 

    Like I said, he's had one full season here which he finished as our joint top scorer. I wouldn't rank him anywhere near one of our wort investment of the last ten years, we've signed strikers who haven't scored a single goal for us. There's certainly more to come from him and we can judge his return when he leaves the club. Robbo rates him, he's fit at the moment and he is coming off the bench every game and is getting back match sharpness. With the world cup break coming up, I expect him to come out of it fully fit on the other side be back in the starting 11 before long. Infact, I'd start him tomorrow. 

    Main and Ayunga have two league goals each this season, which is a shocking return given their minutes played. Main's both came in one game at Tannadice, Ayunga's were a consolation penalty at Pittodrie and the fantastic second against Cetic. They aren't scoring enough and if they continue at their current scoring rate they're not even going to match Brophy's injury hit total from last season. We need a proven goal scorer at this level in the team, and we have one in Brophy.

     

  12. 8 hours ago, TPAFKA Jersey 2 said:

    It’s clear from your posts Bud that you are a Brophy fan. I just don’t get where your unwavering faith in him comes from. He’s done next to nothing in his entire time with us and has spent a considerable amount of time injured. 
    He is literally at the top of my list of the “big earners” that I would punt out of the club at the first opportunity. 
    For me he has been pretty much a complete failure. 

    He was our joint top scorer last year with eight goals, which given how much time he spent out is a fantastic return. Complete failure? We've had plenty of signings over the last decade that have been complete failures, he is not one of them.

    He's the only natural goal scorer we have in the squad - perhaps Grieve will be too but not been here long enough yet. The hatred of Brophy amongst a section of support is baffling. Robinson rightly spoke highly of him in the summer and I expect him to play a big part for us in the rest of the season. He has had fitness issues no doubt, and it's because of them he is playing with us. He's a Scotland squad level striker when fit and firing, let's hope we can get him back there. 

  13. Just now, faraway saint said:

    No, it wasn't. We were against a team who'd just beaten Rangers, their 3rd straight win and the goals apart restricted them to next to nothing.

    We were seconds away from a deserved win

     

    Why do you think we deserved to win? They also restricted us to next to nothing goals apart, I don't recall us missing a meaningful chance. Indeed they were the better side until they went down to 10, when they then shut up shop, understandably. It was a dreadful performance against a team who finished 11th last year and had been struggling this season up until recently. If we are going to make top six, these are must win games.

    Despite playing so poorly we should have won the game thanks to an absolute wonder goal. Unfortunately, poor game management by the players and manager cos us. 

  14. 4 minutes ago, faraway saint said:

    Whereas last season we were like Barcelona.  🤣

    We certainly weren't the most direct team in the league by a distance, like we are this season. I have no problem with that style incidentally and it can - and has - worked. I don't go to St Mirren games expecting silky football. Our issue is a lack of plan B and team's are now getting wise to the one style we have. 

  15. 10 hours ago, northstbuddie said:

    Is there a team in this league who is less comfortable on the ball than us?

    It was purely our effort and aggression that got us into a winning position tonight.

    Whilst there were a few good individual performances for the Buddies tonight, our basic inability to keep possession is our biggest single weakness over the season so far, couple with our negative/defensive tactics.

    No there isn't. Robbo has turned us into a hammer throwing long ball side, which has its uses and has led to some good results. It's very one dimensional however, and teams are getting wise to us.

  16. 11 hours ago, faraway saint said:

    We still have a game in hand on two teams above us. 

    Which is at Tynecastle. As anyone who has had the misfortune to witness any of our away games this season will know, the chances of us getting anything there isn't high. A really poor performance and result last night. Top six? Not playing like we have been, no chance. Relegation is more likely. 

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