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  1. The first goal was always going to crucial with two teams understandably low on confidence. We got it and went on to win comfortably. St Johnstone may well play worse than they did in the first half next week and win. FWIW for all those bizarrely wishing to overlook McGinn’s contribution I suggest going back and watching the 90 mins again. After a quiet opening 30 mins (as with the rest of the team) he played a significant role working the ball through the middle and was always available to take it from the defence. He also didn’t give possession away once. I liked the balance between him and Foley (who seemed to get further upfield yesterday) and this will give Goodwin a nice selection headache for next week if Flynn is fit.
  2. They were the better side for opening half hour and we were struggling to get a foothold in the game but the goal changed everything. We suddenly had a spring in our step and we’re driving forward. Obika was a handful and Magennis and Foley were excellent. Needless to say we were defensively solid and big Kirky looks like he could play another 10 years at this level. It’s a good three points and we need to take encouragement from it for the coming matches.
  3. Against teams that come at us (Hibs, Aberdeen and Rangers this season) Goodwin’s counter attacking strategy will have more success and subsequently Andreu will have more of an influence. However, when we come up against teams like Accies and Livvy you need to get the ball forward quickly or you allow them to funnel back into their defensive shape and you have less space to operate in. Accies did it to Celtic last week with the obvious quality they have so it was always going to be difficult for us. If we only want one up top it needs to be Obika and get the two wide men on with Magennis replacing Andreu in the middle so we’re at least competing in there. You also won’t score goals if you’ve got one wee guy in the box so we need the midfield to get their arses in there and take a f**king chance.
  4. Goodwin has to take his share of responsibility for that pish. In the second half, against 10 men, we maintained a back four and two holding midfielders. We are painfully slow getting it forward and when we eventually do the delivery is f**king honking. I hate Hamilton because they spoil every game I see them play but they’ll be safe come the end of the season and, on the evidence of the last 6 games, we will not.
  5. Agreed. We have a finite budget and would find it difficult to have the required cover at every position. We’ve got players who can cover but there will be a drop off in quality. Let’s just hope we don’t lose anyone to a long term injury.🤞
  6. Livi have an established format for how they play. That hasn’t changed in about 4 years and when players leave they just go and get others with the same attributes. Whether we like it or not it’s effective and they don’t f**k about with it either. Long ball and feed off the scraps and they are very good at it but they’ve got a few decent players too. We, on the other hand, take waaaaay too many passes to get it forward and when we do we want to play too many passes before we put the ball in the box. The second half was much better but we really need a result against County in two weeks or a familiar pattern is going to emerge.
  7. Squad maybe but if he gets anywhere near the team then we’re truly f**ked.
  8. Listening to Goody’s post match interview that seemed to be the tactic.
  9. Probably because we know he’s pish and wouldn’t be able to hurt us irrespective of how much of the ball he had.
  10. No mate, if you play the percentage game we’d lose more than we’d win and a horsing, even against a good team, can be damaging for morale. Like I said, we won’t set up like that against the teams around us in the league and we’ll bother those teams with the quality we have.
  11. If it’s that easy then how do you explain all the f**king thrashings that teams routinely get when playing the best sides? We won’t play the same way against the teams around us but if we play like this against the better sides, keep it close and have a chance to take something from the game then I’m ok with it. The alternative is that you open up, have a go and leave gaps that the good sides will exploit and punish you.
  12. Three games in and we are significantly better than anyone probably thought when we were toiling in the League Cup. Goody has us well organised and compact. There’s a dig about this team that I really like and I think we have a real chance to challenge for the “top” of the bottom 6 this season. Only 1 goal conceded from open play in 3 games against some of the better sides in the league. Let’s see if we can remain as defensively stout whilst being more adventurous over the next 3 games.
  13. Two good additions. I’d have wanted another striker too, however, if Cooke only out three months now then we’re probably ok as we’ll only play one up top anyway. Good work by everyone to add to the obvious quality of the four on show at Easter Road last week.
  14. I find that unlikely as I was in the old Love Street end with my Dad (a lifelong blue nose) and that part of the ground was full of Rangers fans. I remember cheering our second goal just on half time (McGarvey, I think?) and my old man almost getting into a fight with some idiot shouting abuse at his 8 year old son. I guess they’ll have had the Caledonia end and part of the Northbank so they probably outnumbered Saints fans by about 2-1. Was a big crowd that day, probably about 25,000 and I’ve only seen anything more than 10,000 Saints fans for a Euro night or big cup match. Might be wrong though.
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