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  1. I would say the strength of the league has improved over the last 5 or 6 years, starting with Aberdeen improving under McInnes and being able to give Celtic led by Delia a run for their money for the title. Since then the international Rangers have won promotion and reached a similar level as Aberdeen, and last season Hibs hit that same level too. Hearts are also back to a standard you would expect (comfortably top 6) and then Killie under Steve Clarke have performed as a top 4 team. If you go back to the Danny Lennon era, Hibs and Hearts were much much weaker as were Aberdeen and Killie were fellow relegation dodgers with us. St Johnstone have probably stayed a similar strength but now struggle to make the top 6 after having something like 5 years in a row in the top 6 and regularly qualifying for Europe. What does this have to do with St Mirren? We are in a different type of premiership now. Previously there was Celtic and Rangers miles ahead of everyone else and a few teams 20-30 points behind them and then a race to make the last few top 6 places and some of those scrapping into the top 6 might only finish 10 points ahead of the team being relegated. The bottom 6 used to be very tight from 9th to 12th (i.e. very few points separating St Mirren, Killie, Accies, Ross County, Inverness, Dundee - who were often not far away from the Motherwells and St Johnstones making it regularly into the top 6). If we stay up this year, next year we will be in a 4 way scrap with Livi and 2 others to avoid the relegation and play off places and I think for as long as Clarke remains at Killie they will remain a good top 6 side. I don't think Motherwell or St Johnstone will finish in the top 6 again for a while and the best they can hope for will be being comfortably safe by the time of the split.
  2. From the family stand in line with the first penalty shout it looked like a blatant dive by Brophy, and lots of calls for a booking. I thought there was also a totally blatant foul in midfield 10 seconds before Killie scored.
  3. Thought Don Robertson didn't give us any favours tonight, blatant barge in midfield in the build up to the goal.
  4. We had a shot from Erhahon in the first minute of the second half which their keeper dived to save.
  5. He's had a grand total of 8 games with his own squad and that includes the 2 Scottish Cup games and a few games where the transfer window was still open and where we were still hoping to bring players in. He had 18 league games with Stubbs' squad which was usually beaten by half time except against Dundee who helped us out by missing a penalty and a glut of other chances and gifting us a unique winner. Now that Oran has his own squad I don't think it is up for debate who has signed the better squad, and which team looks capable of competing in this league. Last time we played Livi at home they started the game on 1 point for the season and sat below us in the league and they won 0-2 and we didn't get 1 shot on target in the whole game and it was part of a run of games where we were well beaten before half time (Aberdeen, Rangers, Livingston, Hearts).
  6. I didn't claim Paul McGinn was scouted by Gus... I said he had improved since he had competition for his right back berth (instead of being played in midfield when Hodson was a right back due to a shortage of decent midfielders signed by Stubbs).
  7. 3 games in a row unbeaten and first result of the season against Livingston.
  8. Can you name three games in a row where Stubbsy got results against opposition at the same level as us? (Scraping draws against non-league Spartans and League 2 Queen's Park are sadly ineligible).
  9. After the fall out from the defeats against Motherwell and Dundee United, the chairman of Coleraine gave an interview in the print edition of the Daily Record backing Oran Kearney to turn things around at St Mirren. He looked back to a time when Kearney offered to quit at Coleraine after losing I think 9 games on the bounce. His resignation wasn't accepted and he began turning the club around over the next few seasons. The Coleraine chairman mentioned the mess which Oran inherited at St Mirren and claimed that Stubbs hadn't scouted or watched many of the players he signed for St Mirren. One month on from the close of the transfer window, and a few weeks on from the meltdowns after the Hibs, Motherwell and Dundee United games it seems an appropriate time to pay tribute to our director of football and the work which went on from his appointment in Setember until the close of the window to scout and recruit players for the crucial January window. It is looking like the vast majority of players signed in the January window are vast improvements on what Stubbs signed, and probably improvements on what we had under Jack Ross. Hladky, Popescu, Muzek, Lyons, Tansey, McAllister, The Duck have all shown signs of hitting decent forms or improvement as they get match fitness and Dreyer has also sporadically shown some signs that if he gets a run and builds his confidence he could be a useful player as well. Paul McGinn has improved now he has genuine competition for a place in the team and Holmes hasn't been required to deputise for Hladky yet. Take a bow Gus. If we win next week a Jimmy Nicholl appreciation thread may be the order of the day.
  10. Score at Greenhill Road on 25th August, St Mirren 0, Livingston 2 (Hamilton 14; Lithgow, 36) - another game over by half time and a match where Livi started the day below us in the league, and where we registered 0 shots on target in 90 minutes at home against a team who had been promoted along with us.. Stubbs went on to try and sign 38 year old Kenny Miller (unsuccessfully again) for a second time since joining us as manager. Score at Greenhill on 2nd March, St Mirren 1, Livingston 0.... this time round Livi registered 1 shot on target in 90 minutes compared with our 5.
  11. * according to you Jackson should have stayed on the bench to keep our no.9 on the pitch.
  12. I'm sure you'll be the first to congratulate Oran Kearney on another result which compares favourably with the equivalent fixture during the Alan Stubbs era. How did they both get on in their first home game against Livi after the transfer window closed?
  13. Has there not be a special price announced for the family stand for the Dundee game to encourage adults to bring youth groups / schools groups, something up to 10 children with 2 adults for £24?
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