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St Mirren scored a late equaliser today to get a share of the points against Ayr United at Somerset Park.

After the match St Mirren manager Alex Rae looked back on the ninety minutes. He said: “If you don’t defend a simple ball into the back post you’re going to become unstuck and we didn’t do that again. I want us to be a wee bit braver on the ball. It looks like we’re asking them to shell the ball and we done some stuff in the last couple of days about playing the lines because we felt as if we could get joy by doing that and we’re just shelling balls up. It’s just a wee bit of a [lack of] confidence – taking the easy option – but I’m pleased we got the point but it’s nowhere near acceptable.

“One of the things that gives you confidence is how you are playing yourself. When you’re getting on the ball and passing the ball. At no point have we told the boys to start shelling the ball. There’s the odd diagonal that might be effective when it is up to John Sutton but it becomes an easy option.

“We tried to utilise Ryan [Hardie’s] pace in behind and when we get the service into him he just sets it on a plate.

“We wanted to be brave. We played three at the back and wanted to try and take the game to Ayr.”

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Hopefully there was an inspiring post match interview today.

He's really good at them right?

Perhaps he should make his punditary role at BT full time?

Then we won't inconvenience him in his quest to follow the new club around the country.

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3 minutes ago, paul torfason said:

shell it..what a dick.taxi for Rae...a see alloa took 4 off Albion rovers away from home,but Rae in pde said very tough game and good team....AYE.........clown

Wonder if we'll be brave against them. 

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19 hours ago, paul torfason said:

shell it..what a dick.taxi for Rae...a see alloa took 4 off Albion rovers away from home,but Rae in pde said very tough game and good team....AYE.........clown

So who have we got that's playing well and full of confidence just now, as we seek to thump Rovers away? When you've won every compritive game you've played this season (Alloa) your confidence is high and more often than not you also get more of the lucky breaks than when you are struggling.

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On 27/08/2016 at 9:22 PM, TopCat said:

Hopefully there was an inspiring post match interview today.

He's really good at them right?

Perhaps he should make his punditary role at BT full time?

Then we won't inconvenience him in his quest to follow the new club around the country.

Didn't you think Danny Lennon was shite...........?

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Langfield, Naismith, Baird, Mallan, Morgan, McLear all I think had deals for this year before Rae came in.

He gave Morgan a new contract a few weeks ago - to much fanfare. McLear is a youth player who was sent out on loan to Stirling Albion last year.

Realistically he can only claim that Naismith, Mallan (who's our best player), Langfield (our reserve goalie) and Baird aren't 'his' players.

That interview just reeks of desperation. He knows he's a man who's up against it and he's frantically trying to blame someone else.

The reality is our poor start to the season is all his fault. He knows this, the fans know this and the BOD knows this. If he doesn't turn it around in September he will be gone by the start of October.

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30 minutes ago, TopCat said:

He gave Morgan a new contract a few weeks ago - to much fanfare. McLear is a youth player who was sent out on loan to Stirling Albion last year.

Realistically he can only claim that Naismith, Mallan (who's our best player), Langfield (our reserve goalie) and Baird aren't 'his' players.

That interview just reeks of desperation. He knows he's a man who's up against it and he's frantically trying to blame someone else.

The reality is our poor start to the season is all his fault. He knows this, the fans know this and the BOD knows this. If he doesn't turn it around in September he will be gone by the start of October.

says the guy who campaigned to get rid of Danny Lennon and give Tommy Craig and Ian Murray until Christmas, but when Rae fixes Murray's mess he gets less time next season?

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says the guy who campaigned to get rid of Danny Lennon and give Tommy Craig and Ian Murray until Christmas, but when Rae fixes Murray's mess he gets less time next season?




He's not a new manager, September will be his 9th full month in the job. Longer than either Murray or Craig got.

Not too hard to understand really.

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4 minutes ago, TopCat said:

 

 


He's not a new manager, September will be his 9th full month in the job. Longer than either Murray or Craig got.

Not too hard to understand really.

 

 

He had a fair amount of rebuilding to do, and some players who were still under contract until this summer. A quarter of the first team squad has been out injured during the first 4 games. I don't think he was blaming other people either in the interview, he takes responsibility and says he signed half the players on the pitch.

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He had a fair amount of rebuilding to do, and some players who were still under contract until this summer. A quarter of the first team squad has been out injured during the first 4 games. I don't think he was blaming other people either in the interview, he takes responsibility and says he signed half the players on the pitch.



Every one of our managers has had rebuilding to do.

The excuses aren't washing. He needs to turn it around quickly or he will be out. He will know this as well as anyone.

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St Mirren manager Alex Rae was relieved to see his side make it to the last 16 of the IRN-BRU Cup this afternoon having fought back from a two goal deficit against Albion Rovers in Coatbridge.

He said after the match: “We’re just pleased to be in the next round. The positives are we have got Rocco [Quinn] some minutes and Gary [MacKenzie] some minutes and we had an opportunity to look at one or two things and we’ll assess over the next couple of days, when we watch the footage again, what we can take from it.”

Saints found themselves behind early and the manager is looking for better from his players. He said: “The fact of the matter is if you defend like that it leaves a lot to be desired. We need to do so much better. I’m not wanting to pull the wool over anybody’s eyes, it is nowhere near what we are looking for.

“It [the return of Quinn and MacKenzie making his debut] gives us options as obviously we are a wee bit short on the ground but we need to dig in because we are playing through a patch just now that is becoming difficult.”

Under-20 player Andrew McDonald had his first outing as a first team player. Alex said of McDonald: “We wanted to have a look at him as he done well through the week with the reserves [under-20 side] and it gave us an opportunity to see him.”

With the game going to extra-time it was a long debut outing for MacKenzie who also played through the week.

Alex said: “He played 75 minutes in the reserves the other day, we thought we may well have got it done by 90 minutes but obviously had to play another 30 which wasn’t ideal because it runs the risk of injury but it’s in the bank now and so that is a positive.”

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3 minutes ago, TopCat said:

Another passionate post match interview today?

Saints continue to wait for their first win of the league season after losing to Queen of the South. Manager Alex Rae gives his thoughts.

He said: “We’re obviously in a difficult place. We’re conceding goals with considerable ease at the moment and it’s not the young ones, it’s the senior ones who are causing the problems. Unfortunately we’re making it very difficult for ourselves. We equalised and we allow them to just waltz up the pitch unopposed and get a tap in. It’s extremely disappointing.

“We created a couple of chances in the first half where their keeper pulled off a couple of decent saves. We need to remain positive. When I was at Dundee, we started the season exactly the same the opening five games without a win and we finished third so we know we can turn it round.”

Today’s results means Saints are now bottom of the table and the fans made their displeasure known during and after the match. The manager added: “I can understand people’s frustration, I’m as frustrated as anyone. This has got nothing to do with tactics, this is purely down to individuals who, unfortunately, are crumbling under a bit of pressure.”

 

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Saints continue to wait for their first win of the league season after losing to Queen of the South. Manager Alex Rae gives his thoughts.

He said: “We’re obviously in a difficult place. We’re conceding goals with considerable ease at the moment and it’s not the young ones, it’s the senior ones who are causing the problems. Unfortunately we’re making it very difficult for ourselves. We equalised and we allow them to just waltz up the pitch unopposed and get a tap in. It’s extremely disappointing.

“We created a couple of chances in the first half where their keeper pulled off a couple of decent saves. We need to remain positive. When I was at Dundee, we started the season exactly the same the opening five games without a win and we finished third so we know we can turn it round.”

Today’s results means Saints are now bottom of the table and the fans made their displeasure known during and after the match. The manager added: “I can understand people’s frustration, I’m as frustrated as anyone. This has got nothing to do with tactics, this is purely down to individuals who, unfortunately, are crumbling under a bit of pressure.”

 



It is indeed partly down to individual mistakes, but I'm sorry, and there is no doubt whatever about it, it absolutely IS also down to tactics. I can see basic problems on the pitch that ARE down to coaching, and the team selection issues ARE down to the manager and tactics.

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6 minutes ago, SuperSaints 12 said:

Saints continue to wait for their first win of the league season after losing to Queen of the South. Manager Alex Rae gives his thoughts.

He said: “We’re obviously in a difficult place. We’re conceding goals with considerable ease at the moment and it’s not the young ones, it’s the senior ones who are causing the problems. Unfortunately we’re making it very difficult for ourselves. We equalised and we allow them to just waltz up the pitch unopposed and get a tap in. It’s extremely disappointing.

“We created a couple of chances in the first half where their keeper pulled off a couple of decent saves. We need to remain positive. When I was at Dundee, we started the season exactly the same the opening five games without a win and we finished third so we know we can turn it round.”

Today’s results means Saints are now bottom of the table and the fans made their displeasure known during and after the match. The manager added: “I can understand people’s frustration, I’m as frustrated as anyone. This has got nothing to do with tactics, this is purely down to individuals who, unfortunately, are crumbling under a bit of pressure.”

 

A big boy done it and ran away?

Away and gie's peace, Alex!

 

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1 minute ago, zurich_allan said:

 


It is indeed partly down to individual mistakes, but I'm sorry, and there is no doubt whatever about it, it absolutely IS also down to tactics. I can see basic problems on the pitch that ARE down to coaching, and the team selection issues ARE down to the manager and tactics.

Exactly. A guy tying desperately to cling on to a job he doesn't deserve.

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