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  1. DAVIDOPOULOS

     

     

    You only have to look at Switzerland to see how badly managed the game in Scotland is:))

     

     

    I came her 18 years ago and it was a backwater, they had a couple of players who played abroad, now most of their National team play in the bigger leagues, France Italy Germany and England. Basel went down to Lisbon last night and got their result last 16:((

     

     

    They invested in the game while we stood around at Hampden wondering what the huns were doing and how we could assist them.

     

     

    Rips my knitting to see how the SFA have systematically undermined the game here..

  2. M6BHOY @ 8.40

     

     

    Sorry for delay in replying – work gets in the way!

     

     

    What you say is true but I was referring more to the mistakes we make on the pitch. Giving the ball away when under no pressure, failing to hit the target when we have a clear sight of goal and lapses in concentration are all areas we have been poor in for most of the last 45 years. If we finally learned these basics we would be a lot less easy to beat than we are.

     

     

    Jimbo67

  3. Not great last night at all, but slagging the players all the time will do nothing for confidence.

     

    Realism is needed. We DO play in a Mickey Mouse league against Mickey Mouse teams and players, and we are the best of that lot by a country mile, BUT, that doesn’t make us world beaters.And we certainly are not that.

     

    Anderlecht is a team who is far superior to anything we play in Scotland and until our home opposition improves, we will not. Playing better teams than ourselves will eventually improve us.Really, how can we get better when we are not stretched at home ever. We can’t, simple.

     

    Get out of Scotland is the only answer sadly.

     

     

    KINGLuBO

  4. The only excuse I can come up with for last night is that the players were caught between a rock and a hard place. They were more intent in not losing 3 – 0, than trying to win the game. That seemed to make too many of them nervous. Too many lost confidence. They couldn’t even play their normal game properly. Almost all of them couldn’t pass to a team-mate. Hardly any of them showed to receive a pass anyway. Worrying stuff.

     

    Seeing James Forrest playing at right back for much of the second half, helping Lustig, who should be accustomed to playing at this level but was very poor last night, summed up the evening for me.

     

     

    We had no one, apart from Ntcham, who was very good, imo, in the second half taking the game to Anderlecht. Thank Ghod for Broonie, who was excellent, throughtout. He did the work of 3 or 4 players in the first half.

     

     

    How you instill self-belief and confidence in to players is beyond my ken. Thank Ghod, I’m not the manager.

     

     

    At the end of the day, we have achieved our hope: European football after Christmas.

     

     

    Let’s hope the players give a better account of themselves.

  5. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Starry,

     

     

    I posted last night on how football Outwith Scotland is refereed and how this reflects on the skill levels of players.

     

     

    The Hot Potato style of ball retention is not an issue.

     

    The SFA , as in everything wrong in the game, are responsible for how our game is played.

     

    They share that responsibility the the Coaching Courses they run.

     

     

    If we can filter last night’s malfunction to one thing, I suggest it was that we would grab the initiative from the start, go for the early goal and kill the tie.

     

    The team selection was set up to play on the front foot, with little regard for defence.

     

    Armstrong on his best day is not a defensive midfielder, nor is Mc.Gregor.

     

     

    Anderlecht grabbed the game from the first minute and rarely let it go

     

     

    Team selection caused our problems and substitutions plus our superior fitness dug us out of them.

     

     

    Hard day at night school all round.

  6. Off to bed –

     

     

    Up half the night watching the cricket — Easy for Australia — England simply dont have it when the conditions don’t offer lateral movement and the opposition have significantly better bowlers .(particularly in these conditions )..

     

     

    I then watched Bayern 3 – PSG 1 .. PSG do not have a great defence . Very vulnerable . . Alves played like he was half asleep after a hard night down the night club ..I’m sure the other big boys have taken note

  7. BGFC from last night – excellent post.

     

     

    Regards distribution from the goalkeeper, our players have to smarten up and make themselves available to receive the ball to feet. Not only that, but they need to be comfortable with the situation and demonstrate composure when they do so. Continually giving the ball away and putting the defence and GK under pressure only leads to bad outcomes.

  8. JIMBO67 on 6TH DECEMBER 2017 11:01 AM

     

    M6BHOY @ 8.40

     

     

    Sorry for delay in replying – work gets in the way!

     

    What you say is true but I was referring more to the mistakes we make on the pitch. Giving the ball away when under no pressure, failing to hit the target when we have a clear sight of goal and lapses in concentration are all areas we have been poor in for most of the last 45 years. If we finally learned these basics we would be a lot less easy to beat than we are.

     

    Jimbo67

     

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    You are right to point out that the team is more prone to unforced errors when playing European opposition and they should be able to learn from that. The problem is – if they haven’t learnt to be comfortable on the ball even when under pressure and make more accurate passes then it’s probably already too late for most of them. They are often rushed into bad passes because they are so dependent on their stronger foot. Clever opponents know this so try and force them onto their weaker foot.

     

     

    I remember in the days of the old Liverpool boot-room when they were looking at potential signings. The first thing they looked for, no matter what position they played in, was can the player make and receive a pass with either foot? If the concensus view was they couldn’t , they moved onto to the next target.

     

     

    Some of our supporters regard Kieran Tierney as being or approaching world class. This is errant nonsense. He is obviously very good and has immense potential but is so one-footed it is painful. If he works in this area of his game then he could go on to be one of Scotland’s greats but working on our weaknesses is not something we are particularly good at as a rule.

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