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  1. Good morning CQN

     

     

    Glad Ange got his first competitive win

     

     

    High-risk philosophy of playing with the high press requires committing the entire team to attack, leaving two center backs who have hardly any game time together with the responsibility to defend our defensive third of the pitch, West Ham reveled in that space as will others, I wish Ange the best of luck he will need it if we are going to continue defending with that strategy

     

     

    My team for Saturday would see a more balanced approach, I would play a 3-4-3

     

     

    Welsh Starfelt Murray

     

     

    Bitton

     

    Mccarthy McGregor

     

    Christie

     

     

    Abada Kyogo Forrest

     

     

    Have a good day

  2. the weekend beckons……….

     

    delighted for the Bhoys………….glad that Ange and the fledgling group of players can relax a little and hopefully gel into a unit.

     

     

    Lots of positives all over the park, and the improvers still very obvious to all of Timdom.

     

     

    A big bustlin’ goalscorer and a big formidable defender ( who we’d all recognise) in the door and I’m a happy bunny.

     

     

    Onwards!

  3. !!Bada Bing!! on

    No idea why we were caught up the park 3-1 up….Ralston in no man’s land, see the game out….

  4. !!BADA BING!! on 6TH AUGUST 2021 8:34 AM

     

    No idea why we were caught up the park 3-1 up….Ralston in no man’s land, see the game out….

     

     

    ——-

     

     

    Notwithstanding that you are correct in pointing out the error. If we had seen the game out we would have a 2 goal lead. As it is we have a 2 goal lead.

     

     

    And the way we played we could easily have a 4 goal lead if Turnbull, Abada and Kyogo in particular had done better.

     

     

    I’m more happy winning by scoring more goals than the opposition in a high scoring game than winning 1-0.

  5. I know it’s an optical illusion but doesn’t the white (mostly) away strip make the team look faster and leaner.

     

     

    Also great for contrast when watching on TV

  6. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Ali McCann had a great game for St Johnstone last night, one to consider, great energy for 90 minutes, all over the pitch.

  7. “Seeing the game out” – exactly…….

     

     

    A bit of game sense needs to be practiced. it’s a long old season.

     

     

    what we have we hold!

     

     

    :)

     

     

    HH

  8. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SS- a few ifs and buts in there my friend, 3-1 away from home was there to be protected, IF it finished 3-2 ,would be a different game next week HH

  9. in ither news…………..

     

     

    Shortie relegates 6 goal Euro outing for us to bit-part also-ran on its sport landing page…….

     

     

    They’re obviously all St Johnstone fans,…….

     

     

    Oh aye.

  10. We brought on 3 subs last night, who on paper were every bit as good as what they were replacing.

     

    But what we got was Eddy being his usual disinterested self. Rogic too slow to move the ball on and getting caught in possession.

     

    Only Christie, who I am not a fan of , contributed anything. Whether Christie wants away or not . You can’t criticise his effort.

  11. If I’m head of la liga, I don’t want to see Messi leave Spain. I suspect this has some way to go yet.

  12. I couldn’t understand why we turned down an interest free multi million pound loan repayable over twenty years, until I read this;

     

     

    “ New details of the deals show senior management at the clubs are banned from collecting bonuses and above-inflation pay rises until the money is paid back.”

  13. AN DÚN on 6TH AUGUST 2021 9:43 AM

     

     

    Putting aside the lazy assumption about fat cat pay and bonuses it makes perfect sense for us not to take up the credit facility if we already have access to one that doesn’t hamstring the business like that

  14. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Good morning all.

     

     

    Bit of a rollercoaster yesterday but enjoyable nonetheless.

     

     

    Let’s get the negatives out of the way first

     

    (as a courtesy to the troller who has taken up residence – he can scroll past the rest).

     

     

    Defensive set up (back 7) poor.

     

     

    I have a sneaky suspicion Ange is partly challenging them to suffer a little while THEY figure it out – rather than compromising his attacking instincts with a tighter formation.

     

     

    Attack to Defence transition.

     

     

    Inverted full backs are all wonderful.

     

     

    But if play breaks down in midfield unexpectedly … we need them to be very fast and fit to get back deep AND wide quickly to get into a defensive set and stop crosses. (Most, not all, of the danger yesterday came from wide positions)

     

     

    Soro had a poor game. Offered very little protection to an already unstable back four.

     

     

    Physically we look a bit feeble still. A number of players took standard bangs and got up with that “Mammy, he hit me!” look on their coupons.

     

     

    Man up. Retaliate first. Collectively get in the ref’s ear.

     

     

    The positives …..

     

     

    Gradual increments only but evidence of more trust in Ange’s system. Players are going longer into games before forgetting their drills and reverting to old ways.

     

     

    Goals out of nothing ( the kind I love).

     

     

    None of that “bore them to sleep with 60 lateral passes 25-40 yards out” rubbish.

     

     

    1st – pass, cross, shot, FAST rebound, GOAL

     

     

    2nd – diagonal run from CB, run, pass, touch, dink, GOAL

     

     

    3rd – wide guy holds full back deep, onside run, some touches, shot, save, rebound, GOAL

     

     

    4th – absolutely out of nothing! Low percentage lob forward, cross into an area strongly attacked by Christie. No thinking involved – bang. GOAL.

     

     

    We’ll score a lot of these this season.

     

     

    Work to do but promising.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

     

     

    We’re Not Half of Anything

     

     

    19-1

     

     

    We share a city AND NOTHING ELSE

  15. !!BADA BING!! on 6TH AUGUST 2021 8:34 AM

     

    No idea why we were caught up the park 3-1 up….Ralston in no man’s land, see the game out….

     

    …………………

     

     

    I was screaming at the telly at that point for us just to hold the ball and retain possession. Just before it Jamesie gave up possession by attempting a first time pass from the wing into their box with the outside of his boot. We keep playing risky passes in the final minutes of games instead of killing the game.

     

     

    Having said that I am delighted for Ange and the players. We should have scored 8 but to score 4 goals away in Europe is very good. We played some super football but between now and the end of the transfer window, I would spend my money on solid, reliable defenders, 6’ 14.5” tall with a bloody minded attitude. I would then look to strengthen midfield and attack in future windows.

  16. It is very clear that our frontline is now very quick and mobile.

     

     

    Our midfield is working its socks off.

     

     

    Neither fullnacks have the physical attributes i.e energy levels or pace to do the job in current system. That is before considering the actual footballing techniques/ skillset required.

     

     

    Even taking in consideration team shape and style poor positioning at the base of midfield is allowing easy overload out wide I.e. soro is not a natural defensive midfielder who covers gaps left behind by others when the team moves forward, he likes to be more involved. I do like his high energy.

     

     

    Based on our current signings and the fact I think mccarthy will be able to operate very effectively at the base of the midfield. We still need a leftback, rightback and centreback I’m the door.

     

     

    That is before anymore players leave I.e. still expect eduard and christie to move on and will need replaced. Think o’connor, connell, henderson, boli and barkas will likely be sold or go on loan too.

     

     

    Hope the board are listening to Ange, he has not exactly left them in any doubt about his wishes to date.

     

     

    HH

  17. It would be great if Christie signed an extension. He is (according to articles on Ange) the archetypal Ange player.

     

     

    Seeing the improvements in CalMac and Christie compared to last season is great. Just shows what competent coaching can do.

     

     

    Still a huge shopping list imo – 3 additions additions back 4; left winger; one striker (minimum) and another midfielder if we lose Christie.

     

     

    AngeBall is going to be entertaining, if nothing else!

  18. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    SuperBru picks in

     

     

    5 nil to the Hoops :-))

     

     

    (Maybe 5-2 would have been more sensible)

     

     

    HH

     

    BGFC

  19. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    MACCARGO @ 9:36 am

     

     

    Lol. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. SG bean counters might as well start qualifying their accounts now … cos Sevco’s loan will NOT be repaid.

     

     

    As for the bonus and pay rise clauses?

     

     

    Aye right. Good luck enforcing that one.

     

     

     

    Stephbhoy67 @ 10:24 am

     

     

    With you on the full backs.

     

     

    I was loathe to mention them by name earlier as they are, in part, victims of a systemic problem (and I quite like Ralston).

     

     

    Regardless though, neither he nor Greg Taylor are the answer. Both need upgraded.

  20. Can anyone tell me if young Welsh is an actual centre back, I seem to remember reading something that said he was a full back.

     

     

    D :)

  21. DAVID66

     

     

    Yes, played most of his game in the “wee team” at right back, por cierto

  22. Multi-Moniker Villain on

    SONSOFERIN. I wonder what the people at Olympiacos, who are already unhappy at Madhun’s handling of the game, would think if they knew that he is not a disinterested party, being a well known fan of the Ibrox club and ex member of The Salmon Leap Rangers Supporters bus with a season ticket to Snake Mountain.

  23. Multi-Moniker Villain on

    Not only should Madhun not be allowed anywhere near a hun game, but he should be barred from any contest where his unique style of refereeing would in any way favour the huns, eg by disadvantaging future or existing opponents.