Lessons learned from Friday experiment


After every experimental line-up (such as Friday’s), it’s tempting to ask what the manager learned from the experience.

The partnerships on the left and right wings didn’t look right.  Emilio Izaguirre didn’t overlap as often as usual and Stuart Armstrong was less effective than normal.  A lack of space impacted the James Forrest-Adam Matthews partnership on the right.  Forrest was manhandled until he switched left or got inside the box, when he was able to play unhindered.

Ineffectiveness on the wings led to the same up front.  Anthony Stokes doesn’t get to play centre forward too often and didn’t really get much of a chance on Friday.  Stokes anonymity was the most glaring aspect of the game but I suspect the responsibility lies elsewhere.

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  1. ciarans dad 2



    17:19 on 5 April, 2015


    Just back from Easter Sunday mass in Texas. Father Drew comments in his sermon ” we will never walk alone” . Both Ciaran and I smile at each other. Hail hail






    Tell Father Drew he made me still too. Thousands of miles away.






    HH jamesgang

  2. embramike says "the Huns are Deid" on

    Religious and political dogmatism has resulted in the deaths of millions of people over the centuries and we are still not, and never will be , any closer to one ‘right’ solution.



    Disagreeing over the merits of Pressley over The Beatles, or who was MotM on Friday is much less contentious and much more suited to keeping this cherised forum a comfortable and non-toxic environment.




  3. Parkheadcumsalford,



    I appreciate your comment – both parts of it.



    On reflection I think that corkcelt got it pretty much spot on (17:25). Freedom of speech gives me the right to say certain things. But I should be careful about how I exercise that right.

  4. Delaneys Dunky on




    Good words wise man.


    Hopefully chat on Wednesday.


    Hail Hail

  5. ciarans dad 2 on




    It was a great service, 1,500 people. My wife who is Hindu even enjoyed.



    Hail hail

  6. the_huddle





    18:00 on



    5 April, 2015



    Cheers for that, couldn’t figure it out it was working fine and then all of a sudden it i had the exclamation point there






  7. What is the Stars on

    Gordon j


    I wouldn’t take any notice of what them cork fellas say


    Though speaking of Cork and Phoenix’ s to go back to your original post. .There used to be a great old pub in Cork called the Phoenix. Twas a great spot for left wing pot smoking types

  8. Gerryfaethebrig on




    My good lady is wary I am “talking” to strangers on the blog, she pointed this out to Lennybhoy last night


    Anybody got any good boozers for our game on Wednesday in Santa Ponsa ? I think that might be rhetorical

  9. IniquitousIV on

    In the Tyneside derby, did anyone notice how shoddy the Newcastle Wonga strips were? Cheap gray material that showed every sweat stain. Possibly the worst strip I’ve ever seen.

  10. gerryfaethebrig



    18:12 on 5 April, 2015



    Aye maybe so mate but I am no longer a stranger…:)



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  11. archdeaconsbench



    wind yer neck in. Yeah that’s the answer.



    Respect is just a word not a virtue. Sensitivity is so yesterday. Thinking of others is for morons. Personal Insults are the new age salutation.



    And as you so succinctly put it… wind yer neck in, nobody should ever be allowed to take offence about anything. Ever.

  12. Delaneys Dunky on




    Backing Pierre first goalscorer every week, paid for my season books, travel and food for the weans and I, for the time he was here. :)

  13. ACGR:



    If you have got a number here in Aus. flick it over and I’ll give you a quick call.

  14. archdeaconsbench on




    18:19 on 5 April, 2015



    Not at all..


    I guess what I was trying to say is that, people of such strong faith, fall so easily at the first hurdle, when it comes to putting that faith into action.

  15. fieldofdrams on

    Embramike 17.32, forget the politics and the religion, nothing splits this blog like the old toasted/roasted debate – it’s on a higher plane altogether!



    Always a treat to see Roy Croppie on the board generating magic memories, but Pierre? Loved the guy and loved the song, right up until his ‘£7000 a week is good for a homeless person, not an international footballer’ comment. Crass, offensive – he was never the same again in my eyes. Not that that upset him in any way!



    Give me JVoH any day.

  16. I love how far flung the blog is: South of Tunis has fairly brightened a few grey Glasgow days with his tales; Melbourne Mick’s jouney is providing some entertainment; The Bhoy Goa I love and ACGR had me creased with his tales last night.



    I’m not jealous by nature,apart from SOT now and again, but Ard Macha in those Donegal Hills this morning awoke the wee green monster. Enjoy Bhoys.



    Vp and the Mrs, enjoy your well deserved break in Copenhagen.




  17. Delaneys Dunky:



    Likewise but I understand and appreciate that what we share others don’t.



    And mate, just for the record, I count my blessing every single day I wake up, and by the time I go to bed… I’m still counting.



    Being a Celtic Supporter of many years, decades even, accounts for quite a few hours of that total. Also, being so lucky to have been born in Glasgow, Scotland, and to have known the people I’ve known, well that accounts for a few too.

  18. Gerryfaethebrig on

    roy croppie



    18:21 on 5 April, 2015



    Thank you very much, one of my guests and a great friend of mine was there last night is a brother of one of your pals (as per LB) it’s Easter Sunday but feels like a Friday, not looking for a request but at this time of year and the sun is shining on ML5



    Oh father why are you so sad in this bright Easter morn…….

  19. archdeaconsbench:



    Mate is easy to offend. I mean easy. If I wished to I could write a few lines right now that would crash this blog. I could offend everybody about anything. But I don’t, and I won’t.



    Whether I agree with them or not.



    Mate, I have a simple rule as to what I post on here, would I say that to his face? Would I dare say that to his face?



    That is just my own rule, I don’t presume to impose it on you or anybody else.