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Harrogate Peter

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  1. There is no scheme of things, at least not one most if us can identify and if there is it really isn't that grand!
  2. On reflection there is no way we will be promoted performing like that. There have been a number of turgid performances this season where we look less than the sum of our parts. That's a managerial issue whatever you think of Tommy Wright. There's no doubt in my mind that Arbroath was the worst performance of the season. I think that blew the theory that it's teams playing defensively and stifling us that's the problem. Rather than worry about ICT or anybody else we need to get our house in order!
  3. No! If they spend 20 hours a week on football (and that's pushing it) does that mean they're twice as good as our fulltimers? If they are twice as good why the hell with our much vaunted budget didn't we sign them? The truth is that they worked ard (Dyer flashback) but are mostly pretty limited. What's that say about us?
  4. I can understand the way Wright defended the arseholes who got us relegated last season because he was lumbered. This season it's his team and there are options to change things. He seems slow to do that and when folk perform ad dreadfully as (say) Fraser Murray they shouldn't be on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. God one knows what that does for Armstrong's confidence. If he's going to keep giving misleading political type answers to questions then I ain't gonna waste anymore of my time listening. The juries out.
  5. Gone for Haunstrup. Much improved with apologies to Euan Murray and Hemming. The rest should be apologising to us!
  6. I can see the logic of this but TW seemed to be satisfied. The worry was the complete paucity of ambition. Tonight wasn't anywhere near what's required!
  7. He was terrible and McKenzie was worse!
  8. This is absolutely not about entitlement and I recognise Arbroath are good at what they do but to be outplayed and outfought by a part time outfit is unacceptable! At least we weren't outfought by CQN. From that point of view this was worse.
  9. I'd take F Murray off now. Shouldn't stay on for 90 with so little effort as a matter of principle!
  10. Both centre backs jittery and yet each have saved a certain goal. Lyons showing lots if energy but a bit of a headless chicken. The worry is we made little attempt to play much constructive football. Positives are we didn't concede and both fullbacks doing well. Our front two are different class at this level. If we create something decent we'll win.
  11. Battle? Only one team battling at the moment! Come on get a grip!
  12. If I was ever in a position to own a football club I'd take runners up or finalists off an honours list/board. Might go with 'Promoted' if appropriate but I'd have no use for second place in the top league still less third. It's about an attitude of mind. All you have to do is win and settling for less, even more honouring it, engenders a losing mentality. I wonder how many times in the history of Killie a wee team feeling of inferiority cost us? That's not to say the Clarke era wasn't amazing and enjoyable but we're still carrying the scars of the subsequent collapse. We have to move on and whilst I'm all for community development, decency and having a team of good guys we can like and be proud of the equation is success = winning of honours! Third place or a cup? No comparison! Champions this season or third place in the top league? That's a more difficult one but it's an embarrassing stat that we haven't won any league in so long!
  13. Casual support will always be more drawn to a winning team than an exciting one. Obviously if we can do both that's the ideal. The 'trick' is to take that potential support and make fanatics out of them. The way this is done is through the community work and players and staff at Killie being ambassadors for the club at all times. I know that can be demanding sometimes but most people are reasonable most of the time and will appreciate a little recognition without trying to monopolise it. Above all make sure a visit to Rugby Park is a welcoming and pleasant experience for everyone. For what it's worth I think we are like this most of the time. Something went horribly wrong in the previous couple of seasons and the dressing room issues led to a serious disconnect between team and fans. Success on the pitch isn't the be all and end all but it certainly helps the atmospherics around the club. A happy and together dressing room contributes to that success so maybe it's a virtuous circle?
  14. A mystery solved!! Thank-you.
  15. Rory is a nice guy and he has ability. He nearly does stuff so many times that it drives me crazy. Honestly I just don't think he has the mentality to be the main man or get hold of games by the scruff of the neck when times are rough. That said, at our level I'm happy to have him in the squad but if everyone was fully fit where would he start? The thing that really gets me is how the hell those fans who boo and catcall him think it helps him or the team?
  16. There's an attacking midfielder at Preston who looks like he won't make their declared 25 man league squad. Josh Harrop was at Man Utd. and got a bad injury at Preston. He needs a new start and could be the x factor at our level whilst rebuilding his career. There are guys out there!
  17. Can you imagine this forum after that sequence of results?
  18. I think Jags game will be tight and close. I have a strong feeling that the dam will break one way or another at Arbroath. I do think players need more time together in match situations, as opposed to training before they can anticipate instinctively what a team mate is going to do. At the moment a piece of trickery is just as likely to fox them as the opposition. There were a couple of examples of that on Saturday. Polworths turn and cut back to Rory with him and everyone else on their heels was a case in point! Certainly by the time we have played everyone once we should have a better idea of how it's likely to go.
  19. TW's St Johnstone never set my heart pounding with anticipation at the prospect of seeing them. We were so poor last season and the required clearout meant that functionality was always going to take priority over flair. The worry for me would be that we become so timid that we throw points away and end up in the playoffs. I think that would be the minimum prospect barring a serious implosion. Elsewhere there has been discussion of yesterday's disappointing attendance and I wonder how many more might turnout if the team was really firing on all cylinders? My feeling is a winning team will pick up more fans than an exciting one come the later stages of the season. So, I expect pragmatism but I can't help feeling that the present approach is bit too cautious. If we start losing crowds will fall as I still sense a lot of disappointment about last year. The loss of a thousand fans in a fortnight is pretty scary. A dull, unsuccessful side would really leave the club in trouble facing another season in this horrible league and a much reduced budget and crowd.
  20. Just got back after a stopover in the Borders. Agree it wasn't great but I think we shaded it and deserved the points. What it proved to me is that wd need to play Robison and Shaw together especially with Burke injured. We had all the better players and should be winning easily but I've seen Killie lose unluckily so many times I won't be losing sleep over a narrow win. I think the cohesion and better play will come. At least the rot has been stopped and we're in a position to move forward. Given our usual starts I'd have settled for that!
  21. Thought that could have gone either way. It seemed to me that Polworth pushed up start of second half to almost second forward. That really didn't suit him and hd never challenged for a ball toward him with back to goal. Much better when Robinson came on. TW needs to decide whether Polworth can be playing in the central two in my opinion. It might depend on who and where we're playing. Alston and McGinn at home against the likes of Morton aren't going to be positive enough. Our skipper made two fantastic blocks in the first half and without them we'd have lost.
  22. Not enough movement in support of Shaw and still getting caught out at the back. Too slow to cross from good positions too.
  23. This is when you have to trust the manager. How fit is Robinson? How has he trained this week? We can't know. Assuming Morton's approach is similar to the League Cup game I'd hope both Robinson and Shaw start especially with Burke being missing but we have to leave this to the manager. The saving grace is that we can trust TW's judgement unlike his clueless predecessor!
  24. Honestly this is the only way forward for clubs like Killie. We won't always have a vintage crop of youngsters coming through. Having the right structure and maximum encouragement can make a hell of a difference though!