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    Sheep home, Fred

    Not going to crucify him for it, all keepers make errors, but to get beaten at the near post from that distance is really poor. yes McLean was left in acres of space but he is so far out and off centre it’s almost the sort of position you would normally goad a player to shoot from as it shouldn’t beat the keeper 99% of the time (I’m not suggesting the midfield were right to stand off like that!) looks to me like Fasan has misjudged the shot as he’s gone for it with two hands anticipating an easy push round the post when it called for more of a stretch with one hand
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    Thistle match thread (Fred)

    26 points from the last 10 games which I think include every team in the league bar Aberdeen, can’t be many teams anywhere can beat that, I don’t think there’s much to worry about at this moment in time!
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    5 wins in a row

    Form table for the last ten games - 8 wins, 2 draws and 0 defeats, 26 points is incredible. The previous ten games won’t be all that different either. If only Clarke could crack the Aberdeen conundrum
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    SSC how does he rank ?

    Shiels produced some great moments but the consistency wasn’t really there there was always a complete drubbing round the corner Jefferies time went sour but I have always thought that takes away from how well he did in his early years. I remember going a whole season without losing to anyone other than the top 4, which is really quite an achievement. He did well bringing through some of the most successful youth prospects we have had and while he was always criticised for letting certain players go, non of them really made it elsewhere. Unfortunately he also developed a habit of signing incredibly mediocre journeymen or lower league players in the later years, he was probably asked to work with very little money and didn’t have the imagination to look further afield. williamson I was fairly young at the time but the Cup is a good memory, also the season where we were 2nd and in touch up until January with about the best defence in Europe’s top leagues (second only to Arsenal I think?) is a good memory but it all turned into a bit of a dump squib from there. The European nights were good and haven’t been seen since. Clarke meanwhile - its early doors but in terms of losses the form isn’t that far off league winning. It does hide that we have had a lot of draws in there though. To lay the old firm hearts and Hibs 9 times with just one defeat is phenomenal. He’s also done it by adding only a couple of layers to the thoroughly mediocre team he inherited. The set up of the team is superb. We are usually in complete control of the play even when we Don’t have the ball something which a lot of commentators seem to miss. It’s very early days but he doesn’t have to keep this up for much longer to cement his place as our best manager of the last 20 years or so.
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    He was either play acting, made a miraculous recovery in the space of a minute, or it was one of those that you think is going to be really sore but isn’t.....the scream and rolling about the park it looked like that was him for the season but he seemed to be fine when he stood up!
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    Celtic thread, Fred

    Thought the same. The penalty claim against Broadfoot when it was quite clearly a foul the other way and nobody on the pitch was claiming for anything for a start. Constant criticism of Celtic for negative passes, maybe I am biased but I thought that was down to Killie players shutting off just about every opportunity to play forwards. a superb defensive performance - it could be years since a team stopped Celtic from getting a shot on target from open play, that doesn’t come by anything other than top class organisation and hard work. And created enough chances to win by several goals too - just a little more composure needed and there’s no reason that won’t come. Lokking bright for the future.
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    Dons away 27/01 Fred

    Amazing that after a great run, all it takes is a single loss away to the team most accept as the 2nd best in the country (albeit Rangers have the edge head to head) and the doom and gloom merchants are out!
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    The Pitch

    That’s a strange argument to me. Yes grass grows naturally but it takes a hell of a lot of human intervention to make it into a pitch suitable for professional football. personally I’m undecided on the pitch. I think it looks appalling on TV which doesn’t help, at the ground it doesn’t look half as bad. I don’t watch many away games so difficult to say exactly how it affects the game itself but I think it’s still possible to get a good game on it and you know it’s going to be fairly consistent through the season. i assume its heated as certainly from my own experience the one time these pitches become completely unplayable is in frost
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    SC is God

    Yes clarke has made a huge difference and going to a game is now something to really look forward to once again - even losing to hibs and (not to such an extent) aberdeen there was a lot more optimism about the place while filing out the door. the appointment of a top class manager has been the main event but there are other little changes which are really adding up. Yesterday was my first home game with the new system, it may seem trivial but to me the whole set up seems so much more professional when the announcements are crystal clear and a professional on the mike too.....playing a local bands music at half time.....all the youth clubs getting free tickets and well catered for at half time, the team in front of me were loving the experience and the naming of all the teams at half time, all little things coupled with and perhaps boosting the performances on the park, good to see and lets hope it continues.
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    Jamie McDonald

    The first goal my instinct was it was relatively poor to get beaten at the near post, but it was a well struck shot that looked to be tucked well into the corner. Not great but forgivable on what I saw - the main issue was the midfield and full back area getting given complete runaround. Second goal a bit of a freak, the keeper can’t cover the whole goal in that situation and it’s a bit of a percentage game. third goal, I was watching from almost the other end of the pitch, it looked like May was fairly close in so it’s not so relevant that the ball went in at the near post. Again, the protection from defenders was shocking. if players are allowed to waltz into space and get a free shot away in the box it’s hard for a keeper to do much, you rely a lot on defenders narrowing the angle or putting pressure on the shot. MacDonalds not perfect but as has been said before on here, far more important problems are there to be solved!
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    Cracked phone screen repair

    Wife just got her iPhone 7 done by an outfit called ayedeal recommended by friends - apparently you will find them on Facebook. the guy came to the house collected the phone and fixed it in his van in 15 minutes, charged £50. it was just done this morning but it looks a good job and comes with a 3 month warranty, which obviously we haven’t tested! £50 is not bad going for 15 mins work right enough, but I suppose you factor in the travel time the convenience and by all accounts you can pay a lot more elsewhere
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    Hibs Vs Killie Match Day Thread

    I agree that was one of the most undeserved 3-0 defeats you will see. even Neil Lennon said the score flattered Hibs, probably amongst the most biased of all managers! i thought we spent much more time in their final third than they did in ours, we just lacked a final product. Even at that the keeper made a couple of good saves, and there were plenty more chances we could have made more of on another day. Power impressed me overall, always showing for the ball - possibly had the most touches of any player in the game - and hardly ever gave it away. Reminded me of the first time i saw sammy clingan play for us. Very surprised he didnt play until a few weeks back.
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    Jones was doing what most teams have a man do i.e. Stand over the ball to stop the quick free kick towards towards goal crawford was too clever though and played the pass to the right
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    Was That Boyds Swan Song...

    Personally i thought the "great cross" from Frizzell was far too close to the keeper, who made it look like a great ball by showing it across the goal mouth instead of claiming it. Im sure boyd was, as mentioned above, expecting the ball to be cut back a little. the miss one on one boyd certainly got the ball stuck under his feet, and probably would have put it away in his prime, but he was under a lot of pressure from several defenders and the keeper did very well with the angle, and he didnt miss by much. theres no doubt boyd is not the player he once was, but theres also no doubt he still has something to offer. In terms of goals and assists hes done not too badly already, and despite generally looking like he is running through treacle he does have a bit of a burst in him just he cant use it very often! Erwin did look more lively when he was on and perhaps should be given a run in the team, but suggesting boyd should retire is a bit extreme.
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    The first four results have been poor on paper, but in terms of the product on the park, in recent memory i think the early days of johnston, locke and dare i say it even shiels have been worse. we desperately need to start picking up points, but despite the old pals act there are some decent players in there and i am sure it will come together. yesterday was a huge improvement for the first two thirds of the game, yes hamilton were always in the game but they are a decent team, have had goot results so far and we were two goals up.

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