Valentino Bolognese

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  1. Valentino Bolognese

    Player Contracts + Transfers

    Craig's only 32. Not the quickest but seems to be making up for that with experience, no real signs of not being able to play a full 90 minutes. I reckon he's got at least 1 more season in him, probably 2.
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    Hamilton v St Johnstone 18 May 2019

    Agree about the pitch, but the other reasons (though valid) are fan's reasons, not football reasons. Heart, not head. Also agree that I don't think that we necessarily threw the game but it was very clear that getting the win was not the main item on the agenda, and frankly I agree with that as I think it's just good strategy to increase the chances of less threatening opposition next season and to use the game for other reasons.
  3. Valentino Bolognese

    Player Contracts + Transfers

    Don't mind if Alston goes. Has his moments but he won't get regular starts, so fair play if he wants to move on. Think Easton should get one more season and a utility player. Scott Tanser, if he kicks on as much next season as he did this year, has the potential to be as good if not better IMO and offers a great set play option. Danny's had more than enough time. Time to say bye bye. Joe - similar to Easton. Rolling contract, utility player, giving us cover and shape change option. Pass the armband to Liam Craig.
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    Hamilton v St Johnstone 18 May 2019

    Well now that all that's died down, and since it's a game thread, I guess I'll chip in on that. I'm a bit taken aback at some of the views on here berating the team, claiming it wasn't a nothing game, poor season etc. I'm actually with Random in this. This was big picture football. Saints were in a position where they could influence the team that went to the playoff with zero - and I can't say this enough, zero - downside to losing the game. As a professional manager in that position, Tommy has to look at next season and ask, would we rather have a consistently bang average and relatively poorly financed Hamiltion, or a St Mirren with deeper pockets and some momentum about them? The professional, strategic approach was to do what was best for the club. Secondly, Tommy had a golden opportunity to answer some questions, such as; - Has Hendry got what it takes (still a maybe but he's not the 15 goals guy) - Should I bin Danny (please yes) - Can I bring Brian Easton back (maybe) And probably a few others. All this stuff about what the club 'owes' to the supporters is simple to me. To take the best decisions for the long term viability and success of St Johnstone FC. I would say that given Tommy got a free hit yesterday at answering his questions and we came out the other end with no injuries and no suspensions, and we have increased the chances of a weaker leauge next year. To have a go at the players and manager is baffling to me.
  5. Valentino Bolognese

    Season Tickets

    Never liked bovril. Nothing wrong with a cup of tea. You should try a chorizo (chor - ee - thow) pie. You might like it. You're never too old for exciting new experiences.
  6. Valentino Bolognese

    Hamilton v St Johnstone 18 May 2019

    Would never actually want us to lose but I have changed my position on this and would far rather see St Mirren go down than Accies. Nobody likes playing on a green carpet but 'the buddies'* are insufferable. *even their nickname is shit
  7. Valentino Bolognese

    Season Tickets

    I don't understand why the behind the goals top tier are more expensive than close to the pitch half way line seats (for adults at least). You'd have thought that the Jambos would put a premium on being closer to the pitch as it's better for throwing coins and flares.
  8. Valentino Bolognese

    Season Tickets

    Did he feel he had been entertained? I agree with him though. I've hardly ever carried cash for years. Still pisses me off I can't even buy a pie at McDairmid. It really is stone age. Letting people use contactless would speed up the queues too.
  9. Valentino Bolognese

    Zander Clark

    I completely believe that it's fairly unsophisticated agent nonsense in a transparent bid to try to ramp up his offer. I'm sure that Saints won't be complacent as I'm sure there would be some demand in the market for him, but I also exepct they have a realistic understanding of his value. In any contract negotiation involving McNamara vs Wright/Brown, I know who I think would be the smarter operator.
  10. Valentino Bolognese

    MOTM Game 45: Saints 2 v 0 Motherwell

    Was amused to hear Tommy's post match about the penalty. First comment suggested that although Scott was the nominated taker, he was worried that Kane wanted it. He also clearly didn't think it was a great penalty 'from the view that I had at least'. Have to say it didn't look great to me either, will be good to see it back. I think that there's been a common view that any dead ball situation we have that involves a left foot should be Tanser for quite some time now. In fact I think it was last season he hit the stanchion with a belter from about 35 yards (home game, honestly can't remember the opposition) - I've been an advocate since that day. On his day he is a quality striker of the ball.
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    Stjohnstone v Motherwell 11 th may

    Agree with all your post, but I would say that Muzz's has been poor against both top and bottom teams. I think that like with the rest of the team something 'went wrong' after the break. That could well have been the unsettling inclusion of Sean Goss, the effect of the run of OF games, experiments with a back 3/5, losing Drey Wright or whatever but the 'failure' against the top 5/6 teams has been a feature of the season. Other than a good away win against Aberdeen, a couple of good performances against Hibs, and an away against Rangers, we've had our arse handed to us by them. Outside of the old firm I've been most disappointed with how we've played against Kimarnock (sitting too deep and letting Dicker and Power dictate the middle) and Hearts (just gutless for some reason). Either we're giving these teams too much respect or it's simply that we've not been able to make the step up in the way that Killie have done. Good point about the high balls. I noticed Kane and MOH pressed high and market the full-backs until the second goal, so their keeper didn't have much option other than to kick. I also think that we went long ball a bit too often. I honestly don't think that with a couple of key summer signings, outside of Celtic we should be expecting to pick up 4 or more points against each of the top 6 next year.
  12. Valentino Bolognese

    MOTM Game 45: Saints 2 v 0 Motherwell

    I actually went MOH for this one. Thought he absolutely terrorised them and the pace and work rate was phenomenal at times. Much more action up the right than the left and he outshone Kennedy which is high praise. Matty wasn't firing on all cylinders but certainly didn't have a bad game. Murray bossed the midfield after the penalty. I've been quite down on him recently and in all honesty thought he was done. That's why Tommy's the manager though and suspect benching him and seeing Callachan put in some good performances has given him the encouragement he was needing. Honourable mentions to goal machine Tanser, Craig (do we REALLY need that holding midfielder now?), and the centre backs.
  13. Valentino Bolognese

    Zander Clark

    Don't think we can read much into yesterday TBH. Looked to me like a few players were bringing thier families on to the pitch. Liam Craig looks like he's got about 5 kids, Swanson had a young one, Muzz, couple of others I thought. I assumed that it was just a last game of the season treat for the weans. Bring your child to work day. Thought that Joe was a genuine goodbye but you'd hardly have noticed if it wasn't for Tommy's substitution tactics. Zander did what he had to do but was a bit more flappy than usual. Maybe the negotiation is unsettling him. If we can keep him next season he'll be behind 2 of the best centre backs in the leauge. St Mirren keeper an obvious target if we need to replace and you'd think we'd get good money if he does.
  14. Valentino Bolognese

    Stjohnstone v Motherwell 11 th may

    And I think Matty Kennedy leads crosses into the box (I think someone on The Terrace said he had the best number for this in the division).
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    Stjohnstone v Motherwell 11 th may

    Fair enough, I guess we disagree. I just don't see that he tackles well - the opposite in fact I think he lets a lot go past him and he's easily turned. I don't think he has great feet either. His touch is inconsistent. I will concede that he never hides and is always asking for the ball, which is admirable. But he's nowhere near the player that Kennedy, Wright or an in-form O'Halloran is. He's not some creative flair genius that's playing in a team of hoofers so his delicate mastery of the game is under-rated. I've tried to see the good in him - I really have - I just have that sinking feeling when he gets caught in possession again, when he runs it into touch again or another cross fails to get past first man. But everyone sees a different game and today was a good result, so we can all be happy with that.