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  1. Radford 72

    Taxi for Tommy?

    What attributes is it that Scougall has that makes folk think he would be an effective holding midfielder? He can pass the ball but does he have the discipline and positional knowledge to know what pass to make (or more importantly not make) in that area? The second a player gives away the ball in that part of the pitch, you are always likely to give up a chance; that's what made Morris and Millar so good, they didn't give the ball away. There is also the defensive side of it, helping out the full back (badly missing in recent weeks, although not helped on Sunday by the man-for-man system the manager wanted to employ), cutting out a pass by being in the right position, making it hard for the opposition to make passes due to the same ability, and of course tackling; Millar was expert at winning the ball by staying on his feet, so he was then in a position to use the ball. Folk are defending the guy by saying TW played him out of position when, in my eyes, an attacking midfield role in a three behind a lone striker should be something he was capable of. If he is only able to play as a "ten" then that's pretty inflexible and doesn't bode well for his ability to operate in a more defensive role. I hoped Callachan was going to be this type of player but he doesn't look close to it. In fact, having watched the IRN-BRU Cup tie at Tannadice, the two members of the first team squad who look closest to that type of player are McCann and McClean but they obviously badly lack experience at the moment and it was a fair blow to not see them go out on loan. We were absolutely spoilt with Morris and Millar and I realise these players aren't easy to find but it's a shame that the manager hasn't reckoned it's priority to try and find one.
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    Saints v Celtic sunday

    A totally catastrophic 30 minutes of football. Celtic were ruthless but we didn't half contribute to our own downfall. We put ourselves under immediate pressure with the decision to take a shy into the middle of the pitch for the first goal and that just kicked off a period of shambolic decisions and the execution of them. Special mention to Callachan for his part in goals two, three and four, where he's caught dreaming on every occasion. The handling of Forrest for the fifth was also on a special level of ineptitude. You need to be strong in the centre of the park and is the manager asking too much of the players he wants to use in there, especially against the top teams? David Wotherspoon has been here long enough that we know he makes too many stray passes to play in that deep role, he's just too likely to give the ball away; he did it four times in ten minutes after the first goal. He had a decent game against Celtic in the cup on the right and it's those sort of areas he should be playing in. Glad to have the international break to recover from what has been a bruising few weeks.
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    Round 14 - Celtic (H), 07/10/18

    Saints 0-4 Celtic Christie 6,600
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    MOTM Game 13 Hearts 2 v 1 Saints

    Tanser is a very good one-on-one defender but I was left wondering on Saturday if he should have been doing something to try and prevent the ball getting to Morrison so easily? Certainly the way he dealt with the winger running at him gets him close to pass marks. I went for Drey Wright.
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    Hearts V St.Johnstone Saturday 29th September

    Maybe a strange thing to say but trying to get my head around our performance and reading other posts is helping piece it all together. Regularly agree with yourself anyway but much to concur with there. Think the first word TW used in his post-match stuff was "frustrating" and it's probably the word I'd choose as well. It's still early in the season and you never want to make judgements on one game so I think after the matches to round off the first third of the regular season, it'll be an interesting time to take stock but, rightly or wrongly, TW is trying to remould Saints, playing from the back, passing the ball more but our decision making at times screams of team trying to adapt, quick free kicks or goal kicks when there isn't a second option for the first receiver, trying to pick an extra pass rather than just sticking it in the box etc... We got two corners today, the first of which didn't even get into the box because we mucked it up by overplaying it short. I can't pretend there weren't times that the pragmatism of the past didn't frustrate me slightly but in reality, I liked what we were about and jibes from outside the club, as the players themselves routinely admitted, were music to the ears. I'm still figuring out this new Saints team and if I'm going to like it.
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    Hearts V St.Johnstone Saturday 29th September

    Did anyone else buying tickets in person from the ticket office have to fill in a form first?
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    Round 13 - Hearts (A), 29/09/18

    Hearts 2-1 Saints Kerr 17,750
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    MOTM Game 12 Saints 0 v Celtic 1 League Cup QF

    Zander Clark with the best performance from a Saints player this season. Not a failure really on the night though.
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    St Johnstone v Celtic Betfred Cup QF 26/09

    Happy for a number of the players last night. Clark was inspired and really hope he kicks on from that performance which should fill him with confidence. Wotherspoon likewise should take a big boost from his best showing of the season. Alston, who I don't think unfairly had been written off a bit, is showing signs of growing into his new role. Having a central midfielder who registers shots on goal in every match is a new dimension for Saints. Shaughnessy and Kerr hopefully demonstrated that Sunday was a blip. I think any defence can look poor if left exposed, which is why it was important that we shored up last night. Always believe everyone is entitled to their views on how the game should be played but can't shake the feeling there is naivety in this idea we could have just gone toe-to-toe with Celtic; thought TW got it spot on tactically. You have to stay in the game. Think the players should be going to Tynecastle in good spirits.
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    Man of the Match Game 11 Rangers 5 v 1 Saints

    Thought Wright did well in his first start in this type of game but voted for Alston, who was possibly the only player that played the full 90 mins to get close to pass marks for me. Definitely a day to forget for a number of players; not the ground where you want so many to have an off day.
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    St Johnstone v Celtic Betfred Cup QF 26/09

    It's easy to sit at home and criticise but, at the ground, I saw a team working their bollocks off to compete with an opponent that really stepped it up after half-time. The manager could have selected different players that might have addressed a bit of a lack of composure/quality in the final third but then when you are going to be asked to defend a lot, you need to have guys you can trust doing those jobs. Playing lots of attacking players or what is perceived to be an "attacking formation" doesn't mean you will be able to just attack at will, especially against a team like Celtic. Far more positives than Sunday but in cup football you only want the result and we didn't get that. I understand that disappointment but won't be critical of the players and find it hard to be of the manager on this occasion.
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    Round 12 - Celtic (H), 26/09/18

    Saints 1-3 Celtic Christie 6,300
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    Sevco 2012 v St Johnstone 23/09/18

    There is a loan window open until Sunday but I think it's only available to League One and League Two teams. TW has spoken about getting McCann, McClean and Greg Hurst out.
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    Sevco 2012 v St Johnstone 23/09/18

    Thought he should have done better with the third despite what @Broon says. Hard as is for a big keeper, he can't be letting these shots that are close to him squirm past, there was the Killie opener as well. The second is maybe savable. Not sure my opinion on him changed much after yesterday though. He has attributes that should give him an advantage over some of the best goalkeepers we've seen at Saints but he has a bit to go to be considered on their level IMO. I don't think we gain much from making a change in nets at the moment though.
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    Sevco 2012 v St Johnstone 23/09/18

    Only our fourth defeat in our last 21 games; it was a bad day at the office, everyone has them. I don't think it's worth delving too deep into things and, as the manager said, there were key moments today that went against us. We create a great early chance through Wright that Wotherspoon should do better with but 10-15 minutes in find ourselves a goal down despite them not yet being in our box. Watt and Alston squander a great chance at 2-0, they go straight up the park and score. Watt misses another great opportunity at 3-0 then what looked a clear foul on Swanson goes unpunished immediately prior to the fourth. Key moments. That's not to excuse some of the defending, which was way below the standard they've set over the past few weeks. I think we've seen enough this season to hope a lot of what we saw today was out of character. There are other issues that we've known are there but we've seen they can be overcome if we get other things right. The players will know what is required on Wednesday. The manager is now in the situation where he can make changes (I think he was right to remain largely loyal to the players he went with today) but equally these guys have lost only two out of eleven matches this season and that deserves to be remembered.