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  1. Chance to obviously get back on track after Saturday's defeat but first potential issue could be a required change in defence. Media reporting this morning that Richard Foster put his foot through Alan Muir's changing room door after the match at Dens. If it's included in the referee's report then he'll likely be offered a ban by the SFA, which would obviously be hard for Saints to contest! Imagine there are a number who would have been calling for Comrie to play in any case but it could present a real opportunity for him to stake his claim after Foster's patchy start to the season. Any other changes people would like to see, or stick with the players that were doing the business over the first few weeks of the campaign? You know what you'll get from Accies, so Saints will need to match them in that regard, something they failed to do against Dundee.
  2. Scum v Saints 16th Sept 2017

    The basic facets of football are something you don't need to be the most talented of players to bring to the table, things like working hard and matching the aggression of opponents. Saints, again at Dens Park, were found to be wanting in that regard. Everyone should have realised that Dundee were going to play with a desperate energy yesterday but Saints weren't at it from the off. It falls on both the individuals but the men motivating them as well. Dundee played the better football but it all stemmed back to getting the basics right, they won the right to play their football. They got their talented attackers on the ball in good areas by being brave, pushing the full backs high and once they got into their groove had the confidence to show the composure required to cause us problems. Fortunate isn't the right word to describe our start but we have looked vulnerable at times and yesterday was probably coming. Wake-up call isn't the right term either but hopefully we can look at the desire Dundee showed yesterday and realise we need to try and bring that ourselves next week, as Accies undoubtedly will. On the flip side, it's still been a very good to the season and that shouldn't be lost off one bad result.
  3. Development Squad News 2017/18

    He was let go in the summer I believe. Now at Forfar I think. I see Matt Henvey, who was part of Saints' academy is now banging in the goals for Dundee U20s. Anyone know what the story was there? The fifth overage player against Falkirk was Hendry, he misses out on being eligible by a few weeks.
  4. Development Squad News 2017/18

    You can play five overage (born before 1998) players in the Development League. I think the plan for next season is to return to a reserve league but with a stipulation that you'll have to use a certain number of underage players.

    It's largely a new group in any case but a first chance for me to have a look at the U20s in a while tonight and was pretty encouraged with what I saw. Was struck by the difference in size between the two sides (especially if you took Gilchrist and Hendry out) and it looked like it might be hard for Saints early on but they started playing some football and in my humble opinion were the better footballing side on show and deserved more from the game. Aberdeen's team contained 8 players born in or before 1998, Saints had just 3 in their side, yet we created the better chances and the Dons' main, arguably only, threat came on the counter attack, the method they scored from. The only goal of the game was a bad one to lose as it stemmed from our own corner and there were a couple of individual errors in there but it was good run by Frank Ross. As is often the case, the more attacking players maybe draw your eye and liked the look of O'Reilly and Docherty, who played either side of Callum Hendry, who will be disappointed with a couple of early efforts he dragged wide. He played well too though and looks to have good feet. Both full backs were combative despite not being the biggest lads. Hard to know how the season will go with such a young squad but promising signs that they can compete so well with an older Aberdeen team that always do well in the Development League.
  6. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Cummins is a decent player, with his strengths, but a striker will always be judged on the chances he converts. If someone had started a list of the sitters he's missed over the past couple of years, it would make for grim reading. The argument that you have to be in the position to miss them is spurious as it unfortunately looks to be the case that this isn't just a bad run where he needs one to go in off his backside, he's just a really poor finisher.
  7. Partick Thistle (H) - Betfred Cup Round 2 - 08/08/17

    A performance that's hard to get your head around and sum up. There is no doubt that Saints can have no complaints about the result and large elements of the performance were poor: we didn't defend well, the team lacked sharpness both individually and the way they moved the ball (which is maybe what I'd expected on Saturday) and Cerny wasn't forced into a save. There were a few decent things to take it out it but that's harder to do with the result as it was and clearly the general picture wasn't a pretty one.
  8. Partick Thistle (H) - Betfred Cup Round 2 - 08/08/17

    Ayr haven't been helped but being at home would be a start for them. I like seeding for the League Cup, it just needs tweaked a bit to add home advantage IMO. Last season we were punished for the draw at Brechin. Those four seeded spots make the groups even more interesting. Without seeding, you will inevitably end up with more meaningless group games and that doesn't help the competition.
  9. Partick Thistle (H) - Betfred Cup Round 2 - 08/08/17

    It's a rubbish draw. Thistle's fourth visit to McDiarmid since February. Familiarity breeds... Hard game too, the best of the unseeded teams and they have a good recent record in Perth. On the draw generally, it's exposed a couple of things. It's a joke that there is another Dundee derby and what was the point of United winning the penalties. If you are going to play four games for seeding, then I think you need to reward the teams with a home draw.
  10. Development Squad News 2017/18

    A third win from three pre-season games for the U20s today, as they came back from a couple of goals down to beat Jeanfield Swifts 5-3 in a testimonial match for Tony Holt. This followed wins over Penicuik Athletic (4-2) and Vale of Earn (9-0). The make-up of the squad is now known and it's another young group, with only one 1998 player in it: Goalkeepers 45. Ross Sinclair (2001) Defenders 35. Cameron Lumsden (1999) 36. Cameron Thomson (1999) 39. Ciaran Brian (2000) 46. Ben Quigley (2000) 47. Jack Wilson (2000) Midfielders 37. Alistair McCann (1999) 38. Cameron Ballantyne (2000) 40. Jamie McKenzie (2000) 42. Euan O'Reilly (2000) 49. Daniel Jardine (1998) Forwards 41. Jamie Docherty (1999) 43. John Robertson (2001) 44. Shaun Struthers (2000) Other than Daniel Jardine, who is heading into his third season with the group, John Robertson (112 goals for Tynecastle BC last season) is the only player who hasn't been promoted from Saints' own youth academy over the past couple of seasons. Kyle McClean (1998) will also be eligible for the U20s but Tommy Wright was clear that he was signed as part of the first team squad. The Development League could also provide the opportunity for the 1997 players promoted to the first team squad (Comrie, Kerr, Hurst and Mackenzie) to get games and add some experience to a young group, although their ages mean they won't be eligible to play Development League football if they go out on loan. The U20s will again take part in the IRN-BRU Cup and they were drawn away to Aberdeen U20s in round one. The tie is to be played at Glebe Park, Brechin on Tuesday 15 August (7:45pm).
  11. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Is O'Halloran coming back? @Inchcolm Of all the players we've been publicly linked with this summer, O'Halloran is the one I'd want, by a distance. I'd sacrifice another centre forward if it meant a deal for him could be done.
  12. What has been your most memorable pre season friendly

    There were two French trialists who played against Bradford in Preston's testimonial. Don't think @templeofsaints even managed to find out their names though, which is saying something! The Ecuadorians were just targets that never materialised. They were Wellington Sanchez (44 caps) and Juan Carlos Burbano (18 caps). Think Clark even flew across the Atlantic to watch them. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_Sánchez https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Carlos_Burbano Could have a whole other thread out of old trialists and targets!
  13. What has been your most memorable pre season friendly

    Manuel Exposito Presseguer was his name: http://us.soccerway.com/players/manuel-exposito-presseguer/149675/ Regarding Lomas and West Ham, I remember Ross Cunningham asking Steve Banks about being on the bench for West Ham at McDiarmid in 1992 (Imre Varadi played for Saints) and he had no recollection either.
  14. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Wright said in his very first interview of pre-season (the one where it looked like someone had taken his last Rolo) that Coulson wouldn't be back and that the club were tying up the loose ends on his release.
  15. Development Squad News 2017/18

    The PA ran a story yesterday with Alistair Stevenson talking about the new intake, which includes five players from Perthshire. He concedes it will again be a young and inexperienced squad this season. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/perthshire-footballers-sign-full-time-10782065