Radford 72

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    St Johnstone F.c. Hall Of Fame

    Yeah, that one won't be getting an airing again. Robert Campbell fully deserves a place in this and has my vote. The fact that Bobby Brown is still alive means it could be nice to recognise him at this time but he shouldn't be in there before Willie Ormond. My personal opinion is guys still actively involved in football shouldn't be considered at that point in time. I appreciate that will be a lone/minority opinion.
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    St Johnstone F.c. Hall Of Fame

    I never understand why the first inductee into any Hall of Fame is not God. Without God, no one else would be up for inclusion.
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    Player Contracts + Transfers

    Best post since @garydavidson suggested Manny Fowler would be seeking cooler climates. Prepare for a late MO'H charge in the MoM standings!
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    Job vacancy at Saints

    It's not even clocking on time on Monday morning but there won't be a better quip all week. Bravo!
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    Saints v Motherwell at home

    Going forward we weren't too bad yesterday I felt, we scored one, McMillan has as simple an opportunity as you'll get and we miss a penalty. It's not a stretch to say on another day we score at least three goals but the problem is we could have given up another one in addition to the couple we lost, if Motherwell had a better final pass at times than through any great test of Clark admittedly. Yesterday was the first time our strikers' inability to score really cost us. I know Kennedy has been playing up top but none of the three main guys have scored since McMillan against Aberdeen in September. In saying that, I thought Watt played pretty well again but he hasn't really looked like scoring since the St Mirren game. One of those days where you make a bad start and spend the whole game chasing yourself. Early goals were an issue last season and you have to hope that with yesterday and against Hearts that it isn't going to creep back in again. Overall, it's a week before Xmas and that's only our fifth defeat and the first that probably isn't expected. The game itself was a bit of a freak with the conditions and conceding from the first two occasions that Motherwell really get into our box. I think we saw enough from our performance over the remaining 73 minutes to carry belief that we can move on from it.
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    Reserve League News 2018/19

    The new SPFL Reserve League gets underway today, with Saints away to Dundee. The game is at Links Park and kick-off is at 2:00pm. The first home game is against Queen of the South next Monday afternoon and that is the regular slot for matches. There are 18 clubs, playing each other just once (17 games) and the season runs until mid-April. There is also a new Reserve League Cup competition to create more fixtures. Fixtures: https://spfl.co.uk/admin/filemanager/images/shares/pdfs/SPFL Reserve League Fixtures_WEB.pdf The hope from the authorities is that clubs will use more experienced players alongside younger players but the proof will be in the pudding on that score. Saints U20s finished 11th of 14 teams in the Development League last season and will again be a young squad I sense, with only one 1999-born player and one 1998-born player on the books. I'll need to check and see if there are specific rules about overage or underage players, unless anyone knows for sure? From last season, Ben Quigley, Jack Wilson, Ciaran Brian, Euan O'Reilly, Cameron Ballantyne, Jamie McKenzie and Shaun Struthers will form the core of the squad, along with Ross Sinclair and John Robertson who are both eligible for the new U18s team. Alan Maybury has taken over control of the team from Alec Cleland and his options will be supplemented by a new intake of former U17 players including but not limited to: Gregor Donald, Jordan Northcott, Kyle Green, Kyle Woolley and Olly Hamilton.
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    Stjohnstone v Aberdeen away

    Kennedy went down far too easily, never a penalty. Callachan looked a decent shout by the direction to ball moved but impossible to tell from away end. As poor as Saints have played during this good run but Aberdeen were so lacking in ideas. Centre backs were rock solid again and what an inspired substitution from the manager. Hopefully Watt gets a goal soon as he certainly deserves one.
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    Youth Academy News

    I see that Gerry Creaney was speaking at the DSA meeting last night, having been billed as Head of Youth. I didn't realise such a role existed or that Creaney had filled it. Did he have much interesting to say? @andrew
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    SJFC magazine

    Times change and things move on from the early nineties, when this would have been a good idea. From what is described, much of this content could be included in a (better) match programme, leaving then a focus for much more modern content, i.e. videos, social media, website. Stuff that is far more likely to promote engagement with supporters as well.
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    Hibs vs Saints 03/11/18 Game 12

    Slightly disingenuous. Wright has possibly been our best player so far, I just think some of the praise has been OTT. He's not in the class of Swanson or O'Halloran before him. It's hard to criticise a lack of end product when he puts one on a plate for Watt just after half-time but I want my attacking midfielders scoring/creating 10-15 goals a season. He and the whole team were very good on Saturday.
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    MOTM Game 17 Livi 0 v 1 Saints

    Back three were virtually faultless. Kerr had one miscue that led to the big Livi chance in the first half but they didn't put a foot wrong otherwise and seamlessly switched to a four with Kerr in midfield to counter the host's own change of shape. Tanser got up and down the line all night, offering a good attacking threat and stood up to a physical test. But I can't look past Tony Watt, who looked a top quality player with his performance, the best he's had for Saints IMO. Took the ball in against strong defenders and wasn't afraid to take them on either. A really exciting performance from him.
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    MOTM Game 16: Saints 2 v 0 St Mirren

    Kennedy had his best game for Saints. Put the ball in for Watt's header, hit the bar himself, could have won a penalty, perfect weight on the pass to Tanser ahead of Watt's sitter, the cross before the first goal and obviously scored. Also wasn't afraid to take a hit on high balls, although we can't afford to play as many on Wednesday.
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    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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    Celtic Allocation for Betfred Cup

    Already folk discussing this so thought it might be interesting to gauge opinion. I've included four options, although in reality, only the first two are likely.
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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