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  1. Kyle

    MOTM Game 21 Saints 2 v 2 Hearts

    I would probably have said Alston or Wotherspoon in the first half but both fell away in the second. Has to be Kerr for me who is getting better all the time.
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    MOTM Game 20 Saints 0 v 0 Killie

    Torn between Kerr and Tanser... I've gone for Tanser who was once again excellent.
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    MOTM Game 19 Saints 4 v 0 Hamilton

    I went for Kennedy just ahead of Liam Craig. He was on fire yesterday.
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    Stjohnstone v Hamilton

    Even better than last week. The front four were electric, defence solid and Liam Craig was absolutely outstanding in the centre of midfield. Dat swagger.
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    MOTM Game 18 Hibs 0 v 1 Saints

    I went for Shaughnessy just ahead of Wright. No failures in the team but felt those two and perhaps Watt deserve special mention.
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    Player Contracts + Transfers

    Yeah I think Tommy has to be the priority right now. That list is slightly smaller than usual but still a number of players to be concerned about. Shaughnessy and Watt in particular will attract interest from elsewhere so I hope that, if we haven't started talking to them, then talks are just around the corner. I saw an article recently where it talked about there being an option to extend Tony Watt's contract for another year. I hope that's right. Edit: found the article https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/sport/football/hearts/ex-hearts-striker-tony-watt-on-why-saints-suit-best-for-scotland-1-4814144
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    Hibs vs Saints 03/11/18 Game 12

    Agreed. Having 3 players who can play the attacking midfield role who are as effective as Kennedy, Wright and Swanson will kill teams this season. Wright was absolutely everywhere yesterday but his ability to pick the ball up deep and drive us forward is absolutely priceless. Kennedy tends to slow the game down a bit more but he’s very dangerous on the break and gets in good positions to score and Swanson is a horrible player to defend against. If we could find a way to get all 3 into the team alongside Watt - who has shocked me with just how effective he is in his own up top - we could be in for a special season.
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    Hibs vs Saints 03/11/18 Game 12

    Outstanding performance from our bois. The swagger is back.
  9. I think the crowds are dropping because going to the football is expensive and the football on display for much of the last couple of years has been pretty poor, making it more difficult to justify the expense.There are obviously lots of other reasons that have been well expressed on this thread but I believe that'll be the most consistent reason given by people who have stopped attending. Given that most people only get 2 days off a week - whether they're working or in education - I think the lack of entertainment is pretty legitimate reasoning to stop going personally. It hasn't stopped me travelling up from Glasgow every second week yet but I came mighty close to just letting my season ticket lapse in the summer and attending games either closer to home or as and when I could be arsed.
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    Motherwell v Saints 20-10-18 K-O 3pm

    Thank god for that. Doesn’t sound like it was pretty but by Christ did we need that
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    MOTM Game 14 Saints 0 v 6 Celtic

    Zander just ahead of Anderson.
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    Hearts V St.Johnstone Saturday 29th September

    A continuation of the performances against Celtic and Rangers for me. We created a few chances and could've scored more than one goal, but realistically we're lucky Hearts didn't score a few more which I felt their play probably deserved. Kennedy was and has been poor for a while now and that has to be addressed with the introduction of Swanson, but my biggest concern is the centre of midfield. None of our available options are capable of tackling, taking the ball out from the back or passing at a consistently high level. Alston and Callachan both look capable of popping up with goals and have plenty of energy which addresses other problems from last season, but it's criminal that we don't have a central midfielder in the entire squad who is comfortable in possession, can take the ball in under pressure and recycle the ball. It's not like we're short of numbers either - Davidson, Craig, Alston, Wotherspoon, Callachan, Nydam, McCann and McClean would probably all make arguments that the engine room is their strongest position. I've left Scougall out because he's more comfortable in an advanced role and there's probably more chance of Jason Kerr playing there than him right now. Moving on to the strikers, I thought Kane offered virtually nothing and should've been hooked before McMillan in favour of Watt, who made a bit of a difference and did well at our goal. Wright continues to impress and was everything Kennedy wasn't in terms of application, potential attacking menace and supporting Foster. They did their best to keep Mitchell and Djoum bay on the right - two players who are more than capable of punishing any lapses in defence. I thought Tanser coped reasonably well on the left considering he had virtually no support against Morrison and Smith, who I was glad to see exit the match. If Hearts had scored from open play, it probably would've stemmed from that side. Saints have been maligned for years for having an old squad and a pragmatic manager but what I wouldn't give for some of the cuteness we used to have back in the team. Even one or two of the old guard - Maclean and Millar as examples - would make a huge difference in a team which clearly has much more energy and creativity as they chances we are creating shows, but much less ability to manage a match. They'd make the required fouls, take the required bookings and talk their team mates through matches - something that no one in that team on Saturday seems capable of doing. There's no way, for example, that we would've conceded 64 shots on goal and only conceded 21 fouls in the last 3 matches with the old boys in the team. I reckon this team will come good in time but still needs a proper midfield general to help us through matches. a 29 year old Chris Millar would be perfect. If we have to sacrifice Scougall (who seems most likely given he can't even make the match day squads any more) and Nydam then so be it.
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    MOTM Game 12 Saints 0 v Celtic 1 League Cup QF

    Only one winner for me - Zander Clark.
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    St Johnstone v Celtic Betfred Cup QF 26/09

    I was disappointed with how we set up last night to be honest. Wright seems to be in a habit of picking favourites over form - Wotherspoon shouldn't have started on the basis that his form hasn't been great recently - he was good which will hopefully help build his confidence back up again, but surely when we have a squad the size we do it needs to be both a meritocracy and horses for courses. Wotherspoon is probably that in a game against the likes of Rangers and Celtic, but he's the only one of the 4 'wingers' who started and saw out both games. I thought we imposed ourselves more as an attacking threat with the introduction of McMillan and I'm disappointed he only got 6 minutes in the two games over the last few days. I don't agree with but understand the starting 11 and sticking with it for an hour or so, but we had our own attacking players who could have given us a bit more in an attacking sense against a tiring and poor by Celtic's standards defence. You don't get a point for a draw in a knock out cup match after all, and Kilmarnock showed the damage that can be done if you have ambition to play on the attack against this Celtic team. We're probably not as good as they are but we do have players that have the ability to hurt them. In terms of the game itself, we played well but ultimately we didn't really deserve anything other than a defeat. Celtic (Griffiths in particular) missed several chances that they would normally have put away. Clark was superb and it started to look like he just wouldn't be beaten on the day, but realistically anything other than a Celtic win would've been a bit of a smash and grab. I thought there were some excellent individual performers - I can't really fault the back 4 who were under almost constant pressure. They gave up some chances, but that will inevitably happen when we let Celtic come onto us so far up the park without much pressure. Alston was the stand out in midfield again, although I thought Callachan did well and Wright continues to show how good a player he is, particularly in the first half. He does the defensive side of the game very well but I'm looking forward to seeing him unleashed in an attacking sense again after the last couple of games. The aforementioned Wotherspoon kept Tierney quiet and supported Foster well. Watt was completely isolated and didn't really get into the game before his half time sub - hope he's alright for Saturday. Having said all that, there's more to be positive about after last night's game than there was on Sunday.
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    St Johnstone vs Aberdeen 15/09/18

    I'm starting to wonder if the reverse is true - that Alston we had in his first two seasons looks like a pale imitation to the one we've seen since he majestically appeared off the bench against Dundee. Maybe all he needed was a bit of faith to play in what he considers to be his best position. He looks much more confident and assured on the ball, his energy has been a real asset to the team and his reading of the game seems so much better there too. He's certainly looking much more like the player I was expecting to get a couple of summers ago.