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  1. No matter how big a gulf there is between Celtic and Saints losing 7-0 is not acceptable. Tommy has had many chances to create and test a system to contain teams yet if anything we're getting worse. He seems to think sticking 11 men behind the ball is enough. To stay in the game against teams like Celtic you need to press, hassle and win the ball back. You need to get the team up the pitch and give the defenders a rest. You need to have an outball. Losing by anything more than 3 or 4 is piss poor at our level. He's done a great job reducing the age of the team but he's ripped the heart and desire to win out of it. This is a team of heartless cowards now. When was the last time we won a game from behind?
  2. Right. Got to be excited about first game of the season so here goes. 1-0 Saints. Clark Foster Kerr Vihmann Tanser Maclean Kennedy Craig Davidson Swanson MOH
  3. Broon

    Euro Memories

    It's that time of year again when all those fantastic Euro memories are popping up on our timelines on Social Media. Given this year instead of defeating the likes of Rosenborg in Norway we're getting pumped of Montrose and everyone is feeling a bit low I think it's time to relive some of those great moments. So, what was your highlights? Here's my Top 3. 1. Piano Bar. Nobody expected us to get anything from Rosenborg. The Rosenborg fans didn't bother to turn up, we were treated like all the other diddies they have to face in the early stages each year. There were a few highlights, the march to the game, the goal, the final whistle but nothing topped that night in the Piano bar. Best. Night. Ever. No hangover has been worth it like that one. 2. Lucerne. What a stunning place to play a game of football. The gods were kind to us with that draw. Lucerne is still one of the most beautiful places I've been. On top, a great game, a not so great game against their supporters in the 35C heat and beers on padalo on the Lake. Brilliant. 3. Eskisehirspor fans. Gathering in that first bar on the first day I'll admit I was nervous as the Turkish locals started to surround the pub. The horror stories about stabbings and violence at Football games in Turkey. Nothing could have prepared us for what a single song of "Sit down if you hate Dundee" could do to turn an atmosphere around. Turned into a brilliant trip and met some great people. The Football was brutal and if you looked back on that starting 11 you'll cringe but the experience of the Turkish fans was something you wont forget. Loved it. Go for it - what was yours?
  4. I wonder if Brown and Wright have any idea that the comments they make in media about cuts, exceeding budgets, trimming the squad, cutting our cloth etc come across as negative and have an impact on fan morale? The fans know this and don't need to be told. A few simple "We have a few targets and we're working hard to improve the squad"comments would have been fine. But when you are walking into the 1st game of the season with a tiny squad and 13 fit players to come away with crap like the budgets spent and we need to sell is utterly mind blowing. Even when we do something great we don't really promote it well. Absolutely no doubting Brown runs the club well and agree it's a tough job. Would I want a change of owner? Absolutely not. Would I want him to improve a few things around communication/PR and fan engagement? 100% yes.
  5. Hardly a stupid question. Rather than responding like a t*** why not just answer the question? What I'm guessing you're trying to say is things are better now than before Geoff. Of course they are. Steve Brown is obviously financially astute and runs the business side well. Clearly he can balance the books but is his style of leadership pushing us on as a Football club? Are we in an upward trajectory? Football is a fans business. Does he care about fan engagement? Are we as a club doing enough to attract crowds and entertain? To promote the product? Is the overall experience of going to McDiarmid good? Undoubtedly Saints focus a lot on our class leading hospitality and events at the stadium and it's a good earner. We clearly promote this in the business circles. Do we focus the same on the regular punters? How's the PR and marketing? These are all valid questions and just because things are better than the time 33 years ago when we were shiter than shite and about to go bust doesn't give them a free pass forever. If you stop pushing on the only direction you'll go is backwards.
  6. Simple question. Is he doing a good job since he took over from his old man? Are we heading in the right direction under his stewardship?
  7. Broon

    Jason Kerr

    Watched McKenna again last night. No way is he better than Kerr. I've never seen him play well, don't get the hype at all.
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    Season Tickets

    The e-ticketing is a welcome move forward. Would be interesting to understand how they will implement a few things. At the moment I have my boy on my season ticket - I assume he'll get a separate card or will my card allow two admissions? If I decide to bring my other kid along will I need to print off / download a ticket for her in advance even though she's under 12 or will they be let through? You'd think eventually we'll want to be turnstile operator free so you wonder how they will manage the free entry for u12s.
  9. True, but on the flip side we're still playing the same style of football that leans towards a forward who's good in the air. All of our creativity is in wide areas and putting balls in the box. Now if we could find a central midfielder who can take the ball in, drive forward and pick passes and strikers with good movement then I'm with you. Otherwise we're stuck between two styles.
  10. We have Foster, Tanser, Kennedy, Wright, O'halloran, Swanson and Wotherspoon to deliver balls from wide areas but nobody who can attack a cross or run across a defender. Some of the balls into the box today were ok but neither Kane or Hendry could get a run on the defenders and attack them. In some games you need to be able to mix it up in this league and I think we lack that option, particularly when we have no Davidson and particularly when we rely on crosses so heavily.
  11. I think in isolation that would he fine but that was an identical performance to the last game at New Douglas Park (or whatever it's called this week). Just like last time both centre halves were absolutely murder and we got overran in midfield. Aside from Foster and Spoony combining up the right a few times the away fans were given nothing to cheer about. Maybe an unpopular opinion but we would do worse than someone like Oakely or Davies in our squad to allow us to change things. They won absolutely everything in the air for the second time against us and made our defenders look poor. If we bring in two strikers I'd like one of them to be good in the air.
  12. We had a Spoony shot cleared off the line. That was on target. To be fair, he also had 3 or 4 other good efforts on goal so at least one of them was trying.
  13. Exactly the performance I wanted from him in front of the scouts
  14. I'm talking about actual assists. Even this season with Tommy trying to play him deeper and central he's still our most assists from midfield. Check the stats sites.
  15. Spoony makes mistakes because unlike the rest of our team he tries to pass the round thing rather than scud it as hard as he can. He's a quality player who when played in his correct position is one of out best players. He tackles well, has great feet and always works well with our fullbacks in wide areas. Where he's totally underrated is his assists. Statistically he's season after season our most creative player. Today, he slipped Davidson in for a chance and put one right on Kane's head. He also put two other fantastic balls in that could easily have ended in goals. Granted, he's not a central midfielder and I share every fans frustrations when he plays there. However to say he's not good enough for us in my opinion is nonsense.
  16. Up there with one our best performances of the season. Davidson was incredible, harking back to his performances that seen him called up to the Scotland squad. He had everything, including a finely taken goal. Spoony and Craig also had fine games. You can't deny that when Spoony plays wide we play better football. He works so well with whichever fullback he plays with. Two fingers to the twats in the stand that are on his back constantly. Good player. No failures at the back either with a special mention to Tanser who was class again. Strikers worked hard and caused problems. Kane should have had a few goals again, his finishing is poor. He's a nuisance though. Well played Saints.
  17. Comfortable in the end but could have been different if Dundee took some of their chances. Matty was terrific and we had good interplay up top. Some nice moves. Seeing a lot of praise for Callachan. I don't get it. He did some good work at times and there is a player in there somewhere but his positional sense is horrendous and he gets caught the wrong side of his man time after time after time leaving us exposed. We always seem vulnerable to the counter when he plays.
  18. Much better going forward, creating a string of chances. Same old in the midfield though, Craig and Callachan overrun and leaving the defence exposed . Wingers not providing cover either. Will be more goals in this one.
  19. I guess what I'm saying is I don't want us to be shitfesting 1-0 results and playing for time in the corner in the 85th min. Let's go and try and get back to trying to play football.
  20. Feeling hopeful we see a reaction from Saturday. If I was to pick the lineup I'd go with: Clark Foster Gordon Kerr Tanser O'Halloran Davidson Craig Kennedy Swanson Kane OR (if there is any hope or desire in keeping Watt) Clark Foster Gordon Kerr Tanser O'Halloran Davidson Craig Swanson Watt Kennedy
  21. I'll wait until the full details are made public before commenting. There is always two sides to these stories. Regarding Swanson - we're basically bottom six now and with a healthy cushion on the teams below us. We should absolutely be using the next 7 games to get Mikey and Swanson back firing. These guys have all the talent in the world. Tommy needs to figure out how to get them playing. I'm not that bothered about results now - he can be as experimental as he wants. Lets make sure we find out what works for next season.
  22. Let's not be critical of those fans who are shouting for change. They pay their money, they aren't enjoying the football and are entitled to a view. We've now had two stinking runs this season and these runs are becoming frequent. I don't think its fair to drop Tommy yet though, he absolutely deserves a chance to fix it. He quite rightly has a wonderful reputation for building strong, direct, competitive, effective teams that defy stats on possession, expected goals and everything else. He's been a huge success for us even if the product hasn't been the most exciting. This in my opinion has seen him overlooked for many jobs as he's not seen as a progressive, modern manager. This season Tommy has decided to change perception. He's reduced the age of the squad and started adding flair on the wings and up top. It started well, we had a nice balance. The board backed him, he seen more opportunities for success and brought in more attacking players. This, in my opinion, was the mistake. Tommy's teams are built on heart and determination. Too many of the attacking players (Swanson, Mikey, Watt) just don't have those attributes. All can be match winners when things are going well but we've all, including Tommy, seen what can happen to these players when things are not. Swanson and Mikey in previous seasons have gone from hero to zero due to off the pitch issues almost overnight. Now we are in a rut. Unbalanced and with very few leaders. Less experience and struggling for form. Tommy doesn't appear to know how to make these attacking players effective without exposing the defence. He has failed to understand the type of midfielder he needs to give better players a platform to play. He's ballsed up but these players are not losers overnight. Tommy now has 7 games to find a system to make it work. If he can't he deserves the summer to find the right players to make it work. If after 10 games next season he looks to have failed then fair enough, maybe it may be time before things get too bad but let's not shit the bed and become a Dundee or a Dundee Utd. We all make mistakes, Tommy has, now it's his job to fix it. But just remember, the players need to step up here too. 11 players cross that white line on a Saturday. Tommy isn't telling them to punt the ball 80 yards in the direction they are facing every time they get the ball. They should be hurting and embarrassed and we should be seeing a reaction. If they don't, they won't have a job much longer.
  23. Definitely positives in that we created chances this time and were solid in the most. However, for all we've brought in lots of attacking players this season I still think we're a little toothless. Tony Watt just doesn't strike me as a goalscorer. Very good footballer yes but not an out and out striker. He never looks like he's going to score. The singing of Goss should help though. He played some lovely passes to open up Kennedy and showed great range of passes until he tired. We need that in the team to get the good players in dangerous areas. Roll on Wednesday....big big game.
  24. This is probably the first January in a long, long time where I'm not that bothered if we sign anyone. I still think longer term we need cover for a central ball playing midfielder. Liam Craig is doing a terrific job in there but if he gets injured we are really struggling given Davidson's injury history. I suspect any transfer activity will be heavily dependent on who moves on - if anyone. I'm just hoping there are no bad surprises....
  25. Signed for Wellington Phoenix.