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  1. 3 points
    This season is just about getting through it, whilst staying afloat, considering the season could be delayed multiple times or even cancelled. Therefore, I'm not too bothered that we're signing players on loan or 1 year deals. If by next Summer Covid has disappeared, we can wave the likes of Bryson & Conway goodbye, thank them for helping us through a tricky season and start to assess the budget properly and sign players for the future.
  2. 3 points
    I think more than anything it demonstrates just how difficult it is to sign players when you're the Saints manager. So far Davidson has only been able to sign players who are either very young and looking for experience on loan, or guys like Conway and seemingly now Bryson whose best days are well behind them. Tommy found it really difficult to sign players too - I don't think there's much reason to think Davidson will find it any easier, given that he has a lot less experience and what seems to be a vastly reduced budget.
  3. 2 points
    Totally agree with the club's position on this. Saints need to make sure they're able to look after their existing staff as a priority. Bringing in more people at the moment would be irresponsible. I don't want to see us following the lead of clubs like Dundee and Hibs - pressuring their existing players into taking pay cuts, then bragging about making new signings.
  4. 2 points
    sixties saintee

    Old Perth - Picture Thread

    Braw photo o Hoodlum as a bairn wae thefamily.
  5. 2 points
    Never new that bell end was in Turkey , thought he lived in Fraser Wright’s pocket .
  6. 2 points
    Bigger name than Kerr ...that will be Gordon then!!
  7. 2 points
    blueheaven

    Saints v county

    I think there are a few big red flags starting to appear and for Davidson to say "we're doing all the right things, and I believe it'll come" is a worry for me. We're not doing the right things. We're pumping cross after cross after cross into the opposition box and when it doesn't work there is no Plan B. I do not understand a game plan that involves hitting high crosses towards big defenders who will always find them very easy to defend against. Is Davidson studying the opposition each week and trying to adapt our play to exploit their weaknesses, or is he just pressing on with doing his own thing out of personal belief that it will work? When you look at some of our previous successful managers (in particular McInnes and Wright) they were very good at finding that switch or change in tactic that was needed to get the better of our opponents, but it worries me that we don't seem to be seeing that at the moment. We're very flat, predictable and one-dimensional. I just watched the YouTube video that shows all 27 Stevie May goals from 2013/14. Not a single one of them came from a high cross, and I think only three of them came from any sort of cross at all (low, direct crosses from inside the box mainly). May is our best and most experienced striker but we are not playing to his strengths at all. He is never, ever going to thrive in this system, and probably wouldn't have even at his 2014 peak. For all that I actually thought we looked OK up until the goal was scored, and May and Hendry showed some flashes of the link-up play they were producing last season. But in the second half we were really, really poor and just didn't seem to have any ideas of how to break them down. To me that stems from the instructions the players are being given and the way they're being asked to play, rather than mistakes being made or players not being good enough. Personally I'd like us to ditch the wing-back system, which would allow us to keep Hendry and May up front and use O'Halloran/Wotherspoon/McNamara as wide midfielders/wingers. I think that would give us better balance and a bit more nous to our attack. P.S. What's going on with Ross County not wearing their away kit against us??
  8. 2 points
    Saintdunc

    Saints v county

    According to the stats our Man of the match was Ali McCann head and shoulders above the rest. How long can we keep hold of him? He must get disillusioned playing with those who are underperforming.
  9. 2 points
    Linky

    Saints v county

    I’ve said it before, but we used to pack out the midfield and stop other teams getting into a rhythm. We’re now packing out the central defence & trying to play everything on the wings. It’s just not working. Our strikers (all 3 of them) are just onlookers. It worries me that we are sticking to the system, rather than changing our tactics to try & beat the team in front of us. Doing the same thing each and every game, no matter the opposition just doesn’t work in modern football.
  10. 2 points
    sixties saintee

    Saints v county

    Ffs get Macca on.
  11. 2 points
    Shaggy Jenkins

    Saints v county

    Someone really should be in a change kit here
  12. 2 points
    blueheaven

    Bryson

    Guys: it's just a number. Like the other numbers. It doesn't have any demonic powers.
  13. 2 points
    2 chances , going by the previous comments . Zero and f... all .
  14. 1 point
    Kitchen

    Old Perth - Picture Thread

    Aye, Dundee platform, can just see Craigie Chippy, on the bridge.
  15. 1 point
    With respect that is a good bit different from what you stated above: "a broken down 34yo CM who's virtually on pay as you play deal," Rumours are rumours.
  16. 1 point
    If we don’t start scoring we will be in big trouble. A scoring striker is a must.
  17. 1 point
    saintgscot

    The big COVID-19 Shutdown

    I 100% agree. Suspension suspended as long as they don’t breach it again and then clubs have £22000 suspended as long as they don’t breach rules. I and my wife work for nhs and struggle to get shifts done and childcare due to Covid if I breach rules my whole department has to go on quarantine vet I would be sacked.
  18. 1 point
    Greylag

    Bryson

    It has power alright. I got £10,000 of a new build house because the builder couldn't sell number 13. It's not common in Perth, but elsewhere streets often have no number 13. I was there 25 years - I'll leave it to others to say whether it affected wheeeeeee!
  19. 1 point
    chips

    V(ideo) A(ssistant) R(eferee).

    Which makes the var a positive, I still can't work out why the ref needed the incident verified by it though to make it a straight red
  20. 1 point
    chips

    V(ideo) A(ssistant) R(eferee).

    Totally agree, the standout for me yesterday was the Chelsea sending off, last man "tackle" and blatant foul to take the attacker out yet ref only initially deemed it a yellow. Why the feck he had to view the var to convince himself it was a red is baffling. Unless rules have changed but I always thought that when a player who is potentially in a goal scoring position is taken out by the last defender (by way of a foul) then it's deemed a straight red, no idea why the ref needed this decision confirmed by var.
  21. 1 point
    HOODLUM65

    Other games on the go

    Obviously the question was too difficult for you.
  22. 1 point
    No that's a longer name
  23. 1 point
    sixties saintee

    Saints v county

    Bring back Tommy as assistant before it's to late
  24. 1 point
    Cleveland-Saint

    Saints v county

    another sat shit show, supporting saints is so depressing these days
  25. 1 point
    Linky

    Saints v county

    Same story all season. There is just no invention, no movement, no good passing play. Our game-plan seems to try to nullify the opposition, and get Conway to cross into the box, but not actually get near any of the crosses so that their defence can easily deal with it. I worry that Davidson thinks the answer is just 'sign more players'. There is something more worrying going on. Ross County battled, they closed down every ball, sometimes with 3 players around our strikers. We play every game like it's a friendly.
  26. 1 point
    The Kinross Saint

    Saints v county

    What an incredibly dull team we are, horrendous to watch. Kane is a joke of a player, this argument about him doing work off the ball is nonsense he’s awful.
  27. 1 point
    Cagey

    Saints v county

    Saints 10 chances no goals. County 1 chance 1 goal. Tanser gave away needless foul. Goalie should have taken everybody out. May looks a yard short of pace. In first 10 mins Hendry had an easy pass to play in someone but tried to score. He also took the ball of Spoony toe. Striker wants to score but team should come first.
  28. 1 point
    california_saintee

    Saints v county

    Why have County not changed their strip? FFS
  29. 1 point
    templeofsaints

    Saints v county

    Predictive text method of generating new player nicknames
  30. 1 point
    MrBored

    Saints v county

    LINE-UPS from McDiarmid Park St Johnstone v Ross County (15:00) St Johnstone: Parish, McNamara, Kerr, Gordon, McCart, Tanser, McCann, Wotherspoon, Craig, Hendry, May. Substitutes: O'Halloran, Davidson, Kane, Robertson, Rooney, Clark, Olaofe, Conway. Ross County: Laidlaw, Randall, Donaldson, Iavacovitti, Reid, Tillson, Paton, Vigurs, Gardyne, Stewart, Shaw. Substitutes: Tremarco, Morris, Mullin, Watson, Charles-Cook, Kelly, Wright, MacKinnon, Doohan. From the BBC
  31. 1 point
    Fair old chance of Anthony Stokes coming in I reckon
  32. 1 point
    rik2304

    Bryson

    1+3=4
  33. 1 point
    Are we playing the new Zimmer frame formation in midfield?
  34. 1 point
    Salguodinmethven.

    Saints v county

    Also surprised ma braincell had the technology to start a thread.
  35. 1 point
    I refuse to believe Bryson is going to be cheaper than Jason Holt, for an example. One is entering his prime with no injury issues, the other is 34 this season with recurring ankle injuries. We've ended up with Bryson instead of Holt because there was almost no future planning in place this Summer. TW left, and the whole club shut down until Davidson was hired months later. We then have to wait further months for him to find and identify targets, and then move on them. It seems obvious both the club and Davidson knew he would take charge after Millwalls season was done, surely they shouldve been putting moves into motion before he even joined for players? Its a common theme with Saints, and one that is leading to a general decline. The youth products are supporting the club.
  36. 1 point
    Perhaps the worrying thing is we have waited this long for this. Part of the wait I thought was for the English market to open up and some potential gems to be available. I find it hard to think there is not a 23 to 25 year old who is just as good if not better that would be a better investment
  37. 1 point
    It's a bit of an insult to yourself to take too much notice of a Cagey post.
  38. 1 point
    Good start at Clyde. Scored that goal. Early form at Derby decent. Aberdeen was a disaster. I think any apprehension in previous posts is based on observations and feeling. Those posts are as valid as anyone. The frequency of self-righteous posts on this forum are draining.
  39. 1 point
    **** sake the guys no even here yet and getting slated tae ****, what chance has he got ?
  40. 1 point
    cristo

    Other games on the go

    Alan Mannus playing against Milan tonight. Ibrahimovic scored the first goal, there was a second but Shamrock didn't disgrace themselves.
  41. 1 point
    We already have 3 over 30s in midfield. We don't need another one. Especially an injury prone guy who even when he was fit he was poor. I don't get it. I am beginning to lose faith in Callum.
  42. 1 point
    I hope whoever comes in are better than Duffy & Ballantine. I think those guys are in the last season of their contact so I don't see the advantage of putting them out on loan. We could be short of numbers if the pendamic & injury hits us & I don't think these guys wages will not be breaking the bank. What I have seen of Bryson has not impressed me. All Tommy's good work being undone ?.
  43. 1 point
    He will benefit from that.
  44. 1 point
    It's a specialist position, hence they train away from the other players most of the time. Of course they need a coach to work with, even if it's just to set up drills and tell them what to do. How else would a manager know who's been performing better out of the goalies if he doesn't have someone watching them who's an "expert". As for the comment about punting balls, sure that's what you may see pre-match, but to suggest that's all they do is pretty offensive to goalie coaches.
  45. 1 point
    sleepless

    Fantasy Premier League

    Starts again tomorrow. I've created a WAP League https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/i7ttzy hope to see a few of you this year. There were only about half a dozen last years.
  46. 0 points
    Bruno Strasser

    The big COVID-19 Shutdown

    I don't think we are going to be back to McDiarmid before spring next year. The news is quite ominous at the moment and Football will be one of the last things to comeback. There is only one thing worse than seeing Saints being beat again and that's seeing them being beat on Saints TV in front of an empty stadium. This is really bringing me down.