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  1. Their coverage of Saints is very good. Some of Eric Nicolson's long read weekend pieces have been brilliant. But I'd have thought most folk would get their fix of news on the day it's relevant, rather than on a weekly basis? Does anyone want to read a match report from the previous weekend on a Thursday? But then that's maybe not the point of this and it could simply be about clicks or advertising revenue, says the cynic.
  2. I'm going to surmise that in order to bring in someone as HoR, they needed to let Peacock go. EP certainly didn't seek publicity, so I could be doing him a disservice, but I'd guess that Stevie Grieve has a much wider range of abilities and knowledge. EP was clearly a good opposition analyst given our success but what SG will bring in terms of player identification and recruitment could be game changing. And hopefully they'll still be able to lean on his analysis and youth coaching attributes as well. By putting structures in place to work on recruitment, football operations etc... hopefully it allows the chairman to reduce his own involvement and work rate if that's what he so desires. The club is under great ownership and hopefully this helps prolong that.
  3. Anyone who has ever read a report on the Aberdeen website will know to take talk of their dominance with a pinch of salt. Pre-season ticking over nicely for Saints after the disrupted nature of last year, when we only got two games. Europe will be hard but we should be much better prepared than ever before.
  4. Especially with Jason Kerr probably, it's not just losing out on the £400k fee.or whatever but the sell-on clause. If he went to, even Wigan or Oxford and did well, you are probably talking ten times that and Saints would presumably like a slice of that pie, although I do think we'd be entitled to something anyway having developed him.
  5. It maybe did have its place once but agree that needing to score 3 goals to avoid losing a tie, when the opposition have only scored 2 goals isn't fair. The situation described above where you lose 1-0 away then the opposition get the first goal in the home leg was just a game killer.
  6. When I saw this photo, I hoped it was some part of the Recreation Grounds but if you follow the thread, you'll see it was actually a shop entrance on the road up to the entrance at the end of South Inch Place. I wonder if we'll ever move ground again? There were rumours that the club were looking at the possibility not that long ago...
  7. I needed to change an age category on a ticket and emailed the club on Monday and they (Laura) got back to me within about 6 hours. Went on to renew and everything was in order and worked fine. But definitely seems to be a good number of folk having problems on certain devices, which is clearly disappointing. It might not be the answer but I think in the past some folk have managed to have success when using 4G rather than WiFi, or vice versa. Why that would be, I don't know but could be worth a try. Another thing is if you have more than one ticket as a family group, I think sometimes only one of the barcodes has worked for stuff like this, or even Saints TV at the start of the season.
  8. This is the correct answer. A special goal.
  9. Credit to Brian Rice for finding a role, either by design or fortune, that suits Ross Callachan. His one strength at Saints (other than apparently running around a lot) was making runs forward. Rice has taken him out of the real engine room, where his lack of technical ability and inability to tackle without ending up on his backside were big issues, and played him in an area where his primary focus is making those sort of runs and he's repaid him with goals.
  10. Keep up, Chelsea was back In November, the week before it was Rangers and Celtic and two weeks before it was Sunderland. I think the next story Clive feeds to the media will be Cirencester Town. I've no issue at all if Scott Tanser wants to return to England, understand that completely, but his agent is not representing his client in the best way possible with all these made up "Football Insider" stories.
  11. The goalkeeper deserves his moment. We are in the next round because of him.
  12. That is undoubtedly one of he greatest results in our history. The League Cup wins were against poor Rangers teams and whilst this one isn't a great one, they are clearly flying high given their performances this season. But we went to Ibrox, went toe-to-toe with them and beat them. Forever in the history books.
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    He recovered pretty well from the Rangers game at Xmas but was just worrying he was starting to dip again but what a way to banish those doubts. Thrilled for him and hopefully it's the shot of confidence that he maybe needed. He puts on a brave face but I think he must know there are goals he could have done better with this season. Maybe part of the problem for him has been when he does lose a bad goal, he's so rarely tested that he can't get back into the swing of making saves. Was asked to do that last night and was faultless. Great night for him.
  14. Definite benefit of the shape we used yesterday is how far advanced it allows the wing backs to progress. Without Wotherspoon, I thought Booth struggled a little bit to get into dangerous areas but did put some good crosses in. Rooney had a good game. Back three were solid but largely untested. Craig Bryson has taken his performances up a level in the past couple of months and thought he was very good yesterday. Good touch, used the ball well and drove forward at times. We have good options in the centre of the park with Liam Craig in such good form, so it's about the manager picking the right players for the right games.
  15. I think we are past the stage of debating the aesthetics of the 5-2-3. Even if you accept football doesn't need to be simply about winning games, it's harder to look past the idea that the primary aim is to score goals. For a spell this season, I enjoyed watching us play the new system at home and even yesterday, the first half was a dominant display. But the evidence is damning, we don't score goals at home and 17 games into a league season, the manager shouldn't still be banging his head off a brick wall hoping something miraculously changes. The nature of the formation means there are always positives in individual performances and I can see why there are elements of the display he's happy with but it's just a broken record as it's the same every time we use it. The positives yesterday were the back three were solid again, the wing backs were advanced and I thought Bryson was very good. He's stepped up a level over the past few months. Conway is an intelligent player who knows the system but the legs hold him back. After a bright few minutes to open, Middleton was very quiet but would have liked to see the manager try to switch him over with Conway. The other two players who were disappointing were McCann and Kane. The latter is back to looking like a guy who is incapable of scoring goals. He's a bit like the individual embodiment of the team under this system, looks good at a lot of what he does but can't do the most important thing. If Bryson has stepped up his performances recently, McCann is probably having his poorest spell since coming into the team. A guy that used to never give the ball away but is sloppy with his passing at the moment. Not sure anyone scouting him at the moment will be too impressed. Disappointed we failed to put the pressure on Livingston but league on the back burner for a few weeks now. Get past Clyde, get through the Rangers game then have a real crack at this quarter-final.