Radford 72

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  1. Radford 72


    We have not conceded 50 shots on target in the last 6 games! We aren't far over that total for the whole season!
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    Yet more whataboutery. Its not that Clark is poor, it's that the stats are "pure mince" obviously. Imagine wanting to judge a goalkeeper on his ability to save shots! Alien stuff! Unfortunately, those who aren't predispositioned to defend everything also have eyes. Amazingly enough, I suspect Mannus, Main etc... would rank highly because they were good goalkeepers. That's kind of the way it works.
  3. I agree. They will get the games played down the line this time round if there is a suspension of play. I don't think that'll happen either though, certainly not for an extended spell.
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    It's the same stuff whenever a player is criticised. Need a hate figure, all players in that position are criticised by our dreadful fans etc... The irony is that the very people trying to dispute black and white evidence are the ones fabricating claims like above. Alan Mannus did have a dip in form in his Saints career and was replaced by Zander Clark, as should happen when a player isn't performing well or to standards set. What happened was that Mannus raised his game and won the shirt back, after which both goalkeepers seemed to bring the best out of each other. Without going back over the whole thread, I'd suggest virtually all the posts being critical of Clark set out the reasons why. Maybe, instead of just criticising those making the posts and endulging in whataboutery, those backing the goalkeeper could make the case for why he's, in their eyes, playing to an acceptable standard and is above criticism. Anyone?
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    This is what gets me. Folk can argue with the stats (and these aren't advanced metrics, they are very simple: basically shots on target minus goals conceded) but are they not watching the guy? It annoys me that people are saying he's a hate figure or whatever. For a long time, people have kept quiet and backed him, keeping reservations to themselves. But this is 18 months now of poor form, eventually the patience is going to break. Saying we shouldn't criticise him until the summer because he's here until then whatever is fair enough I suppose but trying to claim he's not playing poorly, I just find that bizarre from anyone that actually watches a lot of the team in action.
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    Neither of those points is accurate though. We give up very few chances (essentially only Rangers and Celtic concede fewer shots on target). Are you really saying that our defence, who give up so few shots at goal, give up such bad chances that a save rate of 55% is acceptable, when you see the figures for other teams? If you identify a weakness in the team, we should just turn a blind eye to it and instead make up unjustified criticism of other players, like the defenders? I understand backing players but it can't go on indefinitely. He was good today but then St Mirren didn't have a shot on target... But to reiterate the main point, do you think a save rate of 55% is good enough? Yes or no will do.
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    Livingston had the second worst performing goalkeeper in the league but look at how their form has rocketed since they replaced him with simply an average keeper. In my opinion, Saints would be up to 12 points better off with.an average goalkeeper, which I think would offer a far truer reflection on our performances this season. Blind loyalty to a massively underperforming goalkeeper from both the management and the support only holds the team back.
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    These are team figures for the percentage of on target shots saved in Premiership this season: 85% Rangers 84% 83% 82% 81% 80% 79% 78% 77% Hibernian, St Mirren 76% 75% 74% Aberdeen, Dundee United 73% Celtic 72% 71% 70% 69% Kilmarnock 68% Motherwell 67% 66% Ross County 65% Hamilton Accies 64% 63% 62% Livingston 61% 60% 59% 58% 57% 56% St Johnstone If our goalkeeper(s) was even performing to the average, given how few shots on target we give up, we'd have conceded around 21 goals, as opposed to 33 goals. How many more points does that give us?
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    An assist and two good saves, great stuff from the goalkeeper. That pass for Draper was perfect.
  10. The business Saints did this summer was short-term, with loans and two aging players. Folk excused this by using the pandemic and that's fair enough but with the end now hopefully in sight, it's important they don't stand still. We still have the smallest squad in the league and have maintained success over the last 15 years by never needing large overhauls. So whilst it's easy and tempting to talk about loans in January, this needs to be balanced against preventing the requirement for a big turnover this summer.
  11. Wouldn't be surprised if he brings McCann back in as he'll miss the next two games. You then have scenario where Bryson might need to play 3 games in a week and McCann potentially hasn't played for a month if he doesn't feature for Northern Ireland, which can't be great for match fitness. Always a tough game against a very well organised Kilmarnock team.
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    Steve brown

    No news is good news where Saints are concerned, especially when news likely involves Steve Brown speaking in public.
  13. Thought he was heavily involved again on Saturday but the stats show he lost possession 12 times. The other 9 outfield starters did so only 16 times between then and nobody more than 3 times. He did a lot of decent stuff but it wasn't his day when it came to key moments. A lot of folk looking at the league table but it's irrelevant for me at the moment. It's like being in a pack in the early laps on a long distance race, it doesn't really matter where you are. I've seen more than enough to still feel confident Saints can have a good season.
  14. Radford 72


    Nobody would claim that Clark wasn't compotent enough a few seasons ago but I struggle to grasp that there can still be supporters that feel comfortable with him in nets for us. This thread isn't about the goalkeeper he used to be. If the argument is that he can return to that level then hopefully he'll start showing it soon as it has been 18 months of poor performances. Right back to the start of last pre-season in Ireland, he had errors against Glentoran and Linfield and then carried it into the Celtic game. It's as if he's never recovered and the nadir had to be that spell in spring where he lost that goal against Motherwell and then had a performance for the ages in the closing stages at Ross County, flapping at everything and looking like he'd never seen a football before. Like most, I'd like nothing more than Clark to do well for us and I think that's shown by how little disquiet there has been about such an extended period of poor form but eventually something was going to need said and the dissenting voices would grow. No matter how popular someone is, you can't afford to carry someone in such a key position. Hopefully his recovery and a return to the player we had a few seasons ago starts tomorrow.
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    Analysts have built up huge databases of shot locations and outcomes in the Scottish Premiership and similar leagues dating back over years. If a right-footed shot is taken by a right-footed player under pressure and with two defenders between him and the goal, they will have every outcome from the hundreds or thousands of times this has happened. This means they can attribute a likely percentage of a goal being scored (xG) or the shot being saved (xSv). If a goalkeeper saves a shot that has a more than x% chance of being scored historically, then that would be regarded as a goal saved by the average goalkeeper for a league of the Premiership's standing. For the last 18 months, these numbers routinely show that Clark concedes goals that extensive data suggests the average goalkeeper would save. And, in my opinion, that backs up exactly what I'm seeing with my own eyes.