Radford 72

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  1. Radford 72

    Harry Curran

    Harry Curran doing the business for Saints back in the day.
  2. Think we have to see how the 3-5-2 (3-4-1-2) goes today. Important that Wotherspoon doesn't get bogged down in midfield like he did when they beat us in December and can find the areas he did last week, when he was very good. Won't be a day for great football but looking forward to seeing how we approach this. Feel it's actually pretty important we don't lose ahead of the final, although accept it'll be a very different game on Hampden pitch. Losing to them three times not great psychologically though, as we saw for United in 2014.
  3. Radford 72

    Rangers PPV

    This is as I feared. I haven't emailed them yet as wanted to hear how folk got on. Sadly, especially considering the club in question, suspect it's just not worth the hassle. I was fortunate in two regards, one that I was in France so could watch the game on Saints TV after the Rangers link failed and secondly that it's the first stream that's failed for me all season. Ironic considering their support were questioning whether Saints' PPV would cope with their support numbers for the game in December.
  4. Radford 72

    Zander

    The penalties aren't included is all.
  5. Radford 72

    Zander

    He was a little poor for the County goal - but redeemed himself later - but that apart, it's been a good recovery from that Rangers game for Clark. Stats won't show that for a while as he has a fair bit to make up from earlier in season. Good character from him to bounce back.
  6. Think it was this guy: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manel_ExpĆ³sito Tommy Wright also took this guy on trial a few years ago: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josu
  7. Football is a squad game but what a difference having McCann and Wotherspoon back in the team. It allows us to play football. I'm not convinced that the former ever really needs rested and if the latter does, it should be as little as possible. I know Liam Craig never lets the side down but having Murray Davidson playing as he can makes such a difference as well, he was also very good this afternoon. To keep their cool in the face of adversity and believe they could play their way back into the game is testament to the players and the way they are coached. Huge win and despite the situation we found ourselves in (defending was poor for their goals), it was a deserved victory. Bit of breathing space now but three hard games coming up... Plus a home game with Celtic...
  8. The finances at Dundee (as always) are certainly interesting. It's hard to see how Cummings fits into this reduced wage structure and I see McPake is talking about how they had to "get creative" which is the same way he spoke about he Charlie Adam deal, where outside investors are subsidising his wage. Dundee certainly aren't alone but there seems little attempt to balance the books, with Timothy Keyes happy to cover any shortfall come the end of each season. As said, he's far from the only guy in Scottish football doing that though. Saints are still run as they were 35 years ago where they don't spend what they don't have. We just have to work that but harder to make sure the signings are right. Agree about our strikers too. The only type we lack is a bigger presence but the manager has shown little inclination of adding that type. It's up to him to get a better tune out of the options he does have.
  9. Like it generally (i.e. for Liverpool, Man City etc...) or for Saints? I thought it took some getting used to in the early weeks of the season as it was a big change from the previous manager. Added to watching the games only on TV and I struggled to buy into it but there's no doubt that the manager got the players well versed in it and for a while in the autumn, I thought we looked a decent team. You've been posting on these forums as long as me and I know you've always been strong on players make a performance, not tactics but it doesn't really tally for me that we can score goals and get results on the road but find it so hard at McDiarmid. I just think we are past the stage of keeping on and simply hoping for a change of fortune. Touched on it in the Killie thread but suspect we are past the stage of moving to a back four this season (having only started with it once) but I think the 3-5-2/3-4-1-2 has been more effective at home and we need to try it more often. Saw the benefits of the 5-2-3 in defending a lead against Hibs but we were fortunate to get ahead with it. It's not about ditching it completely but there is a lack of flexibility from the manager IMO and they will probably make us predicable. Cheers for the constructive reply.
  10. Touched the ball once in the box all night. The positive at least was that the touches he did have were fairly central, as opposed to what we've seen at times when May has started and everything is out wide. You can kind of envisage what sort of striker you need for the system. You can't envisage that sort of striker being attainable for Saints.
  11. We have enough decent players to put out a decent team but that certainly shouldn't include Bryson, Conway or, on current form, O'Halloran. Ali McCann should start every game and David Wotherspoon as often as is possible. Not that I mind the back three but think it's a bit disappointing that, at this stage of the season, you'd be worried about switching to a back four as we haven't used it. Going into next season, I think you need to be flexible enough to switch between both. Usual back five, McCann and Davidson/Craig, then either Wotherspoon and two strikers, or Wotherspoon, Middleton and Kane. Could really do with the three points ahead of games against Old Firm and Livingston.
  12. Is there any attainable striker that would score goals in our preferred system? Think Jason Cummings is a great signing for Dundee. Will build up his confidence in the Championship and take that into the Premiership if they get promoted.
  13. I don't have access to the detail of Wyscout but according to Transfermarkt, we started 5-2-3 (3-4-3) against: Aberdeen, Hibs, Celtic, United, Killie, Motherwell, Rangers and Aberdeen again. We scored from open play only against Killie. We started with 2 strikers against St Mirren, County, Livingston, Hamilton and St Mirren. We scored in 3 of those games and creating chances certainly wasn't a problem against Accies, where we had 28 shots. I'm not sure that 3-5-2 is a solve-all at home but it's definitely better than 5-2-3/3-4-3. Are you happy with the latter system at home?
  14. I would find this bizarre. You target two players more than proven in this league, one a full international and the other a former Player of the Year nominee, and end up with a guy who has started 4 league games for Rangers and a player who has never started a domestic British game. Seems some turnaround from the initial targets. Gilmour is maybe worth a gamble but there has been no long-term thinking in our transfer strategy this season. If we lose players in the summer, there is going to be a lot of work to do.
  15. Taken from @StAnalysis on Twitter: We've played 753 minutes (over 8 full games) at home in the 5-2-3, with just the 1 open play goal. Why is the manager persevering with this formation and is anyone enjoying watching us at home any more when we are using it?
  16. Radford 72

    Zander

    We have not conceded 50 shots on target in the last 6 games! We aren't far over that total for the whole season!
  17. Radford 72

    Zander

    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.
  18. 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.
  19. Radford 72

    Zander

    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?
  20. Radford 72

    Zander

    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.
  21. Radford 72

    Zander

    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.
  22. Radford 72

    Zander

    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.
  23. Radford 72

    Zander

    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?
  24. Radford 72

    Zander

    An assist and two good saves, great stuff from the goalkeeper. That pass for Draper was perfect.