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  1. Broon

    For sale?

    Seemed a reasonable post. Any need for the abuse?
  2. I'd have Spoony over O'Halloran on the left every day of the week. It's his strongest position. Mikey on the other hand has no left foot, has lost a wee bit of his pace and isn't that effective cutting inside. He needs to play wide right or through the middle.
  3. Spoony is a class act. We are and always have been a better team when he plays. Consistently gets assists and goals. Yes he loses the ball a lot but that's because he never hides and never just punts it aimlessly. He should be first pick for left midfield, we are a far more balanced team when he plays.
  4. Energetic, ball winning box to box. Scores a decent amount of goals but see him more in the Chris Millar mould.
  5. I thought we would have signed him last month and then earlier this month so I've no idea if we would. I've no doubt Wright's been told to balance the books though so feels like 1 in 1 out at the moment. The Foster saga is odd though, more to that one than is being said.
  6. Whilst I'm buzzing we've signed May let's not pretend Brown and Wright's management of the transfer window has been nothing short of a shambles. And as for investment in the team, maybe. I still see a threadbare defence and a gap in central midfield and we did just ship out another first team player to bring May in today. I'm assuming we already have a replacement for Foster but we are definitely 3 short of a big enough squad. We have problems at Saints, we are a well run business but we're nowhere near professional enough in how we run the football club. All that will be forgotten on a Saturday when the team runs out but just because we are a solid business it doesn't mean we shouldn't still be aiming to improve all the time on and off the park.
  7. 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?
  8. 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
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. Broon

    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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Exactly the performance I wanted from him in front of the scouts
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.