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#1111466 morton v ayr

Posted by SpoonTon on Yesterday, 03:33 PM

McAlister grew into the game and by the end I was happy with the thought of him continuing there ahead of Tumilty. I thought he helped keep the defensive unit relatively tight - he's more aware of what's going on around him than Tumilty.
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#1110473 Who would you keep from current squad for next season?

Posted by SpoonTon on 01 February 2019 - 09:58 AM

I would agree with that, which is exactly the point people like myself are making. He shouldn't be heralded as a legend that gets leeway from our fans because of an adequate career at left midfield for us, which means on his return to us as a central midfielder he should be judged solely on performances, and they haven't been good enough regardless of how well he was liked at Dundee in that position. 


It was clear that McAlister was a talented player in his first spell with us, and I do have some good memories of that time (particularly the Killie match), but I also thought it was clear that he wasn't creative or clever enough to play that attacking role. I remember him playing once in the centre of midfield for us and calling for him to have more game time there. I thought he was badly misused in his first spell with us. The way I see it he was one of the better players we had in a period where we underachieved, and we failed to get as much out of him as we could have. He certainly hasn't been given any leeway, the opposite it would seem. 


I also don't think he has been nearly as bad as people are making out this season. I've been watching the way he plays because of the criticism and I'm still not seeing it. He's been ok, and better than at least half the team IMO. He has been singled out for criticism far more than his performances have deserved. 

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#1109899 January Transfer Window Thread

Posted by SpoonTon on 28 January 2019 - 02:26 PM

And my initial reaction to this is, lol, it's paper talk to get folk clicking.


But then that was my initial reaction to the McKinnon to Falkirk news, too.


It could also a little bit of pressure to get other clubs to increase their offers and move for him now. Dundee were linked and that move would make a lot of sense for them. I said before the game on Saturday that I could see Tidser moving to Dundee this week, I didn't expect Falkirk to be linked like this but I could see him moving on. 


How crazy would it be if we actually let him go to Falkirk this month? It would be akin to begging to be in a relegation battle. 

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#1108525 January Transfer Window Thread

Posted by SpoonTon on 17 January 2019 - 03:54 PM

Can't believe I'm saying this but I'd take Duffy or Moore over JJ based on what I've seen thus far.

Moore relied almost entirely on who he was able to sign. There was no year on year progress, no building of a good core squad, and no particular tactical nous on show. I can understand what you're saying about Duffy, but Moore was a long term disaster for us and would be struggling at least as much as JJ is in this situation imo.
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#1106913 thistle game

Posted by SpoonTon on 29 December 2018 - 05:13 PM

Lee Kilday was actually immense today.
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#1106596 Morton vs Whoever we're playing

Posted by SpoonTon on 23 December 2018 - 11:08 AM

I dread to think what the score would have been if it wasn't for McAlister and Millar holding us together. Can't believe either would be criticised for yesterday.
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#1102562 Takeover Rumours

Posted by SpoonTon on 17 October 2018 - 11:51 AM

The feeder club line gives me the fear. We could have a beneficial arrangement with a couple of loan signings that suits both parties, that could be a great way to improve our squad, but the thought of simply being a total feeder club with another club having an influence over our staff, being forced to pick loan players regardless of their standard and pretty much losing our independence as a club would be pretty terrible.

It was aiming for that kind of arrangement with Hearts that rooted Cowdenbeath to the bottom of League Two, as they persisted with a terrible manager to avoid pissing Hearts off.

We'd constantly be at the mercy of clubs and agents whose players would have to be guaranteed game time. And as a club our primary aim would be to run for the benefit of others. That might benefit us at times, but it's a big risk and we'd be losing our own identity as a club.

My main fear with the Easdales has always been that they seem to be deeply entrenched in a big club/wee club mentality which doesn't really met with how the hardcore support view the club. The other big fear is that they don't have any substantial cash to part with, so a takeover of the club would be likely to be mixed up some other scheme (like being a feeder club for clubs/agents).
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#1094769 The Big 2018-19 Squad Thread

Posted by SpoonTon on 21 June 2018 - 09:01 PM

Jai took us to a League Cup semi final a couple of months after we knocked back the £100k. Financially and in footballing terms he more than made knocking it back worth it.
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#1094549 The Big 2018-19 Squad Thread

Posted by SpoonTon on 19 June 2018 - 10:02 PM

Russell taking an age to decide.

Not performed consistently enough since League 1. We need an upgrade if we're to challenge.

Russell played consistently well in our first season back in the Championship (winning a couple of fan poty awards I'm sure). He got off to a very good start to the following season as well. So it's not true to say that it's been since League One. A patchy 18 months though, certainly.

Messing with his position has been a big problem. He's been terrible at left midfield (and cente mid!), and I don't think that helped his drop in form. I actually think he played pretty well at left back over the last few months, but never got a decent run there. In his last game at left back he was excellent - it's easy to forget that when he's then played in three different roles in his next three matches.

We've got Iredale so it would be tough for him, but he's a good left back at this level. I'd actually say his only really poor run at left back was over the end of the 16/17 season, and patchy form there at the start of last season.
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#1091096 The Big 2018-19 Squad Thread

Posted by SpoonTon on 09 May 2018 - 09:06 PM

Im one of the fudbook guys that have said we should have signed up Harkins, Lamie and Murdoch. I dont think replacing Harkins is an easy task, the folk in this thread suggesting Tids is going to replace him have been watching a different Tidser from me. Guy hasn't seriously kicked a ball for us since he came back.

I think its shortsighted to let our player of the season walk out the door to a promotion rival. Harkins setting up Dobbie is pretty deadly. I also worry that Murdoch and Lamie, potentially Oliver will be looking at whats going on and decide to leave as well. Remember this squad doesnt need a complete overhaul.

Hopefully the new man is appointed sharpish and brings some stability, for now though I'm pretty worried.

Very much disagree on Tidser.

The new manager should be allowed to build his own team. If Harkins was irreplaceable at this level he would be going to a better side than QotS. It's not as if the top half of the league sides were fighting over him and it's not as if he's confident enough to wait and mull over what might be the best deal - he's taken an early offer to make sure he has something. He could have waited a week and signed for the new manager, but I can only assume that he wasnt confident enough to be certain that he would have been what the new manager was looking for.
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#1082155 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by SpoonTon on 09 January 2018 - 04:36 PM

McKay was the type of loan player than you're never going to get the best out of as the club loaning the player. He just wasn't in it 100%. That was made clear at both Raith and Morton. What wasnt clear was whether he had the intensity required or not - he has since shown that he does (I was surprised to see him as a player who would chase down balls that looked like lost causes). I'm not convinced he'll ever move up a level but he's a much better player than he performed out on loan - and I'm of opinion that this was down to the intensity not being there out on loan (which isn't uncommon for loan players).
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#1079116 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by SpoonTon on 24 November 2017 - 09:46 PM

Which’ll be why this is the third post you’ve made since my latest labelling of Bachirou as a little rat.

I made my posts because I have a different opinion on it, not because I was trying to deny anyone else their opinion or because I'm bothered that there are those on here with strong views that are different to mine.

I'm not annoyed that you think he's a little rat, I'm just putting across that not everyone feels that way about it.

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#1079111 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by SpoonTon on 24 November 2017 - 08:13 PM

None of what you’ve said makes Bachirou’s behaviour anything better than an absolute disgrace. That other players do similar is of no concern to me, as I can’t think of any who have done it to our club.

Our winning of the title that season and relative success since doesn’t in any way make his actions and treatment of everyone else at the club somehow acceptable.

Your opinion on it is different to mine. I'm not bothered by that either.
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#1079100 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by SpoonTon on 24 November 2017 - 06:16 PM

No big deal? He continually claimed he was unfit to play when doctors passed him medically fit. Letting down his team mates, the people that pay his wages and the fans. He's a rat with the morals and integrity of Ed de Ball.

He missed 2 cup wins and then left before the league started. We got a decent enough fee, won the league, and he obviously made a good move for himself. He forced the move, but it reached a conclusion in decent time. Sometimes players do that. Sometimes managers try to force players out they don't want. It's often not pretty, but I'm not going to hold a grudge over it. It's not even as if he made a big public fuss about it or bad mouthed the club or anything.

I'm not remotely bothered by it.
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#1079096 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by SpoonTon on 24 November 2017 - 04:55 PM

People tend to forget this part.

He helped us to a second place finish after coming back. It was hardly some big favour.

We were relegated, he wanted to move, we got £20k, then we won the league and he went on to be successful at another club. He forced the move, so what? I'm not quite sure what the big deal is here.
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