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#1118940 Player of the Year 2018-19

Posted by SpoonTon on 10 May 2019 - 11:11 AM

Tidser. By far our best player at the start of the season. His goals and assists have been important throughout. He made a big difference when he came back into the starting line-up for the last few games. 


Kiltie made an important impact as well over the last couple of months of the season, but less of an impact overall. I don't think anyone else really comes into the conversation. 

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#1118815 Davie McKinnon.. New Chief Executive?

Posted by SpoonTon on 08 May 2019 - 01:05 PM

Take it from this quick appointment Hawke was summarily dismissed rather than "resigned"?

He woke up on Friday morning with a horse's head in his bed beside him, with the word 'resign' written in blood on the wall.
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#1117168 Fan Ownership - Morton Club Together

Posted by SpoonTon on 27 April 2019 - 11:49 AM

GC is a shareholder, not the club itself. What is happening is that the club is willing to create extra shares and give them to MCT in exchange for investment. It’s pretty much a closed share issue. That’s the same deal that any other investors would likely get because we’re dealing with a dysfunctional football club that GC wants rid of here and not a controlling stake in Apple. No one is going to hand over money for GC’s shares, ever.

Are you replying to me, or just having your own conversation?
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#1116255 Which players would you keep

Posted by SpoonTon on 18 April 2019 - 08:45 AM

Yeah if Waddell wasnt't offered a new deal by Dundee then sure, I'd be looking to go and have a chat. He definitely has raw potential, and his form has suffered like most of the team under the buffoon in the dugout, but I see potential in there.

If Buchanan is going to sign up for next season then I don't think we can afford to bring in Waddell. Their strengths and, more importantly, weaknesses are too similar for them to play together. They don't have 90 minutes of concentration between them.
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#1116107 ton v inverness

Posted by SpoonTon on 16 April 2019 - 08:39 PM

I think tonight showed that we have some good players, but a rubbish manager.
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#1115765 Fans Q&A

Posted by SpoonTon on 15 April 2019 - 09:39 AM

If we go Part-Time then the club is gone

The club is almost 150 years old, it won't be gone. It's a club with a decent history and decent potential to grow. But we won't move forward without new ideas, better leadership, and proper investment. When that happens, the enthusiasm will return (even if we had slipped to part time football for a while - maybe that will even help in forcing a change in direction for the club).
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#1115757 ton v inverness

Posted by SpoonTon on 15 April 2019 - 08:53 AM

Basic goalkeeping stats can often be misleading, but the very basic stats go along with my impression of the season so far - we're stronger with Gaston in goals. 




11 starts, 0.72 points per game, 1.27 goals conceded per game.




11 starts, 1.18 points per game, 1.73 goals conceded per game.




10 starts, 1.50 points per game, 1.1 goals conceded per game. 


Gaston's distribution had improved this season, so had the command of his box (he had an excellent, commanding performance against Ross County in his last match). It hasn't been flawless, but he has had the best influence on the team of the three 'keepers this season IMO. I'm not at all saying that the stats prove it, but I'm not surprised by them. I think he should be back in goals for this one. 

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#1114931 queens v ton

Posted by SpoonTon on 06 April 2019 - 03:56 PM

As funny as Falkirk getting beat is, would a draw have been better for us?

It all depends on what happens next. Win on Tuesday and we're 7 points ahead of Alloa with 4 games left. If we win on Tuesday then that was a great result for us. If we lose on Tuesday then it wasn't a great result for us.
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#1114622 ayr v morton

Posted by SpoonTon on 02 April 2019 - 01:53 PM

I couldn’t care less what Jim Duffy stated at the time - he’s hardly going to say anything other than that. Looking at both his and the club’s long track record of ‘addressing injury problems’ though shows an enormous list of Luke Donnelly type ringers being brought in as cover rather than massive upgrades (in Gunning’s case) on what we already had in the first team. If you think that the club or Duffy were uniquely willing to address a bog-standard, two week injury absence by paying Gunning’s substantial wages until January in that case then you’re utterly deluded.

Indeed, if the budget was there all along then they could of course have signed both players for the starting eleven in July. Then we could have launched a genuine title challenge instead of pissing the first few weeks of the league campaign against the wall by losing to relegation fodder like Ayr United. Strange how that straightforward approach trumps the club and Duffy’s supposedly masterful, 4D chess approach to the transfer market.


I don't know the exact financial ins and outs of those deals. I don't think Murdoch came in for anything like big money - I don't think he was ever a particularly high earner at Morton. Gunning was on the record that it certainly wasn't the money that brought him to Morton. But yeah, maybe Duffy made a case for extra funds for those players - we all know that sometimes Dougie could be convinced to do that. As I said, I don't know details, but I doubt we weren't breaking the bank. 


There's nothing here to suggest that the board panicked because of what happened at Ayr. As Duffy explained at the time, we had a number of injuries and this reached a point by the Ayr game when we needed to rectify matters. This was certainly evident in the performance at Ayr, and by how stretched the squad was in that game. The players I mentioned were out for about 2 months. I don't know where you are getting two weeks from. 


If Duffy used up all his budget in the summer, then he wouldn't have been able to address specific issues in September. Gunning wouldn't have signed in the summer in any case. 


There is no reason to doubt what Duffy said about why the signings were made.


On Gunning:


Morton boss Jim Duffy told gmfc.net: “We have signed Gavin Gunning until January and I’m thrilled to have been able to bring him to the club.

“It wasn’t a priority – as I mentioned a few weeks ago we understand we need to look a little bit more in the forward areas, in terms of a goal threat – but with injuries to Ricki [Lamie], Conor [Pepper], Lee Kilday struggling and Mark [Russell] suspended, it forced our hand to go and see if we could add a player who would complement us.

On Murdoch:

Ton boss Jim Duffy told gmfc.net: “Obviously I’m delighted to be able to bring in another talented young player who can add competition to that area of the pitch.

“We know when everyone is back fit and ready, we will be really strong in that area, but at this moment in time we’re really stretched by injuries and I felt it was important to try and bring someone else in to help us compete.

“It was something we’d spoke about for the last couple of weeks with us assessing the injuries, with Michael Tidser and Conor Pepper in the midfield area and moving Thomas O’Ware back in [to defence] with Lee Kilday and Ricki Lamie out.

“The only two natural midfielders we have available at this moment in time is Ross Forbes and Jamie Lindsay, and we had people recommended to us, but I would rather have somebody I know of and knew about.

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#1114617 ayr v morton

Posted by SpoonTon on 02 April 2019 - 12:43 PM

Erm yes, because we all know that the club always signs quality replacements when an injury happens during the season. Our top-dollar replacement for Denny Johnstone this season is a testament to that.

Duffy stated at the time that he hadn't spent all of his budget, and that he chose to make additional signings because of our injury problems. Our situation this season, which has been discussed at length, is not the same as our situation that season.
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#1114359 ton v thistle

Posted by SpoonTon on 30 March 2019 - 05:03 PM

JJ is being allowed to sign dross like Dykes for next season. For whatever reason, it doesn't look like he's going anywhere.
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#1113626 morton v alloa

Posted by SpoonTon on 14 March 2019 - 12:03 PM

The goals had been coming for the entire second half though so the manner in which they finally happened is irrelevant. 


Not entirely. 


I absolutely agree that JJ's focus has been wrong and that too many time he has put the team under too much pressure at the back. But the game against Partick Thistle a couple of weeks earlier played out in the same manner, expect the defence did its job and we ended up winning 2-1. We weren't any better that day, we didn't play the game in any particularly different way. You could say that the Thistle goals had been coming all second half, but only one did because the defence actually did its job to a competent enough degree (as it did against Ross County the next week as well).


That doesn't take away from the criticisms of JJ, but if the defence does its job under pressure two weeks in a row and then shots itself spectacularly in the foot the following week you can't just blame the manager's failings. 

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#1113624 morton v alloa

Posted by SpoonTon on 14 March 2019 - 11:46 AM

We competed well enough at County despite ultimately being undone by conceding terrible goals again, but this is a completely different kind of test and it’s one Johansson has failed miserably twice already. Both defeats to Alloa have been a direct result of Goodwin schooling him, as Johansson either made changes which played right into his hands or failed to make any changes in response to Alloa taking control of the game. He has to show he’s learned from those defeats.


Taking less than four points from the next two games would be yet another sackable offence.


The first game was the biggest early warning sign about JJ. We had control of the game, even if it was sliding towards a 0-0, until he brought Gary Oliver on in midfield. 


You can certain argue for the same type of issues in the second game, but we lost because an spectacularly inept sequence of defending. While failing to win that game might have been a direct result of managerial decisions, the most direct reason for that defeat was our astounding own goal. 

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#1112919 ross county v the ton

Posted by SpoonTon on 06 March 2019 - 11:21 AM

Ross County have an excellent home record this season. Best in the league by a distance. We have a pretty poor away record and have lost our last three.

I fancy a draw. Proper coupon buster, this one.
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#1112507 The Tidser Thread

Posted by SpoonTon on 01 March 2019 - 11:37 AM

When we finished in the promotion playoffs and reached the League Cup semi final Tidser couldn’t get a starting place in our team: a free agent that we picked up in September and a quality loan were the basis for that success. So while it’s hardly ideal to lose a player of Tidser’s quality and have to make another addition to the squad this summer, it’s really not the death knell to all ambition that people are shrieking about on here. Every player has a maximum possible worth to the club and if Tidser wants to chase more money elsewhere by joining King Snake’s outfit then hell mend him.

I thought you'd bring this up. I agree that a plan for success doesn't need to revolve around Tidser. I also think that a midfield three of Lindsay, Murdoch, and Tidser would have been outstanding if Duffy knew how to make that work.

I also think that it helps if a club plans for more than just the season at hand.
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