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  1. Inverness CT -V- Queen of the South

    I talked to number of folk yesterday on this subject and a fair few just refuse to see his contribution. Rumours are that we can expect a bid for him this month. If he moves on, I suspect he'll be missed more than he's been appreciated.
  2. Inverness CT -V- Queen of the South

    We went back to basics after the Dumbarton travesty and have slowly introduced more attacking intent. I really enjoyed watching us today, particularly in the first hour when Doran, Polwarth & Vigurs were a cut above anything Queens had in midfield. While I remain an Oakleyskeptic, I thought he did a good job of hassling their centre-halfs and the creative players had more space as a result. We retreated & tired in the last half hour, but Calder & Donaldson deserve a mention for going full pelt right to the end. Excellent performances from both.
  3. This season's refereeing

    The standard of refereeing is the same for every team in the league and Robbo needs to take responsibility for failing to have us prepared for it. The likes of Dumbarton, Morton and Livingston are clearly coached to play a physical game which is constantly on the edge of the rules and they apply it with discipline. We try to play more football than those sides, and when our play is thwarted and decisions don't go our way, certain players lose their heads. Vigurs' red seems harsh, but he has been the worst culprit throughout the season. Robbo suggests he's got a reputation for being "talkative". If that means aggressively swearing in faces of the officials then it's hardly surprising if they bear a grudge.
  4. Inverness CT -V- Livingston

    I'll lay out this team just to try and get my head around it. Many surprises: Ridgers McKay Donaldson Warren Chalmers Trafford Vigurs Mulraney Polworth Doran Oakley
  5. Most Improved Player of 2017

    Polworth and Vigurs.
  6. Baird or Oakley

    I would continue with Baird over Oakley until we make further signings. While Baird is clearly not a goal threat, he puts in a power of work and links well with the midfield. Oakley is also hard working, and has more physical presence, but he offers almost nothing in terms of link play. Whether he's competing in the air or receiving the ball to feet, it's a complete lottery as to whether we will retain possession. Very poor management from Robbo to leave us with such poor options up front for the first half of the season.
  7. Morton -V- Inverness CT

    A very poor performance. Morton were carving us open at will until they scored and could've had the game wrapped up inside twenty minutes had it not been for some excellent goalkeeping from Ridgers. Thereafter, they sat off us and saw the game out very comfortably without conceding a single shot on target. Whilst i agree that the referee was abysmal, i think we should also recognise that Morton were far more disciplined than us - all the holding, pushing, time-wasting, winding people up and cynical fouling is clearly coached and well controlled. We, on the other hand, have Vigurs lunging with two feet in the centre of the park for no good reason and Baird pushing Quitongo right in front of the referee while waiting to be booked for a previous retaliation on the same player. I gave Baird a bit of an earful at that point as he seemed to be losing his head and he gave some back as well. I was quite embarrassed later in the game to discover that i had been seated next to Mrs Baird, Mama Baird and Baby Baird throughout. The play-offs are starting to look out of our reach now. The likes of Morton probably have a smaller budget and inferior players but they're just much better drilled for playing in this division. A special mention for Cappielow. It's a delightful time warp, the kids got in free and were presented with a big bag of free sweets from youth team players on arrival, and they played Frankie Laine. It's just the best ground in Scottish football.
  8. MulrAneY 15

    I'm a bit surprised at the ambivalence to this. He's playing well and we don't have any other creative wide players or pace. But, if Robbo is maintaining this kind of relationship with Hearts then surely they could loan us one of the monstrously huge strikers that they tend to use to populate their bench.
  9. Irn Bru Cup semi final

    I we get a trip away, i'd prefer Crusaders simply because they have history behind them and, i assume, a loyal (no pun intended) support base. TNS, like Astra, have moved to a different town in recent years and some of the original supporters of Llansantffraid FC have formed another club a la AFC Wimbledon. One of the few disappointing aspects of the Astra trip was that we weren't really able to engage with the club and its home.
  10. Big Man / Wee man versus Wee Man / Wee Man

    Obviously we're crying out for physical presence up top but I don't think it's up for discussion until we bring someone in. Oakley just doesn't offer nearly enough to justify a starting place.
  11. ALBA HALF TIME FEATURE - RAE & ROBBO

    No, that's a Crown accent.
  12. Inverness CT -V- Falkirk

    It was a bit disjointed & we defended far too deep in the first half but we still look pretty solid & kept the run going. Polly & Vigurs at the heart of all our good play again. Can't believe Polly's still getting stick - there will be bids for him in January on current form. Great to see Doran coming on.
  13. ALBA HALF TIME FEATURE - RAE & ROBBO

    Rae's won me over with the dolphin analogy.
  14. Livingston -V- Inverness CT

    A very tight competitive game in which we had the better chances. Mulraney played well but should've scored when clean through in the 1st half. Bell was more composed with his 1 on 1 in the 2nd but Alexander made a brilliant save. Polworth and Vigurs stood out again, although perhaps not quite at their best. They were both down with knocks during the game and you wonder what we'd be without them. Superb support.
  15. Joe, Joe, Super Joe

    When i first saw Joe Chalmers prancing along the Forthbank touchline i thought he looked like a dud of Vetleesque proportions. At full-back he was frequently done for pace and appeared to have a complete lack of positional awareness. When Robbo moved him into midfield that night his sanity was questioned by most of the travelling support - Chalmers offered nothing positive there, misplacing passes and getting in the way when we tried to create openings down that side. Since then, i've caught a couple of glimpses of his fabled sweet left foot, but seen little to question that first impression. Until yesterday. Yesterday he was one of our best players, making a number of interceptions in midfield, retaining possession well by playing simple balls into Vigurs and Polworth, and getting to bye line on a couple occasions including for the excellent cross that led to the corner for the opening goal. Did anyone see this coming?