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  1. Carson was easily the best player on the pitch. He reads the game far better than Vincent, puts in plenty of tackles and was the only player who attempted to block the opening goal for Arbroath. At times in the 1st half we were playing 4-2-4 with Vincent posed missing on a number of occasions. Hopefully Welsh and Carson in the middle against Dundee. Vincent would be better playing as a number 10 - so Keatings or Vincent? No room for both IMO. Walsh was poor (by his standards) and I was surprised he stayed on ahead of Doran. Todorov should get a start, Storey made an impact but I was a little disappointed that McGregor didn't get on.
  2. Based on the Cove game and today a few observations: The defence has been left exposed by the ineffective midfield. Why Trafford and Vincent today. Vincent in centre midfield does not work - he needs to play the number 10 role or be on the bench. Carson looks like a quality midfielder and once we have Welsh back I think we will win a lot of midfield battles, he needs a ball winner next to him and that is not Vincent. Keatings has shown little desire to track back and we are not defending from the front. Todorov has shown more desire and skill in the past two games as a sub than White and should start against Utd. Macgregor was positive when he came on against Cove, yet didn't get on today 😕 I think we will have a good season, but we need to get back to basics. Defend from the front and playing football, not lumping it up to White and hoping for the best.
  3. Kevin Clancy. He was the referee in our 2-2 game with County (is there a theme!)
  4. Good offer but why do we persist with charging U12s for having a season ticket in the main stand when adults / parents already pay a premium.
  5. The club clearly want to get funds in early, however I find it bizarre that they have only advertised this in the semi-final programme over 2 weeks ago. I find it strange that they then delay the option to purchase until the 6th May 😑 I think it's a good offer and I would have renewed by now if they had been on sale. For those complaining about pay dates....I will renew next week by credit card, get my statement in June and pay it off from my June salary 😃
  6. Only 5 points required to secure a play off spot (poss 4 given GD). Lets hope we can secure asap so some players can get a rest and some of the younger lads some game time as we will need everyone ready given the number of fixtures over a short period. Looking at the remaining fixtures for Ayr they may not pick up many more points this month so we could pip them for 3rd!
  7. Good to see an appointment who has no links to existing or previous board members. Will hopefully have lots of ideas and contacts to generate new income / investment for the club. Time will tell if it is a good appointment but he has far more experience than our previous CEO (and the board). Lets back the guy rather than looking for reasons to dismiss him before he has started.
  8. I've said this time and time again. Get the kids along and whilst it won't happen overnight it will lead to a larger fan base in the future. The club should also be giving out tickets to kids football clubs / groups. I'm not sure what the ratio would be, but 20 kids and 5 adult tickets would cost max £100 with the potential of 25 new fans who can spend money on food etc at the game. If 5 kids want to keep coming then the £100 would be recouped in one game (cost of 5 parents). We only have 5 home fixtures left this season (before the pay offs!). If the club were to give out 200+ kids tickets for each of the remaining home game and we have a good run until the end to the season there is a great opportunity to attract more interest in season tickets for next season.
  9. Not so much an accusation as an observation "Not so much nowadays though"... that is my point. I recall a few years ago where there were on occasion groups of kids (schools possibly) in the far end of the North stand. If the club did this for 'every' game it might make a difference, not just now and again. Yes over 25 years they probably have. I have primary school age children and in the past 4 years I have not heard of tickets being offered to their school or at the many other activities they undertake. Perhaps someone on the forum has recent experience of tickets being handed out to primary schools.
  10. It has been mentioned many times but we need to attract more youngsters to games. The club should be giving away 100+ free tickets to primary schools for every home game. No cost to the club and it may attract new fans, plus additional income on match day (food / drinks). I also think the club should have 5 a-side matches for kids before games and a half time. You could have four teams playing a round robin before the game with the top two teams playing a final at half time. This would attract family and friends of those playing and provide the fans with some entertainment! If the club had invested in younger fans 10 years ago our attendances might be a lot better today.
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    As we are skint then I'm not surprised we took cash for Oakley, we are however left relying on White and Austin(if fit) as our senior strikers. Perhaps more game time for younger players!
  12. Ok, I'll add Doran, White, Austin and Trafford so as not to single him out.
  13. Very frustrating today! Having gone 1-0 up utd were there to be attacked, Walsh fails to play in Polworth to make it 2-0 and from then on Utd were the only team trying to score. Apologies we did make an effort to score once it was 1-1.... why wait until then!!! Despite Utd being poor they still created very good chances, Ridgers earned us a point today and McCart had his best game for us. Our strikers are poor, only Oakley puts in any effort. If Daniel Mackay is fit I'd get rid of White and Austin in January. Two wages saved, use the money to bring in a higher quality striker / attacking midfielder. Can someone tell me how Chalmers gets 90 mins every week, he is hopeless. He is superb at turning an attack into defence, he can't cross a ball or take a decent free kick or corner. He must be some player in training! Top 4 is the best we can hope for so lets see some of the youth players getting more game time. If we can use this season to bring through some youth players it will give us a better chance next season as I can't see us getting promoted this season. And finally what a shocking crowd today.
  14. Same old story of missed chances, but at least we are creating them. Robbo can't legislate for Rooney gifting Alloa a penalty but similar to the Dunfermline match our game management in the last 10 minutes was shocking. Polworth gets a fair amount of stick but playing him on left side is a complete waste of time. He doesn't hide and therefore his errors are noted more than his fellow midfielders leading me on to....... Why does Robbo persist with Joe Chalmers - he is the worst midfielder we have yet gets 90 mins every week. He hides, can't tackle and every attacking move that goes through him slows the game down and teams get back in to position to defend. His corners were awful, look at the crosses put in by Walsh and Calder why are they not taking corners? Hope the strikers are practicing penalties for the foreseeable future - they should be fighting over taking penalties, not hiding behind a central defender. Whilst we should have 9 points on the board we don't, but we are only 2 off top spot. Three tricky fixtures coming up, these are the games we must take points from if we are going to fight for a top four finish.
  15. Well an interesting line up tonight. Despite a defeat I felt there were far more positives than there was in the Ayr game. We created a lot of chances in the second half and had we not gifted Dunfermline a penalty (possibly should have been a free kick on the edge of the box) we may have won the game. Thoughts on the team: Daniel Mackay - had a great first 20-30 mins and then fell out of the game. Has a great future but may be best used as an impact player from the bench this season. Sean Welsh - was very composed and our best midfielder tonight. Looks a better player than Chalmers and Trafford and hope to see him start v Alloa. Charlie Trafford - had a terrible first half and the team seemed to lose confidence in him after his assist for their goal. I'd still play him ahead of Chalmers because he puts in a tackle. Ricky Calder - my MOM, caused a lot of problems for Dunfermline in the second half. Creates width and he can cross a ball, would be good to see him play left midfield in front of Tremarco. Jamie McCart - solid game and would be my preferred centre back with Donaldson. Jordan White - great hold up play and if he gets a run of games could prove a good signing. Thought he improved further when Oakley came on and perhaps a White/Oakley strike partnership is the way forward. Tom Walsh - created a number of chances and when we get the ball to him he always looks to go forward. Created width which we desperately needed. Shaun Rooney - caught out for the winning goal and needs to practice his crossing. Polworth / Doran / Brad McKay - plenty of effort but not their best games. Robbo - the substitutions made a difference, and we were more composed with Trafford removed and Polworth playing in the middle. And finally we need to practice corners - we had so many but there was no creativity, put into the box in hope rather than training ground moves.