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  1. Saw this on Twitter.
  2. Someone told me at the game last night that Sutherland could be out for nine months.
  3. Third placed Championship teams have qualifed for the finals on two previous occasions. 2014/15 - Rangers lost to Motherwell after beating Queen of the South and Hibs 2016/17 - Dundee Utd lost to Hamilton Accies after beating Morton and Falkirk When we finished third in 2018/19 we lost to Dundee Utd in the semi-finals, after beating Ayr.
  4. We've had playoffs in every division since 2013/14. 2013/14 Accies promoted to Premiership Hibs go down, Cowdenbeath stay in Championship, Stirling Albion promoted to League 1 2014/15 Motherwell stay in Premiership Rangers stay down (lol), Alloa stay in Championship, Stenhousemuir stay in League One 2015/16 Killie stay in Premiership Falkirk stay down, Ayr promoted to Championship, Queens Park promoted to League 1. 2016/17 Hamilton stay in Premiership Dundee Utd stay down, Brechin promoted to Championship, Forfar promoted to league 1 2017/18 Livingston promoted to Premiership Partick down, Alloa promoted to Championship, Stenny promoted to League 1 2018/19 St Mirren stay in the Premiership Dundee UTd stay down, Queens stay in Championship, Clyde promoted to League 1 2019/20 No play-offs due to Covid 2020/21 Dundee promoted to Premiership Kille down, Morton stay in Championship, Dumbarton stay in League 1. So it happened in 2018. I don't think many people fancied Livi during that play off, although they had finished second so had one less play off tie to get through.
  5. If we want to get into the promotion play offs then we need to really push on in these last six games. All the teams currently above us have played fewer games so we need to overhaul them. I'd suggest we need to win all of our home games, especially the game against Dundee. Of the three away games we have left we probably need to 'break even' so to speak, four points are a minimum from those. Queens and Morton are normally the games we'd target while viewing Hearts away as a 'bonus' but Hearts will very likely have wrapped up the title by the time we play them and we shoudl definitely look at them as a potential three points. I think it's too much to ask for a relatively small squad with injury worries and a brand new coaching team to be honest. This league is very hard to predict as the teams are all so evenly matched and I think it's just a bridge too far for us to be looking up the way at this point. We do have momentum, which is really important and we also seem to have stumbled, almost by accident, onto a defensive formation that's working for us but fundamentally I don't think we've got the firepower up front to go on the sort of run that's needed. If you look at season 2017/18 where we went on a run to almost hit the play off spots, we won seven and drew one of our last eight games and in those Nathan Austin and George Oakley scored six and four goals between in those games. Do we think a couple of our forwards are going to score three or four goals in the last six games? Maybe the momentum will get them there but I think it's unlikely. ETA - we also had the fortune of having two very poor sides in the league that year, Dumbarton and Brechin, both of whom we played in the run-in. There's no such easy meat in the division at the moment.
  6. Oakley has returned from Bulgaria and signed for Killie. I assume we don't plan to make any signings today?
  7. Good point made on P&B, we pressed Hearts well from the front and might not have had that if we'd had Doran and Keatings playing. Certainly MacGregor's energy and pressure is one of his main assets and I thought he had a good game. Another point made on teh P&B thread is that we've played three best teams in the league in our first four games, hopefully we can pick up some more points in games to come.
  8. I thought we did OK but never looked like we were going to win the game or seriously threaten Hearts. It's frustrsting to concede a goal so quickly after the break, we did the same in the cup semi-final a season or so ago against Hearts. Defensively we were fairly solid but were still stretched, we didn't clear our lines as well as you'd want and that put a bit of pressure back onto us. Goign forward I thought the '3' looked good considering they are all teenagers, esepcially Kennedy who looks like he could be a really useful player in this division. I felt Todorov didn't manage to keep the ball well enough, but it's a difficult shift on your own up front away to probably the best centre halves in the league. While it's great to have three young players like Kennedy, MacGregor and Mackay I think that for all their endevour and good play they didn't create many clear chances. Doran and Keatings both carry more goal threat I think and obviously both were involved in the goal that we did score. Doran obviously isn't match fit though but maybe Keatings coudl be an option to come back in. I thought Harper looked a lot better than in the league cup game, Allardice was good and is having a great start to the season and Welsh was OK as well, although you are just counting the minutes until he gets injured.
  9. Therte's a P&J article about it tocay. It would likely be people with an IV postcode and only the North and South stands would be allowed to open.
  10. The stream was so bad that it makes passing judgement a bit difficult but. I thought we looked a bit disjointed, which is to be expected given the circumstances. There were positives to take from the game, we did create some chances and played some alright stuff at points. I thougth Allardice played well in the middle, he seems quite a composed player who can use the ball well and is positionally good in the middle of the pitch, which is important for us. Daniel Mackay was dangerous and seems like he could fit in at this level. Roddy MacGregor wasn't quite as good as he was against Hearts but he is still a positive contributor., Cameron Harper had a decent game I thought, espeically going forward and played some good crosses. I thought Deas and Devine individually played well enough, as did Duffy. Ridgers had some excelelnt saves as well, really good performance from him. What wasn't so good - I thought some of the defensive organisation was poor, we got caught out a few times and looked a bit slapdash. Given the circumstances (long lay off and then injury disruption causing an unfamiliar formation) that probably isn't surprising but it needs to improve. Also, Brad Mckay was very poor for their goal, the Ayr player ran past him, his attempt at a tackle was exceptionally poor. I don't want to be unkind to our players but I just dont' think he has it at this level. I also thought James Keatings contributions were lacking - he had a couple of good shots but in a team like this with so many young players he should be making himself a focal point and he was fairly anonymous. I'm also not sold on Todorov as our main striker, \I know it's unfair given he's scored two goals in two games but I would have Storey and Sutherland ahead of him.
  11. I thought Ridgers, Deas, Allardice, Welsh, McGregor, Sutherland and Storey played well. Daniel MacKay was OK, as noted by RiG he had a tough assignment on the left where Hearts were strongest. Harper had a really tough game against Ginelly, it'll be a learning experience for him and I thought Duffy was OK, considering he's newly signed. Brad Mackay was poor though and Todorov should have hit the target with the chance he had. I thought we looked more threatening when Keatings came on as well.
  12. Stokes must be the least disciplined footballer currently going. Since he left Celtic four years ago he has - Been released early from his contract by Blackburn - Dropped and released by Hibs for breaching team rules. - Released for missing training and going missing by Greek side Appollon Symri. - Was released by Azeri club Tractor FC (really) for having 103 days of unauthorised absence. - Had his contract terminated early by Turkish team Adana Demirspor - Was released by Persepolis (Iranian superleague) for more unauthorised absence. - Left LIvingston because he didn't want to train on astro. During this time he was also convicted of stalking his ex-girlfriend.
  13. Any word on unattached players training with us?
  14. Stokes last played for Hibs over three years ago. Since then he's bounced around the Greek, Turkish and Iranian leagues with several clubs binning him for disciplinary issues.
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