I don’t know where to start with that performance last night, it truly was bloody awful, abysmal. Easily one of the worst performances of our SPL era and aside from Rosco’s inspirational performance there were almost no positives to take from that game.
Tuffey looked confident and assured in goal tonight but as he didn’t really have anything to do it’s difficult to give him anything more than a neutral score for his performance, he at the very least avoids criticism for last night’s showing.
A hard worker and a player I have really begun to like (mainly as he makes me laugh at least 2 or 3 times every game) is Golobart who was reasonable too, despite the usual couple of shaky moments he seems to have every game, he, as he always does, put in an effort.
Ross Tokely - Brilliant as always. How much better did we look up front when he went forward for the last 5 minutes? Last night I thought for a moment, maybe this is a role he could be very useful in for us since all we do is hoof high balls forward all the time. I quickly realised however that the massive Ross Tokely sized hole that would be left in defence would probably cost us more goals than he would help us create at the other end.
Piermayr and Shinnie were at best average.
Jones largely seemed to let the game pass him by and looked like he was scared to get stuck in (maybe with his recent injury in mind).
Foran has been garbage all season and was garbage last night.
Tansey ran about endlessly without contributing anything constructive.
Sutherland at times played quite well, he showed willing and a few flashes of talent but every time the final ball was awful.
Billy McKay never stood a chance last night, why persist in pumping high balls forward to the smallest player in our team all night. It was obvious from the start (and in previous games) that this isn’t working (why would it)? As far as I’m concerned the jury is still out on McKay but under the current system we will never find out how good he is.
Tade had an off day, as someone has mentioned previously he is very much a form player and last night I can categorically say, “he was not on form”.
Nick Ross looked good when he came on and should have been introduced earlier.
Gnapka – Despite some of the criticism he has come under on here I think he looks like he has the potential to be a very good player, never had time to make an impact and was unlucky with his chance.
Whilst I’m a big fan of Terry Butcher and I am more than happy to have him as our manager, it’s obvious the current system is not working and changes need to be made. Listening to his post match interview last night is sounds as though he may be considering this, although he is starting to sound like a broken record as far as this is concerned. We have been horrendously unlucky with injuries this season and undoubtedly would be much higher in the league had we kept a fully fit squad, for this Terry can’t be blamed. We have the basis of a good team and with a little tweak here and there and a fully fit squad I think the outlook for next season looks fairly positive.
That said, I am away this weekend and quite glad I won’t have to sit through another 90 minutes of that dross.