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Well I wouldn't exactly say that it was comfortable but we looked in control for the most but survived some hairy moments. Rodgers wasn't really tested but that is due to the back four being simply immense. Devine was absolutely outstanding and Boyes, Duffy and Harper were close behind. What a free kick from Harper which turned out to be the winner. Kerr played in a strange position in a cross between a full back and wing back. Anderson outshone Long staff although committment was never in doubt. Disappointed in Doran and Billy and both are past their sell by dates. Billy would have had a comfortable brace in days of you're. Samuel is a McGinn version of a centre forward and sure knows how to win a foul. I have seen all the comments about not going forward enough or shooting enough BUT the ONLY player running the line up front was Samuel. Everybody else goes wide !! We have NOBODY to support Samuel. And don't tell me that Dunc told Lawal to cut the ball back 🤣 The worst feeling for me is when the chant of we are staying up started with 3-4 minutes to go. But the Dogs of War mentality was clear to see and that was a big, big result. Noticeable that Dunc left the players to take all the acclaim at the end. Another ++ for the big man

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Only three games left
1. Dundee Utd 33 20 8 5 68 22 68
2. Raith Rovers 33 18 8 7 52 42 62
3. Partick Thistle 33 13 12 8 58 50 51
4. Airdrieonians 33 15 6 12 44 38 51
5. Dunfermline 33 11 9 13 39 44 42
6. Ayr United 33 12 6 15 50 57 42
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8. Inverness CT 33 9 11 13 37 37 38
9. Queens Park 33 9 9 15 43 56 36
10. Arbroath 33 6 5 22 34 77 23
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A much needed 3 points and a good performance to go with it. My only issue (and it is a repetitive one) we never looked likely to score. If we never scored that free kick we would have been in trouble. You can have 90% of the ball and play some lovely passes but if the end product isn’t there it means nothing. 

I was really impressed with Samuel today, he uses his body really well. Holds the ball up using his strength and even won us a couple smart fouls. 

I did notice that Dunc went straight down the tunnel at full time and thought that seemed a little odd. I know he has had a bit of stick recently but I was expecting him over, anyone else feel the same? 
 


 

 

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I see we now have the 2nd best defensive record in the league, after Utd. But we have also the 2nd worst goal scoring record too, just above Arbroath. And it won’t surprise anyone at all that our games have had fewer goals than any other team in the league.

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Another great awayday despite the nerve wracking final minutes when we dread losing a last minute goal - thank you Mark Ridgers.    Well done to Cammy Harper, a great goal at ‘our’ end - plus points to Alex Samuel who takes a lot of punishment, he must get plenty bruises but never gives up and has the heart our Club needs. Please ICT can we try to keep him?  

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8 hours ago, ICTPaisley said:

A much needed 3 points and a good performance to go with it. My only issue (and it is a repetitive one) we never looked likely to score. If we never scored that free kick we would have been in trouble. You can have 90% of the ball and play some lovely passes but if the end product isn’t there it means nothing. 

I was really impressed with Samuel today, he uses his body really well. Holds the ball up using his strength and even won us a couple smart fouls. 

I did notice that Dunc went straight down the tunnel at full time and thought that seemed a little odd. I know he has had a bit of stick recently but I was expecting him over, anyone else feel the same? 
 


 

 

Big Dunc has been criticised on here and on Wyness Shuffle for fist pumping at the end of matches.  It’s a shame if he feels he can no longer celebrate with the travelling fans as for me him celebrating with the fans at Arbroath in September was highlight of the season - admittedly there haven’t been too many.  

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I thought we deserved the win and whilst we were pretty sound defensively I was disappointed at how toothless we were going forward. We didn't create much of note. Neither did Queens mind but very little to show from an ICT perspective. 

Cracking free kick by Harper. It was in as soon as it left his boot. Only other real chance of note for us was perhaps the Mckay opportunity when he passed up a 1 on 1 in the second half. 

Queens were desperately poor though. Whilst we had little attacking threat for most of the 90 minutes the home side were seldom able to muster a shot. Sheridan had a well struck effort saved at the start of the second half and Paton almost snatched a late equaliser when the ball dropped to him in the box but it seemed to roll down his shin instead of connecting with his foot and Ridgers saved easily. 

Gives us a real chance to avoid the playoffs now but it's far from  over.

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"we never looked likely to score" ?!! - Billy and Lawal missed absolute sitters. Billy missed a clear chance in the first half and we had 2-3 efforts blocked. As I alluded to before Samuel is our ONLY up front option. Billy and Doran were played due to the need for their presence and we went 5 at the back  - but still should have won comfortably.

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2 hours ago, robbo1985 said:

Big Dunc has been criticised on here and on Wyness Shuffle for fist pumping at the end of matches.  It’s a shame if he feels he can no longer celebrate with the travelling fans as for me him celebrating with the fans at Arbroath in September was highlight of the season - admittedly there haven’t been too many.  

Sorted 😁

 

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I’m struggling to think of many direct free kicks we’ve scored in recent years. Having to go back as far as Barry Robson for the last player I can recall who you could trust to either score or at least make the keeper work hard.

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Delighted on a Sunday  morning with two wins on the trot for the first time this season I think.

Some on here spent the season being continually critical and there were many negative comments about Big Dunc recruiting defenders,but frankly we needed to get a strong back line and my how we now seem to have got there.This takes care of keeping the back door shut as evidenced by our record,but what is  glaringly obvious now is that we are and have been desperate for a proven striker.Billy in his day was that person, but now, despite his ongoing efforts and tireless running,he  no longer has that striker skill set and it is clear that a good part of our problem this season was and is lack of  goals.

Of course it is a team game and the boys have to defend and attack as a unit,but now we need to look at our attacking players and options and recruit well in the summer.We need to start by trying as hard as we can to keep Samuel and some of the other loanees.We need to try and keep our defence intact,enhance the midfield and go out a find a ' nugget'who is a proven goal scorer.

 

 

 

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Credit where credit is due Big Dunc got the result despite his many doubters so he should be loudly applauded for that alone. 
We are obviously not still safe but it gives us a platform for the last few games and it’s basically in our own hands. 
Even more surprising though seeing the Immoral Green brigader at the game tickets at Porkheid must be on the scarce side while the title race is so tight.

Well done to Big Dunc and the players delighted for Cameron Harper being a local

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4 hours ago, robbo1985 said:

Big Dunc has been criticised on here and on Wyness Shuffle for fist pumping at the end of matches.  It’s a shame if he feels he can no longer celebrate with the travelling fans as for me him celebrating with the fans at Arbroath in September was highlight of the season - admittedly there haven’t been too many.  

Pretty sure the guys on the podcast didn't criticise him for fist pumping at the end of games rather doing it when we lost and hadn't played particularly well. Which is a little odd. 

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15 hours ago, IMMORTAL HOWDEN ENDER said:

What is happening folks - was Dunc spot on in his summing up ? 🤔

Honestly It's the same post match he's done for the past two months...but let's not deflect from a great result against a poor queen's side.

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