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9 minutes ago, jjbscotty12 said:

Are you confident when morelos is one on one with a keeper? He simply is-not  and will not be good enough to lead our line. 

I was confident before it started son. Awrite.

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Match sharpness is still lacking, lots of new players in the team and some of the deadwood we need to shift on. I am hopeful that we will improve and be much better than last season. We need another goal scorer and someone to unlock tight defenses.

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Happy enough with the result. New players needing time to gel. Obviously match sharpness not quite there. The important thing was getting a lead going into the away leg just frustrating as should have killed the tie with the chances missed.  Few kneejerk reactions on here. Competition upfront a must a creative midfielder and right winger. We may have that in Ejara for midfield although too early to say. If alot off us can see this rest assured Gerrard will too.

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New players still need time to gel and we were turgid going forward against a packed defence. The last two subs made a big difference by adding some creativity and plays we like to see. We wanted and expected more tonight but we didn't get it though if it had been 3-0 there would likely be much less moaning. However, 2-0 should be enough but overall only a 5/10 performance. 

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It was disappointing tonight but sometimes I think the supporters create a very hard environment for our players to play , players play the easy 5 yard square ball with the thought well it’s no my fault now if it goes tits up , with our budget,  it’s not just a players ability that’s decreased from what we’re used to it’s mentality awareness the lot , these lads if two or 3 passes go astray and the fans lambast them haven’t got the mentality to keep going to receive the ball to try again , they hide and play it 5 yards square , we’re to quick to start the rumblings of discontent round the ground ,14 mins in tonight it started 

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Easy OK

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Hate to say it but Ross McCrorie is doing absolutely fuck all for me.

Game passed him by and didn’t contribute an awful lot.

Big Coulibaly may end up with that position, if he does, I’d look to send Ross out on loan to get games. 

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Happy to get that 2nd goal last night. Would have liked to have scored a few more to put the tie to bed however think we will be fine. If we took all our chances last night woulda been 5 or 6!

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2 minutes ago, DBBTB said:

People have slated Tav for years for being good going forward but an absolutely terrible defender and constantly said about how a full backs job is to defend and yet after one competitive game people are already critcising Flanagan for offering no attacking threat even though he looked solid defensively. You honestly couldn’t make it up sometimes.

Agreed. 

Although Flanagan and Murphy don’t work too well. Both cutting inside. 

Worked much better with Middleton out there. 

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9 hours ago, Inigo said:

Can't see Gerrard being interested in having a fullback as physically small as DJ as first choice.

I thought Flanagan did well.

We have to remember as well for all of these players that it's a first game after very little pre-season action.

I’m hope there’s more from him once he’s played a few games 

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9 hours ago, McEwan's Lager said:

He doesn’t really look like he has a footballers brain.

What was with running way out of position and halfing that guy from behind towards the end? Made no sense. Looked like he was lucky to not get booked from where I sit.

I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t a booking lol 

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5 minutes ago, graeme_4 said:

Agreed. 

Although Flanagan and Murphy don’t work too well. Both cutting inside. 

Worked much better with Middleton out there. 

I was raging at Murphy continually cutting inside. Should have been stretching their defence. 

I was maybe caught up in all the hype but it was a less than stellar performance. Our front three should be subs at best

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10 hours ago, Sweettartangirl said:

I believe they will... Except for Morelos and Tav.  They need to go.  Windass,  I might give a little more leeway to prove me wrong.  

Tav ??? Holyfuck.

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22 minutes ago, DBBTB said:

People have slated Tav for years for being good going forward but an absolutely terrible defender and constantly said about how a full backs job is to defend and yet after one competitive game people are already critcising Flanagan for offering no attacking threat even though he looked solid defensively. You honestly couldn’t make it up sometimes.

He was horribly out of position. So may gaps were left for the wee black left back to exploit.

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Thought we were extremely poor.

Didnt know what we were doing going forward at all.

Goldson looks a class above the rest 

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I think the second leg will be better as they will have to come out and attack. Second half was poor last night but if we finished our chances and was 4 or 5 up no one would care. Finishing let us down last night but think the improvement is there to see especially from a defensive point of view as thought Goldson and Katic was decent and looked like they had been playing together for years.

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14 hours ago, Sweettartangirl said:

In this forum?  You're kidding right?  Majority of you are older than me - one foot in the grave and all that haha :lol:

What age are you?

I'm thinking easy early 40s

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In the cold light of day it was like the rerun of an old video only difference was we managed another goal which could be vital as that mob fancied themselves at times last night. The defence looked solid enough but the return tie should confirm that. First competitive game especially it being a European tie with so much at stake obviously hard for new players settling in to show promise but morelos and windass finishing says it all about them in front of a full house. SG's first game to assess them all I'm sure he'll see the problems.

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4 hours ago, DBBTB said:

People have slated Tav for years for being good going forward but an absolutely terrible defender and constantly said about how a full backs job is to defend and yet after one competitive game people are already critcising Flanagan for offering no attacking threat even though he looked solid defensively. You honestly couldn’t make it up sometimes.

Our last title winning era consisted a more defensive minded full back in Papac on one side and then a more attacking full back on the other side in Hutton/Whittaker. 

Suited us at the time as the right sided attacking one could venture and Papac would almost become a third CB which left us more solid. 

Quite happy if Flanagan fills that role. 

Too many times over recent times we've been far too easy to counter attack when both full backs went forward and left our CBs vulnerable. 

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14 hours ago, gsa said:

I think everyone is just deflated because they expected a total change from last couple of seasons.

Unfortunately too many players from previous regimes still on the pitch and one is even captain. Slightly worrying going forward. 

I'd almost managed to forget how much I dislike "Tav" and  "Josh". Murphy still manages to turn people inside out but isn't quick enough to get away and his crossing is abject. Ryan Jack should play for Nairn County. Kevin Thomson still talks about himself constantly when commentating. 

The more things change the more they stay the same.

Brilliant. Couldn't agree more. The only thing I would add is, El Petulant Buffalo is not the answer.

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I see Osijek drew away to Petrocub and are favourites to progress. They look a tough side:

2017–18 UEFA Europa League:

QR1 UE Santa Coloma H 4–0 A 2–0 6–0

QR2 Luzern 2–0 1–2 3–2

QR3 PSV Eindhoven 1–0 1–0 2–0

PO Austria Wien 1–2 1–0 2–2 (a)

 

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53 minutes ago, .Williamson. said:

What age are you?

I'm thinking easy early 40s

I have said my age numerous times on here dear:) 

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5 hours ago, They Gnu said:

Tav ??? Holyfuck.

Yes that is right.  Calm your emotions sir.  

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