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  1. Assume McCall will see all this: - Robson - long balls -big gap between Midfield and strikers and make the necessary changes at half-time! Not at game but C'mon the Jags!!
  2. Thank you very much Dunnikierjag. Have been thinking about this for sometime as he is a very promising keeper. Will now do it! As a young footballer all I ever wanted to do was yo play for the Jags but no luck - not sure I was good enough but a bad knee injury decided the issue anyway. Would be great watching my grandson in the Thistle goal! Thanks again.
  3. Re Fox. I watched my 17yr old grandson recently playing in goal for a junior team. He normally plays at u19 level with an Academy Team. So a big jump for him from his normal and I admit to being a bit worried due to age and physical development differences. In the first 5 minutes he confidently, under pressure, took and held a high dangerous cross on his 6 yard line. Immediately earning the respect of his defence ans spectators. He did this on 3 further occasions during the match. Everytime he took a cross usually from well off his line I thought of how Fox doesn't or rarely does this. Aberdeen and Rangers (heaven forbid) have both looked at him so I might send a letter to Firhill mamagement!
  4. Really can't see any merit in keeping Cardle. On the occasions I have seen him he has made very little impact on the game in general play, even when we won. Also difficult to understand why anyone would want to keep Zanetta - another player who contributes very little and who seems totally disinterested when on the field. His attitude reminds me of Amoo! Anyone remember him? There are players 'inside' all of the players mentioned in this thread, I think that about Mansell, but it appears we need a magician to bring out their ability and commitment not a manager!
  5. Really can't see any merit in keeping Cardle. On the occasions I have seen him he has made very little impact on the game in general play, even when we won. Also difficult to understand why anyone would want to keep Zanetta - another player who contributes very little and who seems totally disinterested when on the field. His attitude reminds me of Amoo! Anyone remember him? There are players 'inside' all of the players mentioned in this thread, I think that about Mansell, but it appears we need a magician to bring out their ability and commitment not a manager!
  6. One of the major differences I think, as jagfox points out, is money. Also in the case of most of the clubs mentioned a wealthy benefactor (s) who was willing to put money into the player budget to fund signing the club couldn't otherwise afford. For example, Kilmarnock (Johnston and now Boyle), St Johnstone (Brown), Motherwell (the Amerkcam/Canadian businessman prior to fan ownership), Ross County (McGregor), Dundee (various businessmen over the years) and St Mirren (Sale of Love St - £16 Millions). I know the above isn't the only reason as some of our managerial appointments and signings has been very poor. However could Kilmarnock have appointed Mackie as their manager or signed players like SOD on the level of revenue generated from attendences of around 5000 and related merchandising. I doubt it. Also their accounts for last year showed a small profit with a footnote that the club owed a Director (assumed to be Boyle) £800000! I acknowledge we have/had Colin Weir but as far as I was aware his support was focused on the Academy and more recently the proposed training centre that has evolved into club ownership and eventual transfer to fan ownership. I am not aware he funded any football related appointments or signings. This is not a criticism of how Colin Weir supported our club. If the rules of Financial Fair Play (not sure this is correct designation) were applied consistently to clubs in the SPL, Kilmarnock, Hearts, Dundee, Ross County, St Johnstone, Motherwell and others would all have been punished years ago for living beyond their means.
  7. Thanks jaf. J Just felt we needed to cut Bannigan a bit more slack given the seriousness of his injury and the related psychological issues. He is coming good so fingers crossed for tomorrow!!
  8. Re Bannigan. Been very impressed with him recently and feel he is at last getting back to the Bannigan of old. When assessing his performance I think we have to allow for the psychological as well as the physical trauma he has suffered. Think about it! A player approaching the prime of his career playing great football and on the verge of signing for a top SPL or English Championship Club. A move which would secure his financial future! He picks up an injury that keeps him out of the game for 2 years and at one point it looked like he may never play again. He has had to put up with a lot including poor initial medical advice on how to treat the injury and of course his own thoughts on where he might have been had he not sustained the injury in the first place. A situation that could knock the stuffing out of a lesser man. He has probably only recently reached the stage where he has psychologically come to terms with his situation and physically completed his recovery in the fullest sense. Also invigorated by a manager who knows how to manage and who has publicly declared his faith in the player I suspect Bannigan is at last focusing on the future and with growing confidence. Hence his good and improving performances. No more injury 'excuses' are appropriate for 'that' injury for Stuart Bannigan. I think for the player it is well and truly in the past. Best of luck to him for the future. (Apologies for length of post) .
  9. Think we have played reasonably well in the recent games (ICT & Dundee) I have seen without really dominating. Agree not much in the Dundee game but thought that though we didn't deserve to lose the game we didn't do enough to win. We seemed to have played well against DU this season but I worry about our Midfield. I think to have any chance of winning O'Ware & Saunders have to be our defensive partnership and Fox has to be in very good form. Here's hoping!!!!!
  10. Always thought Berra was a reasonable player. Perhaps though he has aged, 35 going on 40, more than other players of his age group. I wouldn't want us to sign him purely for his leadership skills as I am sure, given a reasonable run in the team free from injury, O'Ware can fulfil this role.
  11. Possibly/potentially they were! But not under his management. Regardless and even under a better manager the squad is still Work-in-Progress. Hence my repeating what other posters have said re need for some good quality signings.
  12. Wasn't at the game today but was keeping in touch with text and score. Understand disappointment at not winning but think need to keep our eyes on the 'big picture'. McCall has not only kept us in touch with the teams above us, best I thought we could hope for, but also within reach of 4th place. Give the mess he inherited he has us looking more and more like a football team. 3 or 4 good signings and we can reach the play-offs. Who would have thought that was possible 3 months ago?
  13. As per the above + a happy, healthy and prosperous 2020.
  14. Agree with above. Seen Mansell only 2/3 times and like the way he gets stuck into the opposing centre-backs. It seems to unsettled them and they lose some of their organisation and discipline. Miller in particular benefits from this.
  15. Perhaps a bit early to think about the Alloa game but this is a big chance to put some real 'daylight' between Alloa and ourselves. Alloa don't seem to be as gritty under Grant as they were under Goodwin but still are capable of getting the occasional very good result. I think if we keep Trouten quiet the game is their for us. 0-2 th the Jags.
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