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  1. Oh well and notwithstanding we are a clueless lot I just keep a mental log of the accumulating injustices so that I can blame others for our relegation to League 1.
  2. Probably guilty of an over active imagination but I have long held the view the SFA are anti-thistle. This conspiracy 'hunch' of mind has been further encouraged by the abandonment of this game due to high winds. Any thoughts or views on whether the referee in charge of our recent game at Arbroath should have abandoned or even cancelled the game. I live in the NE and can say with confidence the wind last Saturday was nowhere near as strong as it was for our match. Of course Arbroath were 2-0 ahead at half-time!
  3. Doolin, great player for us and would have liked him back but now not so sure as a player. Always a jags legend but coming round to view we have to move on. We have a lot riding on Graham and Rudden if we can only get them both on the park and keep them there at the same time. Jones strikes me as a tidy enough player but lacks pace, in fact, always seems slow and cumbersome to me. Therefore we need to keep Graham and Rudden fit (hopefully)! I think IMC is trying very hard to keep us in this league but suspect he has an eye to building for the future from league 1 - Docherty, Lyons, Niang, Brownlee, Sneddon and the Academy players on loan with perhaps, Graham, Rudden, O'Ware & Penrice remaining as Jags. I still think we should persevere with Mansell and Saunders but expect to be in a minority of one here. I don't see a future if relegated for Cardle, Zanetta, Bannigan, Jones, and perhaps Fox!
  4. Yesterday my wife commented on how care free, relaxed and stress free I seemed to be. I said it might have something to do with the Jags being undefeated. Immediately she replied 'was the game cancelled'!! The intuition of the wife of a life-long jags fan!
  5. We are clearly in a mess when it comes to playing football. As regards off the park organisation and planning I don't really feel qualified to comment. Other than to say we are clearly in a transitional stage and facing a lot of uncertainty. However looking at "where we should be' only Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen, Hibs & Hearts are bigger clubs and at a level which I suspect is beyond us! Of the others Dundee Utd could be considered a bigger club but that's a relatively recent (in the history of the game) development since about 1980s. Dundee, Motherwell & Kilmarnock have had their moments but would I seriously doubt, pass a FFT investigation, especially the latter. I don"t see why we can't be the equal of these clubs. Of the others we are certainly equal to and can be bigger than Livingston, St Johnstone, St Mirren, Hamilton, Ross County, ICT, Dunfermline, Falkirk, & Morton. I rember Jackie Charlton saying that when a club starts to decline it can be a monumental task for a manager to firstly arrest the decline and then turn the club around. I think IMC job is to arrest our decline, even if it means going into League 1, stabilise the club and move upstairs to become Director of Football. At which point a new Head Coach will be appointed to take us back to the SPL (and keep us there) Afraid I don't see one manager doing it all as we are falling too far too quickly! If we can return i To the SPL within another 4/5 years we will be doing well.
  6. I understand the feelings about Fox not coming off his line and in fact have commented, critically, about this aspect of his game. I think though we have to put this into the context of the modern thinking about goalkeeping. The 'old' days when the prevailing thinking was that a keeper should come for every cross ball and hold every ball crosses and when saving shots are gone. Set pieces unless crosses are right onto the goal line are the responsibility of the defence. The keepers role today is simply to stop the ball crossing the goal line by any means. If a ball breaks from a keeper its up to the defence to clear. The keepe's other main responsibility is to be a sweeper, good with his feet and to distribute the ball thereby initiating - playing from the back. In summary, shot stopping and sweeping/distributing - that's it! Joe Hart, remember him, was the last of a line of traditional keepers, and he has been struggling to get a game at a PL or Championship Club. It wouldn't surprise me if IMC plays Fox, not due to any perceived weaknesses Sneddon may have, but because he considers Fox to be one of the stronger players in the team!
  7. How many games have we won at home?
  8. Wasn't at the game tonight (again) but value the thoughts and comments of those fans who were there. As a life long thistle fan I have witnessed a few highs an more lows. The last 10 years have been a bit of a comeback period for me as an active fan but the last 3 years have been tough ( for all fans). Being jags fans I am sure we expect our fair share of defeats, we'll at least I do! For most of my life Thistle teams, when losing have gone down fighting and looking like a football team. Recently though there has been 3 years of apathy where players, not all but quite a few, seem not to care or are clueless! An acceptance that defeat seems to be inevitable! Shamefully when I saw tonight's result I was totally immune from any shock, upset feelings or disappointment! I expected defeat as a likely outcome because I am starting to feel having seen only 6 or so this season that all the posters on this and other threads are correct - this particular team is at best clueless and at worst, doesn't give a damn!
  9. Really sad news. Let's all recognise the pivotal part he played in the Jags revival and express our hopes and wishes this young man can make a full recovery. Thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.
  10. Totally agree with the above. A football club like Thistle should be playing in the middle section of the SPL! I mean somewhere between 6th & 9th. To do that we need to have a stable core of players in the team and on the bench with new signings made when necessary. We also need a steady flow of good young players coming through from the Academy. We will never achieve the above by off loading 7/8 players and signing a similar number every transfer window. All the off-field 'shenanigans' and decisions have created serious levels of instability and this has impacted on the playing side as well in the form of a lack stability, confidence and team cohesion or if preferred, togetherness. From being confident in December that we could stay up I am now not so sure. I do though have every confidence that McCall. Given the time, can sort us out but have said previously he might not be able to do it quickly enough to stay in this division. We badly need stability in our club. I would hate to count the number of players who have come and gone since relegation from the SPL - 50, more??? Call me old fashioned but with the rate of change in the number of players I find it difficult to have the level of empathy with the team that I used to enjoy! Bring back the old days of a settled team!
  11. He'll be sitting somewhere enjoying a nice drink with a big smile on his face thinking "serves th right"!
  12. As per other fellow jags fans on this thread 3 at the back just doesn't do it for me. I would prefer an old fashioned 433 or 442 with probably a slight preference for the latter. The only problem is I can't, from the midfielders we had under GC and we have under IMC. find the right balance of players for Midfield. I think we would be better defensively with the above formations but probably not so good in midfield. For the time being suspect we will set up as has been suggested with 3 at the back, 5 spread across midfield and with Rudden injured one up front with someone tucked in just behind. A 3511 formation. Still hoping for the best but please mark or play that little nark McGowan out of the game.
  13. I don't disagree with any of the comments about the scale of the job IMC has to keep us in this league (never mind get to 4th), the quality of the squad and some of the poor performances. I also think that the reason for our collective depression plummeting to an even lower level is that we actually went to Arbroath with renewed hope only to be let down by an abject performance. Where did this 'new hope' come from - the team showing signs of actually playing better, starting to look like a football team, a promising transfer window where the general perception was we brought it better than we off loaded! Afraid as Jags fans we just have to keep the faith, stay strong and be positive in supporting the team. We all know life is not easy supporting the Jags.
  14. I said prior to the 0-1 home defeat if we get a grip of McGowan we have a chance! We didn't and he more or less ran the show in the midfield. He also got forward to score the goal. So I am going to say the same again "get a grip of McGowan and we can win this game! I have been critical of Zanetta & Cardle who apparently played well against Ayr, especially first half. Perhaps if both play they can keep the momentum going and terrorise the Dundee full backs. This will also give us a chance of winning the game. Regarding a result - just hoping for the best
  15. I find all this speculation about what we need to do to stay in this league interesting, honest I really do! I agree that generally and excepting a catastrophic collapse we can ignore Dundee Utd as they will most likely beat nearly every other team. For the rest everyone can beat everyone else! So what do we have to do. Well, sorry to be boring and perhaps stating the obvious. but we need to focus on our own efforts by taking one game at a time, selecting the right team, getting the tactics correct and then do everything we can to win the game. No more not turning up performances. I think if we do this we can look at the table at the end of the season and see a Thistle team sitting somewhere above 9th with around 40 - 44pts. Then for next season we get ready for the big promotion push back to the SPL with an effective (summer) transfer window...................... or am I dreaming!!
  16. So do I. Always liked Christie and felt some of the crigksm was very harsh. Yes his crossing could have been better but he always played for the Jersey and put the team before himself.
  17. Should have read :save more of the poorly taken etc penalties.
  18. It would be better if Fox didn't guess and waited until the penalty taker made his decision where to put the ball then dive. It's not going to be any worse than his present stats, he may in fact more of the poorly taken and 'cute' penalties and look less of a fool repeatedly diving in the wrong direction.
  19. Not sure if your post is a general comment or one specifically aimed at Rudden's performance last night! Though previous posts have been positive about Rudden but last night I thought he didn't look fit and his movement seemed restricted. On a more general point one of my frustrations with Thistle this season has been that the players alway seen to be slow to start moving to the ball and rarely anticipating the pass or second ball. It was refreshing to see Graham run to get to the back post to be there just in case a ball arrived there. This gave him the extra yard on the defender and made the goal an easy tap in! Well done to Graham and I hope the other players noted his anticipation and movement.
  20. When he signed for us I felt quite neutral about it. He is in my opinion a solid and dependable full-back but not a wing-back in the mould of SOD. He might be better with better players around him but need to wait and see! The Hibs manager, Jack Ross, was St Mirren manager prior to joining Sunderland. I am sure is a factor in this signing.
  21. It was just as bad with McParland. I went to a Scottish League versus, I think but not sure, Irish League match at Hampden. Davie Wilson of Rangers was the first choice left winger for Scotland at the time but was not at his best. A good game and McParland was in! The left half was Jim Baxter of Rangers. He was dreadful in that game and nearly all of his passes to McParland on the left wing were over hit and Davie couldn't get to them. As I had never seen Baxter pass the ball so badly I thought it was deliberate to protect his pal Wilson's Scotland place. There were quite a few comments in the press along these lines and especially about Davie getting another chance. Davie, being the gentleman he was, accepted responsibility and commented 'he felt a yard slow on the night'! I completely lost respect for Baxter after that game. Some time later my father, a Morton fan and a pal of Davie, told me my suspicions were correct! He worked all his life in the newspapers and pick up lots of bits of 'inside' information but he wouldn't tell me his source other than it came from Ibrox!! A blind man could have seen what Baxter was up to but not the SFA. I suspect they knew but didn't want to take on the mighty Glasgow Rangers by dropping Wilson. Apologies for length of post.
  22. Re LenzieJag & DarkPassenger My comment "consider this window successful" I agree with your responses. You are both correct that we won't know if this is the case until results improve. I think the problem is my use of the word 'successful'. When typing the post I was thinking that the signings (and departures) in this transfer window looked 'better' when compared to recent (last 3 years) windows. In this window it looks like someone, presumably IMC, knows what they are doing and are working to a plan for the immediate and longer terms. This gives me some hope for the future. Re Zanetta. (LenzieJag) He has a lot of supporters on this forum and more importantly (for the player) IMC has publicly endorsed him. For me though he has a lot to do before I become one of them. A big step forward (for me) would be for him to lose the 'Amoo attitude' (ethargic, not interested) which he seems to project when playing. Similar to my comments about Cardle - if Zanetta rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in, in his own way, then I'll be happy.
  23. OK perhaps been harsh with my comments on Cardle re commitment etc. Living where I do I don't get to see as many games as the majority of Jags fans. However I have seen Cardle a number of times now and IMO he hasn't contributed anything to the team being mainly ineffective and anonymous. That's how I formed my opinion. If you see him every week or so then you are in a better position than I am to assess him, however on what I've seen he has not impressed.