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  1. Too late for any change now so I'm sure you're in the clear. As was suggested to me on Saturday it may be that with it having largely been Saturday - Midweek - Saturday pretty much since we resumed after the break it may be no bad thing we've a full week between tomorrow and our next fixture. Sent from my FIG-LX1 using Tapatalk
  2. It's going to be quite interesting. Whilst we eventually lost on penalties the second half of the game will have put some doubt in their minds where previously there might have been none. Clearly we aren't going to be as cavalier as we were in the second game and won't have that rare momentum that comes when you haul yourselves back into a game from being almost dead. But we know we can get at them. And they know it too.
  3. I'm pretty content with a point today and the results elsewhere were an additional bonus. First half I thought we were edging the possession but they had perhaps the clearer cut of the chances. From my vantage point Long was stupid to kick the ball away and really ill advised with his challenge when his initial misdemeanour was still so fresh in the referees head -much like Jake Carroll earlier in the season against Ross County. He deserves all he gets in terms of today, he not only put us in jeopardy today he's also made things more difficult than they need to be on Tuesday. That said whilst I agree there's a degree of petulance about him I can't say I want to see the back of him. Because he moans at his team mates? Because he didn't kiss the badge and run and slide on his knees in front of the Bois when he scored his first few goals? Because he's had four yellows since Christmas? He's scored five goals since Christmas too. He's in double figures when he's been in and out for a good bit of the season. That's something to try to build on, not hunt him out the door. The second half had the potential to be a real backs to the wall job but we negotiated things pretty well all things considered. There were times when we seemed a bit overly cautious and others I was edgy at seeing Hamilton break and Hartley bombing out to leave even bigger spaces in behind but all in all we played it about right. Had a couple of opportunities to win it too. Aside from Long's dismissal the ref didn't exactly do us many favours. His gesturing to a couple of our players towards the end about where they were taking throw ins from was absolutely laughable given he didn't bother his arse with Hamilton taking free-kicks about 10 yards away from , on at least two occasions. But to end the day in third isn't really where I expected to be so I'll take that. On the point about our support I don't think anyone from Motherwell FC has anything to answer to in the slightest. It is pretty clear that Hamilton want to have their cake and eat it when it comes to our trips there. They want our cash, but at the same time have appeared to make it unnecessarily awkward as they can for our fans. The pain in the arse routine of making it all-ticket and not committing until late in the day whether they will have pay at the gate for example. Or the insistence of searching everyone who enters our end causing queues that stretch one from side of the stand to the other. Those are matters entirely for Hamilton to justify.
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  5. Potentially low in confidence. Potentially low in energy. Opposition looked to have our measure in the last encounter. Away win it is! Mon the 'Well!!!
  6. I would hope there might be some consideration given to bringing the Ross County game forward from Wednesday 4th March to Saturday 29th February, seeing as we'll both be twiddling our thumbs otherwise that day.
  7. Mention of Stevie Cowan inspired me to get scribbling for the first time in a wee while about our eighties hero... https://andrewpatersonblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/hes-fat-hes-round-hes-worth-a-million-pounds/ Hope you don't mind, I nabbed your image Spiderpig to use in the article.
  8. My father, who has not long relocated to the south west of England and got a season ticket at Exeter, would concur with that. Chasing promotion they may be but apart from Nicky Law and one of their wide players, whose name escapes me, he isn't massively impressed and more often than not his post-match summary will be along the lines of "pish", "dire", "dross" and so on.
  9. Cowan will always have his place. I think it was Dunfermline we were 2-0 down to at half-time in one of the relegation battles of the mid-late eighties that Stevie had his starring role. There were a few games to go so it wasn't do or die but a win for the Pars would have put them in a strong position and us in real bother. I think Cowan got a double in the second half as we came back to win 3-2 and it seemed to knock the stuffing right out Dunfermline. We beat Morton, who were already pretty much doomed, the following week and didn't look back.
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  11. I'm not so sure the first part of that remains the issue it once was now League Cup has been rescheduled to run in July. We played our first League Cup game on 13th July this season, Aberdeen played their first European game on 11th July. We were playing friendlies in June. Your second point is absolutely valid however.
  12. I noticed that myself and you can actually expand on it too in relatively recent games. We also conceded within 5 minutes of the double change against Celtic in midweek and within 3 minutes of the change against Hamilton at the turn of the year. So that would be five games since 31st December we've conceded within 5 minutes of making a change. You can argue that the momentum was already with the opposition, it is coincidental, is just bad luck etc. but there must come a point where organisation, lack of awareness of intended shape and comes into play if that continues to be a trend. It should also be noted of course that the change at Ross County in introducing Ross MacIver had a positive outcome when he equalised within a few minutes of coming on, the kind of positive impact that Robinson's changes often seemed to have earlier in his reign.
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  15. I quite enjoyed them losing in a slightly gut wrenching manner if I'm honest. Sent from my FIG-LX1 using Tapatalk
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  17. Andy_P


    I don't know how used they are or aren't but I do think if they had the space one of boxes could be converted to a , how you would say, almost like a Motherwell daft weans bedroom to be more attractive to families for occasions like birthdays. Something a bit more homely and personal than the standard box. I have in my minds the walls with prints of scarves, team photos, players, pennants and the like on it. Maybe like the cloakroom having old shirts hanging on the hangers. You open the Motherwell curtains at the front of the box and then watch the game. If there's room have a screen with the live game on, that is linked up to a console for the weans to escape to. That kind of thing.
  18. Andy_P

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Your arse is making buttons to see how this trial goes isn't it? I wonder if your new found interest in assault cases will last any longer than your previous interest in legal matters when you were so desperate to take up the cudgels on behalf of the the Oldham player who accused Robinson of bullying.
  19. Andy_P

    2019-20 Rebuild

    It's perhaps not the way to develop the team at grass roots currently. It is fairly well documented that we are well off the pace compared to many of our peers in terms of the facilities available that play a part in actually recruiting and developing said Academy players, and indeed first team players for that matter. It has similarly also been well documented that it will be largely on the back off player trading that will enable such infrastructure to be built. The proceeds of Scott's sale I am certain aren't going to be sitting in an account to make the balance sheet look prettier.
  20. A fourth successive clean sheet from Gillespie and we'll take things from there...
  21. Fortunately much like fanzines when they came along, blogs the explosion of podcasts in recent times means there is a wealth of really good material on football be it Scottish, English, European or whatever that means you can skim over/ignore the output that doesn't take your fancy on radio or TV. I accept there is a desire for immediate discussion of a game and reaction from the key players following its conclusion that virtually no pod can provide but give it 24/48 hours and there's loads of stuff that will keep you occupied enough to ensure you won't feel too bad about missing Derek Ferguson's latest insight on what a great wee club Accies are.

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