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    2019-20 Rebuild

    Time now to kick this topic off.
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    Hearts away, 14/9

    Very true. I think we can expect the "lesser lights", including for example Ross County, in the Premiership to come to Fir Park and sit in. That will certainly test us. We'll need on the deck creativity and a powerful aerial prowess in equal measures.
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    Hearts away, 14/9

    Just watched the TV highlights onn BBC. Hearts were very lucky to see their first goal stand as Ikpeazu clearly fouls our defender, Gallagher I think.
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    2019-20 Rebuild

    Yes, there was. I think St Johnstone were also looking at Polworth, but they were certainly hoping to sign Gallagher. I don't know the details but Tommy Wright threw his toys out of the pram when he rejected them and signed for us. I don't think I've ever come across such a weird situation where neither the player's then current club (Livingston) or his new club (us) didn't announce the transfer but it instead was announced by a third party club (St Johnstone).
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    Hearts away, 14/9

    A very good result at a traditionally difficult venue from which to take points and we hit 3 goals. Performance wise, quite impressive although a weakened Hearts were very poor. Still, you can only beat the team in front of you. Some good individual performances too from the likes of Campbell, Polworth and Gallagher. The latter is really proving to be a very good signing and he's more than just a big central defender. Our two new wingers are also beginning to settle in. So, despite a huge turnover in players over the summer Robbo and Keith seem to be getting it right, although there's a long way to go. I do have two ongoing concerns from yesterday though. Our defending was bit sloppy at times and we lost 2 avoidable goals, making the end result far closer than it should have been and Hearts could have scored more. At the other end we made plenty of chances but despite hitting three we weren't as clinical as we should have been. In my opinion we still lack an out and striker, as the final piece in the jigsaw. Still its work in progress and so far so good. Very satisfying for the fans, who were fleeced by Hearts to be able to celebrate leaving the stadium with the 3 points.
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    The 'Magnificent' David Turnbull Discussion Thread

    Spot on. Good enough to play for Scotland - no, but there again who is? He's one of the best central defenders in the Premiership right now and whilst not lightning quick is pretty fast. Virtually unbeatable in the air.
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    Hearts away, 14/9

    Very true and thats no doubt why O'Hara has been brought in although he'll be short of match fitness. To Tynecastle you can add several other venues such as Pittodrie and Rugby Park.
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    2019-20 Rebuild

    Seems like Charles Dunne will be out for a month with a groin injury. It now seems clear thats why Mugabi has been brought in. That also reminds us of Robbo's earlier comments about us being short in central defence. Not sure what that says about Barry Maguire; maybe consistent with his revised listing on the Official site as a midfielder. Mugabi certainly seems to have all the necessary attributes for a central defender.
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    Hearts away, 14/9

    Likewise will Aaron Hickey be in the Hearts squad afer being withdrawn from the national Under 19 squad? Prices for this game are ridiculous and its plain that Hearts neither need nor want away fans.
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    Ticket prices for Motherwell fans at Hamilton Accies

    I haven't been to Tynecastle for some years now because of the pricing, but this is plain ridiculous especially for an aspiring fan owned club. That said I think Edinburgh has just about the highest average salary levels in Scotland so £29 is relatively cheaper for their inhabitants than it is for those who live elsewhere. They're just at it.
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    scotland u21s

    Pretty much this. I lost all interest in international football years ago because of this failure to admit there is a problem, let alone deal with it. Too many vested interests as you say.
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    Macron 2019-20 home and away kits

    Not being IT savvy, what do you mean? Are you saying that some market research companies explicity ask customers for access to their in boxes to scan receipts? If not, how do they gain access? Sorry if off topic.
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    Former Motherwell Fc Players Thread

    David Ferguson has signed for Peterhead.
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    2019-20 Rebuild

    I don't really see the conection. Sloth has been injured and is only now recovering. He wasn't fit for the Hearts game. Not 100% certain but I think that Sloth and O'Hara are vry different types of player. From what I've seen and read, Sloth is more of a footballer, whilst O'Hara is a physical box to box type in the "Gavin Rae" mould. We've missed a physical central midfield box to box player for a number of years now and thats probably why we've been tracking O'Hara for a season or two.
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    Reserves/Under 20's/Youths

    Deano is doing well by all accounts and if he maintains this progress he is due some gametime in the first team perhaps from the subs bench later in the season. Things can change quickly in football and we need to keep the conveyor belt going. Good to see our young lads develop and do well for themselves.
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    2019-20 Rebuild

    I'm not saying he won't be deployed there Gee, as Robbo may decide to use him there on occasion. Agree about the imbalance. Some posters have commented that another central defender was/is unnecessary. I'm only going by Robbo's comments after the Hearts game. To summarise he said that as Hartley was unavailable, we were short there, and by implication, thats where our interest in Hendry arose. It might well be that O'Hara now provides that back up. He's essentially a central midfielder, but can and, has played a number of games at right back or in central defence. On a wider note and looking back over business done in the window, I'd say that Killie will be stronger than they have been so far this season and St Johnstone will be somewhat stronger; as expected. Neither Hearts nor Hibs are setting the heather on fire. All clubs will find that some signing work and some don't. So, all in all, I can foresee a battle for a couple of places in the top 6, with us in the mix. There will be no aunt sally this season so the fight at the botton will be interesting.
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    2019-20 Rebuild

    I would hope not. By no stretch of the imagination is he a winger and can't take on and beat a full back. He is however a talented and creative central midfielder who is settling in well.
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    Sportscene trial by tv

    Irrespective of where the foul took place it was a stick on red card.
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    2019-20 Rebuild

    O'Hara is a real unit and offers physicality in central midfield. He's an experienced player who plays defensively. He can also play in the back four. He'll plug a gap where we're short. All that said, I'm disappointed we're not bringing in a number 9 striker, at least today, as we are short there.
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    Sportscene trial by tv

    Despite being a public corporation, the BBC's Scottish sports unit acts like a commercial entity hence the obsession with Celtic and Sevco. Hibs are a far far larger club than us with a much bigger support. Commercially its much better sense to hack off 4,000 fans than 17,000 fans. Speculation on my part of course.
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    Sportscene trial by tv

    Fair point. All I can think of is that our highlights last 3 mins 42 seconds, whilst the BBC's last 4 mins 42 seconds, so there is more scope for the BBC to have included the incident. From a commercial point of view though it makes sense to exclude it.
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    2019-20 Rebuild

    We're long time admirers of O'Hara and tried to sign him when he left Dundee but neither us nor Killie could remotely match Peterborough's offer at that time. I'll be surprised if he chooses us over Killie given that he knows the club and their offer will be somewhat higher than ours. That said he might well get gametime with us whereas he'd probably be a bench warmer at Rugby Park.
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    2019-20 Rebuild

    Going by Robbo's recent comments and yesterday's performance I think we'll try to sign a No 9 striker and a central defender. Despite scoring 3 yesterday we missed a barrowload of chances which, if that continues, could prove costly. We also don't have anyone who can play as a lone striker, should we want to play that way. Robbo was quoted as saying that when Hartley wasn't available for the Hearts game we were short in central defence, and as nothing has changed since then, I assume he's still looking to sign someone for that role. Speculating a bit we do seem short on the wings, and as both Hylton and Seedorf are inexperienced at this level a decent winger might also be on the agenda. We usually play our cards close to our chest when signing players and I expect this window will be the same, so nothing would surprise me.
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    Sportscene trial by tv

    A lot is down to the very subjective opinion of the broadcasters. As far as I'm concerned now the whole disciplinary system is, at best, a complete shambles, if not worse.
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    Vs Hibs

    I had to make do with watching the game on Alba last night and we clearly deserved the 3 points. Scott, Hartley, Grimshaw and Polworth caught my eye but I couldn't help but notice how effective Gallagher was in the air. Aerially, not much got past him and he's a real asset at our corner kicks. I didn't think we looked particularly comfortable until, the second goal went in and worryingly defensively Hibs opened quite a few gaps and were allowed to see the whites of Gillespie's eyes more than they should have done. Fortunately Hibs lacked a killer touch up front. That said, it was another clean sheet so we're clearly doing something right at the back. Quite a few of the new lads now seem to be coming onto a game but we need to give them time. Thats especially true of Seedorf and Hylton but there's definitely players in there. Polworth looks to be settling in nicely. Some baffling refereeing decisions especially Hylton's rejected penalty claim. I wonder if the Compliance Officer will be interested in Long and Whittaker's challenges? A big win for us going into the international break. Still that will break up continuity but hopefully our momentum won't be affected.

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