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Superb news regarding Bevis, I wasn’t expecting that. His development, particularly under Alexander, has been a real highlight. 

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He’s come on leaps and bounds under Alexander. Another who doubted him but he’s proven me wrong.

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I would be more than happy with top six this season and another summer for Alexander to further develop the squad. We’re on a poor run in the league but there is nothing to suggest we’re inferior to anyone else outside the old firm. We’ve a number of players that I think will develop further given time and a little patience. I always defended Robinson but I think Alexander has the edge overall, looks to be a little more work going into looking at a player before signing him. He’s also improved a number of players, Watt, Lamie, Bevis, Goss, McGinley.  I look at the managers coming into other clubs and I can’t say I’m that impressed, only Ross County have really improved. Dundee United, Hibs, Dundee, Aberdeen, St Johnstone have all carried on going backwards. 

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1 hour ago, Yorkyred said:

I would be more than happy with top six this season and another summer for Alexander to further develop the squad. We’re on a poor run in the league but there is nothing to suggest we’re inferior to anyone else outside the old firm. We’ve a number of players that I think will develop further given time and a little patience. I always defended Robinson but I think Alexander has the edge overall, looks to be a little more work going into looking at a player before signing him. He’s also improved a number of players, Watt, Lamie, Bevis, Goss, McGinley.  I look at the managers coming into other clubs and I can’t say I’m that impressed, only Ross County have really improved. Dundee United, Hibs, Dundee, Aberdeen, St Johnstone have all carried on going backwards. 

Pretty much agree with you Yorky, but I fear for our top 6 slot. We'll struggle as it is to remain in the top half but if Van Veen is out  for any length of time (2+ weeks) then we'll drop down a few places given how tight it is. Even with him we're struggling to score but take him out and we've virtually no firepower.  Sucess for me this season would be anywhere above 8th spot, which would represent improvement on last season. Overall our recruitment has been pretty good but we have made a mistake in not signing another out and out striker, and could cost us.

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Given we've been 4th for ages, anything outside the top six will be a disappointing season for me.

 

Before the season started 7th or 8th would have been pretty decent, but our ambitions have to have changed throughout the season.

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To drop out the Top Six would mean St Mirren, Aberdeen or Livingston finishing above us. We've been the better team in every single game against those teams this season bar the St Mirren home game where we were still robbed of 3 points, so missing out to one of them would definitely be a massive disappointment.

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I think there is a decent chance we may be sitting in 9 th spot ater our game against Rangers next week. However we then have 5remaining games that are all winnable. So let’s not panic when we are in9 th spot next week. I would not play KVV next week but give him an extra week to recover so we have him for the run in. 

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1 hour ago, texanwellfan said:

I think there is a decent chance we may be sitting in 9 th spot ater our game against Rangers next week. However we then have 5remaining games that are all winnable. So let’s not panic when we are in9 th spot next week. I would not play KVV next week but give him an extra week to recover so we have him for the run in. 

If he’s fit we should be playing him! He’s our best forward player and we need to be playing our strongest side when we need points on the board, regardless of opposition.

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Hopefully KVV's injury isn't serious but if he's out for weeks or even a month or two we have a problem. 

After the Sevco game there will be no easy games  with some teams fighting for their lives. We have to start turning superiority into goals. That's what matters.

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3 hours ago, MJC_mkII said:

If he’s fit we should be playing him! He’s our best forward player and we need to be playing our strongest side when we need points on the board, regardless of opposition.

Agree, if he’s fit, play him. If he is not 100% then don’t push it against Rangers. If we are going to risk him at all then risk him where we have a greater chance of a reward. 

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On 2/20/2022 at 2:12 PM, Yassin said:

To drop out the Top Six would mean St Mirren, Aberdeen or Livingston finishing above us. We've been the better team in every single game against those teams this season bar the St Mirren home game where we were still robbed of 3 points, so missing out to one of them would definitely be a massive disappointment.

We have the worst form in the league over the last 8 games so doing so would hardly be a surprise. Defensively we are a nightmare and we struggle to score.

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“Worst form in the league” Typical Motherwell then eh?

Crap runs followed by a solid set of games.

Lets  get the Sevco game out of the way and maybe just maybe get something out of them on Sunday.

Then we focus on our last 5 games before the split where if we get 10 out of 15 points we can definitely have a chance at 4th!

Cmon Yee Well!!

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3 hours ago, Motherwell Daft said:

“Worst form in the league” Typical Motherwell then eh?

Crap runs followed by a solid set of games.

Lets  get the Sevco game out of the way and maybe just maybe get something out of them on Sunday.

Then we focus on our last 5 games before the split where if we get 10 out of 15 points we can definitely have a chance at 4th!

Cmon Yee Well!!

Agree. No game will be easy. But our last 5 games are as good a run in as you could hope for.  It’s up to the players to up their game and end our season with a few victories. While we might be 9th after the Rangers game. That’s ok because the points difference between 9th and 4th will not really be that much 

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I see Scott Fox getting a contract extension which is fair enough, goalkeeping is a strange position to cover but I have never seen him play for us, maybe someone can correct me but apart from friendly’s has he played a first team game?

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4 minutes ago, middleeastdave said:

I see Scott Fox getting a contract extension which is fair enough, goalkeeping is a strange position to cover but I have never seen him play for us, maybe someone can correct me but apart from friendly’s has he played a first team game?

pretty underwhelming - at 34 years old is he ever going to be a realistic replacement for Kelly - would prefer to rely on a youngster for the back up.

Was looking at our first team squad earlier - time to start trimming back - appreciate we do need 3 keepers but we have c10 defenders on our books and 8 midfield players - too many - too many mediocre pros gobbling up the wage bill

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It doesn’t do any harm having an experienced back up goalkeeper on the books. Perhaps at age 34 Fox might have one eye on moving into coaching and maybe the club see it the same way?
 

I do though see your point about having a youngster as back up, and indeed we do have one in PJ Morrison who will be looking to break into the first team sooner or later. I don’t know what this extension for Fox means for young Morrison.

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Backup keepers barely play, but we still need one, so Fox is fine. If PJ is a realistic contender he needs as much game time as possible somewhere.

It was nice when we had Gillespie and Carson, but that was a total accident.

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9 hours ago, fizoxy said:

It was nice when we had Gillespie and Carson, but that was a total accident.

It was also problematic, as both of them saw themselves as first-choice, but only one of them could play.

Fox is a decent keeper to have on the books, especially if he's not on a fortune. It means we have experienced cover should Kelly get injured, and can continue progressing PJ to eventually take over that slot and hopefully challenge Kelly for the jersey.

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