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County vs Caley - 3rd Oct
#61
(10-04-2015, 09:52 AM)Ross shire buff Wrote: If Boyce and midge had ...... Wait for it  a cradle or Carey with tgem no problem but Graham is not the answere it's being proved weekly   Send for Kyle for a while , better than Graham by a mile. Mmmmmm 
Await !! Explosion!!

If Kyle was better than Graham then he'd be here starting surely, not on loan at Elgin? As Mentioned above, we just need to accommodate him properly, he's not the kind of player that will just slot into our team with the way we play currently. And the answer to every issue is not to throw local kids at it, as much as I'd love a first XI of highlanders!
 
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#62
It was all too familiar, it's like a bad movie over and over again.

ICT did what they are good at, Yogi had the tactics spot on, [censored]-festing it then breaking with pace may be a harsh way of putting it, but it's very effective if not exactly pretty to watch. 
If that Gardyne chance had gone in then it may have ended up differently. 2 down in the space of 4mins was tough to take at HT.

Was happy with the starting 11 on paper, Foster in for the inconsistent Reckord, and Franks for Rafa, but both had poor games especially Franks. 
Graham & Boyce just doesn't work, and some of Grahams first touches were dreadful tbh, this is not the same player that destroyed us with Raith, is it a confidence thing? I just haven't seen anything yet, it needs to happen for him soon.

Storey gave us all sorts of problems, looks like they've found another gem, which they are very good at you have to admit.

Anyway, its 3 points lost, we are still in the top six and have had a very decent start. Davies, Curran, Rocco to come back, and the new boy Schalk who apparently signed yesterday morning?

Maybe the international break is at a good time for us, but a tough next game v a wounded Aberdeen.

If Fox is out long-term then we need another keeper, and the Curran situation is worrying me to say the least, all sorts of rumours doing the rounds yesterday.

 
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#63
Interesting piece about possession in yesterday's media. They were talking about Dundee Utd's style of play last season which required some patience and time on the ball, but this term they’re averaging 47.56% possession, only Ross County and Kilmarnock have held the ball for less time, and both are considerably more direct than United. We are a long ball team!!!
Something not right about Curran being out for so long.
 
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#64
Oh dear, blaming the singing section for not signing when 2-0 down............

Lots of reasons we lost yesterday, Caley played their usual pressing and over physical game and were fortunate to score both goals when they did. I felt County were the bettwe team for much of the game but playing at an intensity that gave nosebleeds within 20 yards of the goal. Counted at least 4 good opportunities that were ballooned over the bar. Have to get at least some of those on target to test the keeper at this level.

We are a good, good team and we're still ahead of the tackety booted dumpster gorillas. 

As long as we can regroup, calm down and get back to playing the way we did originally then all will be well.

Singing section - keep it going guys, you've made a real difference this season and don't let the whingers get to you!

Bring on the Dons.................
He's NOT the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!
 
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#65
There's no word on Fox yet due to the amount of swelling, he was sent home with the ice machine to try take it down for tommorrow so they can get an X-Ray and see the extent of it but the team doc said its at least ligament damage and would be about 4-6 week best case scenario. Was also told he's been hunting a replacement goalie so we can have some cover for the duration of his injury. Boyd and Graham were flown out to London last night to see a specialist about knocks they have but a fair few are carrying wee knocks and niggles.
 
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#66
Apparently Curran is still experiencing dizzy spells, and with concussion you just can't take any chances.
 
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#67
(10-04-2015, 10:06 AM)Rocco Wrote: If Kyle was better than Graham then he'd be here starting surely, not on loan at Elgin? As Mentioned above, we just need to accommodate him properly, he's not the kind of player that will just slot into our team with the way we play currently. And the answer to every issue is not to throw local kids at it, as much as I'd love a first XI of highlanders!

Over the past ten years ICT have produced and promoted locals  5 or 6 and they actually sold two to us 
If you don't give youth a chance it will n fer happen, my motto is it is only the mpossible until,it's done
If Graham was good he woukd not have been left on shelf was he not one of last players signed now
I good players are snapped up or pre contract  signed  ,on another note ,looks like ICT have pulled another diamond from the hat,how do they manage this with a lesser budget than ours,it's okay taking players in to better a team in my opinion Graham doesn't a nice guy decent player ,just not in our league
 
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#68
(10-04-2015, 04:41 PM)JailendLoyal Wrote: I think we were slightly unlucky yesterday. If we had won, it wouldn't have been an unfair result. But I think we saw the problems in our team and McIntyre's limitations.

Graham starting was a shocking decision. He hasn't shown anything so far to justify starting in a derby game. He can't run, loses the ball with his first touch, not a goalscoring threat, can't strike the ball well. His only attribute seems to be his height, but Devine and Meekings dominated Graham in the air. Devine is considerably shorter than Graham too. His performance actually got a little embarrassing in the second half. McIntyre's blind faith by starting Graham was a really poor decision. The difference when Dingwall replaced Graham was clear as day.

We should have scored the first goal. We were in control for most of the first half, creating some good openings. It's a completely different game if we scored first. Gardyne's chance was a sitter, he had to score that. Gardyne's also missed an absolute sitter early in the Hearts defeat, you have to take your chances in a close game.

McIntyre never changed the shape the whole game. Stuck to the 4-4-2 rigidly. Never threw men forward, never went to 3 at the back, never gave ICT something different to think about. Why not put Robertson up front for the last 10-15 minutes with Boyce & Dingwall either side of him? Just think we saw McIntyre's limitations yesterday, he's unable to change a game. He wasn't able to against Hearts when it was clear we were getting overrun in midfield either. McIntyre is a good manager for us, but I don't think he'll go up a level.  

Boyd and Graham were our two weakest players yesterday. Just not good enough replacements for Davies and Curran, we badly missed those two. Storey gave Boyd a torrid afternoon with fairly ordinary runs in behind. Our first eleven is very good, but the replacements need to be closer in quality. The difference between Curran and Graham is huge.

I thought it was a good decision to start Murdoch. He's made for derbies, isn't he? Lots of comparisons can be made between Murdoch and Kettlewell. But I felt we missed a bit of quality in there when we were two goals behind to open up ICT's defence. Both Irvine and Murdoch played very well, but they're both hard working and tough players, not creative. We missed Woods in there second half when we were chasing the game. Without Davies, Woods and Curran, we just weren't the same team.

It wasn't the worst performance, but a derby loss at home always hurts. Especially when ICT's best player was suspended. I think we need to get our injured/suspended players back as soon as possible. Our strongest eleven is easily good enough for the top six, but when we have 2 or 3 players missing we're a different team.

Very sad news if it's true Fox has broken his ankle. Top goalkeeper and I wish him the best of luck with his recovery.
The only part I don't agree with is you slagging Boyd whom kept on top of the coloured boy you failed to mention Foster Absent without leave in two goals he was always getting out of position ,Boyd or Murdoch continually had to come across and cover,but I must agree with all your post apart from Boyd,and I applaud you for being honest !! 
I didn't think Jackson played very well either
 
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#69
(10-04-2015, 04:41 PM)Ross shire buff Wrote: in my opinion Graham doesn't a nice guy decent player ,just not in our league

Just to compare from last season:

Graham: 9 goals in 24 league appearances
Boyce: 10 goals in 30 league appearances (I'm well aware of Boyce's conditioning when the season started)

I'm not defending his performances for County so far, I'll make that clear. Nor am I saying that he's better than Boyce, cause that would be nonsense. I just don't think some of the comments made about him are entirely fair.

(waits to be lynched...)
 
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#70
I've rarely heard so much criticism of a player from the home support, both during and after the game.
However lets just remember that Curran was hardly flavour of the month when he first arrived and indeed was jeered by a group of County fans when subbed at the Dump.
So there's hope for Brian yet.

 
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#71
(10-04-2015, 05:41 PM)DStuartTaylor Wrote: I've rarely heard so much criticism of a player from the home support, both during and after the game.
However lets just remember that Curran was hardly flavour of the month when he first arrived and indeed was jeered by a group of County fans when subbed at the Dump.
So there's hope for Brian yet.

The difference with Curran was that although there were concerns about his ball skills there was always a recognition that he put in the effort. Graham is putting in more effort with each game but he'll never put in the effort Curran does. In any case I doubt Graham's style will ever suit McIntyres preferred formation or method of play. That's not to say that Graham couldn't do a job for us if we changed formation.

Graham is clearly being given a chance to fit in, I just wish Dingwall was given the same chance. I think he could adapt better to the Curran role than Graham.
 
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#72
We huffed and we puffed yesterday and we almost scored, but as we all know its about converting chances and unlike ICT we didn't do enough.
Storey looks an able player.
I hope Fox is OK, not good to see any player stretchered off.

I sincerely hope those who think its a great idea to set off smoke bombs and flares can be identified. It needs to be stamped out.
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#73
We got beat by a team who had the right tactics
Graham can score goals but not the way our team is set up
Heard a lot about Kyle and Tony that they should be playing
I think that it was a good idea to put Kyle out on loan as he will learn the hard side of the game and come back a lot stronger still training with County as well will build him up
Tony is getting there but IMO playing 4 4 2 is not an ideal way to introduce Tony
If he was playing just of the striker like Curren does I don't think he is strong enough yet but is getting there.
Both Kyle and Tony will break through into the first team as well as a few others but will some off our supporters stop getting so worked up when the young guys don't get a start
That is a blip in our season and hopefully we will come back stronger
As for the singing section keep up the good work
 
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#74
(10-04-2015, 06:24 PM)staggie52 Wrote: The difference with Curran was that although there were concerns about his ball skills there was always a recognition that he put in the effort. Graham is putting in more effort with each game but he'll never put in the effort Curran does. In any case I doubt Graham's style will ever suit McIntyres preferred formation or method of play. That's not to say that Graham couldn't do a job for us if we changed formation.

Graham is clearly being given a chance to fit in, I just wish Dingwall was given the same chance. I think he could adapt better to the Curran role than Graham.

spot on
 
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#75
(10-04-2015, 08:17 PM)You The county lad Wrote: We got beat by a team who had the right tactics
Graham can score goals but not the way our team is set up
Heard a lot about Kyle and Tony that they should be playing
I think that it was a good idea to put Kyle out on loan as he will learn the hard side of the game and come back a lot stronger still training with  County as well will build him up
Tony is getting there but IMO playing 4 4 2 is not an ideal way to introduce Tony
If he was playing just of the striker like Curren does I don't think he is strong enough yet but is getting there.
Both Kyle and Tony will break through into the first team as well as a few others but will some off our supporters stop getting so worked up when the young guys don't get a start
That is a blip in our season and hopefully we will come back stronger
As for the singing section keep up the good work

We were better after subs came on
 
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#76
(10-04-2015, 04:53 PM)Ross shire buff Wrote: The only part I don't agree with is you slagging Boyd whom kept on top of the coloured boy you failed to mention Foster Absent without leave in two goals he was always getting out of position ,Boyd or Murdoch continually had to come across and cover,but I must agree with all your post apart from Boyd,and I applaud you for being honest !! 
I didn't think Jackson played very well either

'Coloured boy' .... Outrageous! Embarassment to the club
 
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#77
(10-04-2015, 05:41 PM)StuartTaylor Wrote: I've rarely heard so much criticism of a player from the home support, both during and after the game.
However lets just remember that Curran was hardly flavour of the month when he first arrived and indeed was jeered by a group of County fans when subbed at the Dump.
So there's hope for Brian yet.

Stuart by your response and !! Hooe for Brian yet ,, you like Graham fair enough, I never heard county supporters jeering Curran was it not the manager who was jeered for hooking him,can't mind who came on , and in my opinion and people in west stand  this is not the player who was prominent in Raith team that gubbed us, and if memory serves caused first rift,Roy was not pleased with so many changes to team  we did not show respect to Raith weak team and support were( censored)off with  ADAMs 
That's how I remember it and I recall your good self not being too happy.
Dingwall better bet than Graham any day of the week .
 
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#78
Both STV and The Terrace Podcast have plenty of "data" to show that a significant number of County's goals under McIntyre have come from crosses. Brian Graham is absolutely the sort of player who fits into that style of play and chance creation.

He doesn't, however, fit into the team alongside Boyce. I'm pretty confident that he could score 10+ goals alongside Curran but a Graham/Boyce front two won't bring out the best in Graham.
 
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#79
(10-04-2015, 08:57 PM)Deke Slayton Wrote: 'Coloured boy' .... Outrageous! Embarassment to tge club
I meant no disrespect I should have said Black player and I would never ever do anything to anyone's colour or creed 
I have various T shirts with lots of sayings and I'm still a big admirer of the late Nelson Mandella
All my NM shirts I wear with pride for a race that were exploited ,until Mandela came on the scene 
He said Its impossible until it's done!! So sorry never meant to  offend anyone.
Having been out Africa saw it firsthand ,but unfortunately it was in vane as Africa especially north is devastated ,shame his plans were not carried out by his wife who wanted WHITEs out ,she organised and set up tye gangs who went in with machetes and killed or drove farmers out,Africa is a starving nation
 
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#80
Jings.
 
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