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14 minutes ago, latapythelegend said:

Looked a decent crowd last night from the highlights. Did they announce it? Anything over 2k in this cup is very respectable.

Decent turnout from thistle considering you could always stay at home and watch from the comfort of your own front room.

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3 hours ago, ShaggerG said:

Couple of observations: I thought Martin had a good game. Despite having nothing to do all night, what he did do he did well. There was no sign of the nerves that he's shown so far. 

 

His use of the ball was decent but really could've played as a third centre half.

Still can't believe McCall made the changes he did, understand more if it was a midweek fixture. I'd also guess the majority of teams are tinkering with their best 11 too. 

It is a cup where you really have to win it to make money from it though and the current format does not help matters.

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1 hour ago, Bairn in Exile said:

Just watched the highlights of our game against PT.

Can we please, please get Rumarn Burrell signed on a new 10 year contract? What a find he is, getting better with every game. I don't want to see him going for nowt or peanuts at the end of the season.

Would also love to see Ola Lawal getting more game time, hopefully he gets a full 90 minutes under his belt in the bounce game on Tuesday and comes into contention for the starting line-up against Clyde.

FYI @latapythelegend Sky Sports had the crowd as 2,720.

Is this not great though mate ? We are all desperate to see him but over the last 2 games (or 1.75 for sure) you can’t really argue with what McGlynn’s starting 11 has delivered.

It’s fantastic to have lads like him, Mackie, Carroll and Kennedy waiting in the wings to get an opportunity. Competition for places like we’ve not had for a while.

Could it be that Kelty, a disaster at the time, is acting as a launchpad for our season ?

I’m not getting ahead of myself too much but I have to admit I’m starting to look forward to our next games having dreaded them for a while.

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27 minutes ago, Grangemouth Bairn said:

Is this not great though mate ? We are all desperate to see him but over the last 2 games (or 1.75 for sure) you can’t really argue with what McGlynn’s starting 11 has delivered.

It’s fantastic to have lads like him, Mackie, Carroll and Kennedy waiting in the wings to get an opportunity. Competition for places like we’ve not had for a while.

Could it be that Kelty, a disaster at the time, is acting as a launchpad for our season ?

I’m not getting ahead of myself too much but I have to admit I’m starting to look forward to our next games having dreaded them for a while.

Yes, this for sure.

It’s just that I think both Burrell and Lawal are destined to play at a far higher level than the 3rd tier of Scottish football and if Lawal isn’t getting sufficient game time here he might feel unappreciated and undervalued by us and will up sticks and head off elsewhere at the first opportunity. Remember, we’re not talking about a couple of young Scottish laddies who might be more inclined to bide their time to get some games, a la Carroll and Kennedy, this is 2 young guys who have taken the gamble of moving from Ireland and England to play more football and possibly put themselves in the shop window, they won’t get that sitting on the bench.

More to your your point about having players waiting in the wings, yes, it has been a looooong time since we have had players coming off the bench who actually strengthen the team instead of weakening it.

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25 minutes ago, Bairn in Exile said:

Yes, this for sure.

It’s just that I think both Burrell and Lawal are destined to play at a far higher level than the 3rd tier of Scottish football and if Lawal isn’t getting sufficient game time here he might feel unappreciated and undervalued by us and will up sticks and head off elsewhere at the first opportunity. Remember, we’re not talking about a couple of young Scottish laddies who might be more inclined to bide their time to get some games, a la Carroll and Kennedy, this is 2 young guys who have taken the gamble of moving from Ireland and England to play more football and possibly put themselves in the shop window, they won’t get that sitting on the bench.

More to your your point about having players waiting in the wings, yes, it has been a looooong time since we have had players coming off the bench who actually strengthen the team instead of weakening it.

Think we're being a bit early with that chat, but id happily offer both terms further than they have at the minute. 

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8 hours ago, Springfield said:

Airdrie & Kelty we’re howlers and thankfully now parked. Still early season but some promising real signs were starting to look better, fitter and dare I say it winners. Might upset a few  but even with Williamson fit, I would still continue with Yeats at RB. Yes he made a few mistakes but his appetite to hound opposing players is simply a joy to watch. Watched McGinn giving Yeats encouragement and applause throughout the game, great leadership from the captain. 

I also noticed Mc Glynn giving Yeats a bit of criticism when he lost the ball. Good to see that standards are high.

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11 hours ago, Reggie Perrin said:

Anyone else pick up on McGlynn’s comments on Williamson’s injuries during the FTV interview.

Sounded to me that his patience may be wearing a bit thin with the never ending series of injuries.

Shame for the boy but if you can’t play then you are a dead wage.

Thought there was a few clever comments by McGlynn with his latest interview. Certainly got the impression that Williamson is pissing him off. 

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2 hours ago, Springfield said:

Shayne Lavery - brought on by NI, one I had forgotten about. What was his issue with us?

Struggled for fitness a wee bit but McKinnon for some ludicrous reason preferred Aaron Jarvis who is now playing non league whilst lavery plays for Blackpool and Northern Ireland. Even when fit he was overlooked until coming on last game of the season when he played really well in the 3 2 win over county. Crazy.

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2 hours ago, FK1Bairn said:

McKinnon preferred Todorov and Aaron Jarvis. 

I dont recall Todorov even getting that much game time. It was Jarvis who was the real inexplicable one. Lavery looked as livewire in every sub appearance he had, yet he never ever got the time Jarvis got. 

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Going on the last 2 games, if they stick to what they’re doing, a playoff place is certainly achievable.

The more the players invest in what the management are telling them to do will certainly pay dividends, with that style of play, plan & organisation.

Who knows where it could end?

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As others have pointed out, it’s fantastic to have some much-needed squad depth. Kennedy, Lawal and Carroll are all players capable of making an impact off the bench and will be pushing to start more games. Alegria and Williamson to come back from injury, with McKay* and Mackie waiting in the wings, I’ve got a better feeling about the Bairns this season. Let’s keep the momentum going on Saturday. COYB.
 
*Never thought I’d be saying this about Brad McKay but I’ve been inpressed with him when he’s played so far this year.
The thing about McKay, and same with Paul Watson, they aren't starters at all now, but at least your not automatically shiting it to lose a CH to suspension or a wee niggle.
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We're probably a bit better covered in defence with everyone fit than we need to be but its certainly good to have competition. 

Burrell have been superb so far.  Would also like to see Lawal over a full 90.  My impression of him so far is he looks relaxed to the point of lazy but then pops up with something special.  Hard to tell how much he'd influence a game given a longer run.  

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