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An important three points for United on Saturday but truth be told it was a fairly dreadful game of football overall.

Both teams were fairly turgid to be honest and Dunfermline probably had most of the play. They started well and dominated the first 8 minutes and then we scored with our first attack, Shankland turning in a cross. Then a war of attrition in the midfield began in earnest, only interrupted by a lovely free kick from Nicky Clark, who clearly enjoys playing against his former team.

The second half saw a good save from Siegrist and Dunfermline hitting the bar, but beyond that nothing else of any note whatsoever. I don't think we brought a save out of their keeper. It was genuinely boring.

The defence played well and I thought Brown was probably man of the match. It was good to get Robson back in the team and it gave the defence better balance.

The midfield didn't function particularly well going forward. Butcher did a good defensive job but I thought Harkes didn't have a great game, Pawlett was his usual self and they did a good job in stifling McMullan, who seemed to lose interest as the game wore on because he couldn't get involved. By the time space became available to him he was playing so poorly that he did nothing with the ball when he got it.

The front two didn't do much other than score, so I won't be too critical.

A good win though, particularly with results across the weekend going our way. Ayr losing on Friday to a midtable club obviously helps us while ICT losing was a big surprise for me. Well done to Arbroath too on a terrific win at Firhill. It really does show the cutthroat nature of the league we're in as everyone is beating everyone. We just need to keep picking up the wins, even if we aren't playing well.

Another home game now on Tuesday as we entertain Partick and it'll be important that we continue our good home record. Hopefully we can extend our lead at the top.

On a final note, I got my ticket for the derby this morning by telephone. Wonderful.

Mon the Terrors

posted on 28/10/19

I just got my ticket for the derby. £26, plus £2 booking, plus £2 if you want them delivered. That's £30 for a Championship match and only get to see one of the goals as the pillars in the main stand obscure one of the goals.

To be fair it is one of the most entertaining fixtures out there and I'd rather pay to go to this fixture over any other, but still!

posted on 28/10/19

comment by IvanGolacIsMagic (U5291)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by HB Fash (U21935)
posted 12 seconds ago
Caley are a basketcase, supposedly in big trouble with money at the moment, it's been in the local papers that they only have enough to see out the season.
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Saw that. In big trouble as I can't see them getting promoted.

Not that our finances are in good shape either mind you. Wage to turnover ratio of 133%

Hopefully our American owners know what they're doing.
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133%!

Rangers were in the high 70s and people were freaking out.

I would be seriously concerned about that unless the owners have deep pockets and the interests of the club at heart.

posted on 28/10/19

comment by HB Fash (U21935)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by IvanGolacIsMagic (U5291)
posted 6 minutes ago
comment by HB Fash (U21935)
posted 12 seconds ago
Caley are a basketcase, supposedly in big trouble with money at the moment, it's been in the local papers that they only have enough to see out the season.
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Saw that. In big trouble as I can't see them getting promoted.

Not that our finances are in good shape either mind you. Wage to turnover ratio of 133%

Hopefully our American owners know what they're doing.
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133%!

Rangers were in the high 70s and people were freaking out.

I would be seriously concerned about that unless the owners have deep pockets and the interests of the club at heart.
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It is a concern, yes.

It's worth saying that a big part of that is from United investing in coaching staff to qualify for elite level in the Project Brave thing. We've invested pretty heavily in that.

But ultimately we've also invested significantly in the squad and the likes of Shankland, Reynolds and Pawlett will be on good money (some more value for money than others...)

comment by Silver (U6112)

posted on 28/10/19

I would call bollox to that, Ivan? Coaches do not cost much. Academy physios are on minimum wage, zero hours even at Celtic. I'd be surprised if its cost you 6 figures extra?

posted on 28/10/19

comment by Silver (U6112)
posted 52 minutes ago
I would call bollox to that, Ivan? Coaches do not cost much. Academy physios are on minimum wage, zero hours even at Celtic. I'd be surprised if its cost you 6 figures extra?
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Maybe mate, no idea but it's obviously extra investment.

We're just splashing out to get up. That's the main thing.

posted on 28/10/19

zero hours even at Celtic
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Sickening.

comment by Silver (U6112)

posted on 28/10/19

comment by HB Fash (U21935)
posted 29 minutes ago
zero hours even at Celtic
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Sickening.
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Because.....?

posted on 28/10/19

Saturday was a dirge, but essential that we took three points. Tomorrow is equally as important. Popped into the shop after work and picked up tickets for the derby - we had originally planned to just watch it in the pub but they had some left. Main stand (because behind the goal they only had front row), but concerned because I’m 6ft4 and the seats are pretty close to the ones in front, but hey ho! Hopefully we won’t be sitting down too often!

comment by Silver (U6112)

posted on 28/10/19

Nobody sits during derby matches, do they?

posted on 28/10/19

Maybe at half time

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