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 ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Par  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 14:04

Team Line Up

Deniz Mehmet
2 Aaron Comrie
4 Kyle Benedictus (c)
12 Rhys Breen
3 Josh Edwards
26 Matthew Todd
18 Paul Allan
5 Chris Hamilton
7 Kevin O’Hara
14 Lewis McCann
9 Craig Wighton

Subs:-
6 Kyle Macdonald
8 Joe Chalmers
10 Nikolay Todorov
19 Miller Fenton
24 Jake Rennie
25 Michael Beagley
27 Sam Young
28 Andrew Tod
20 Max Little (GK)

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Jacko Par42  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 14:19

Pretty much the starting 11 going forward into the season, bench is very light. Needs a few more experienced heads there

COYP ⚽️⚽️

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Toddyrov  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 14:35

First game today

Mom the pars !

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Topic Originator: buffy  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 15:22

Cracking goal by Chris Hamilton

DAFC 1-0 Alloa

”Buffy’s Buns are the finest in Fife”, J. Spence 2019”
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Topic Originator: buffy  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:17

1-1

”Buffy’s Buns are the finest in Fife”, J. Spence 2019”
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Jacko Par42  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:19

It’s the auld saying if you don’t take your chances it’ll come back to bite you in the bottom 🙈🙈

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Paralex  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:40

Ross County 7 East Fife 0 !!!!!!!

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: buffy  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:52

Penalties

”Buffy’s Buns are the finest in Fife”, J. Spence 2019”
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Bannockburn Par  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:52

Really poor second half. Squad depth completely exposed, definitely won’t be winning the league playing like we have today. Signings badly needed.
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Topic Originator: Bod1004  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:53

Very poor last half hour, midfield definitely needs strengthening, we did mis a few good chances as well, Wighton, Breen,

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: The moose  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:56

Quote:

Bannockburn Par, Sat 23 Jul 16:52

Really poor second half. Squad depth completely exposed, definitely won’t be winning the league playing like we have today. Signings badly needed.


Have to agree. Needing signings ASAP.

BCM
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: desparado  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:57

Well that was dire. We are in for a long hard season if that performance is anything to go by. A midfield three if Hamilton Todd and Alan ain’t going to unlock too many defences. We need a quality wide man or two badly.

Edwards had his worst game in a Pars shirt. Comrie is a shadow of his former self.

The whole team looked absolutely knackered too.

Can’t think of any positives today.

Need to buck up.

Need players in rapidly.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: buffy  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 16:59

Pars ✅ ✅ ✅ X ✅
Alloa ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅

Alloa win on penalties

”Buffy’s Buns are the finest in Fife”, J. Spence 2019”
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Toddyrov  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:15

First half was decent, I liked Hamilton, really energetic and well taking looping header.

Second half - the less said the better. Need wingers asap. Wigton poor.

Not overly fussed because it was just the cup

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Topic Originator: Murphy  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:16

Glad I didn’t stay for the penalties then.

Worrying, terrible 2nd half.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: dafc-chris1  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:18

We will be lucky to make playoffs unless we make quality signings
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Topic Originator: The moose  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:20

Quote:

dafc-chris1, Sat 23 Jul 17:18

We will be lucky to make playoffs unless we make quality signings


Wouldn`t win the Fife Cup with the 2nd half performance.

BCM
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Parsweep  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:22

Quote:

Toddyrov, Sat 23 Jul 17:15

First half was decent, I liked Hamilton, really energetic and well taking looping header.

Second half - the less said the better. Need wingers asap. Wigton poor.

Not overly fussed because it was just the cup


" Only the cup " You might not be overly fussed , but i would bet most folk are . Get through today and there could`ve been a nice wee windfall for us , bit as usual .
We find a way to c*ck it up !

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: wulliepar57  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:35

Well there goes any windfall ! which would have been a bonus for us
But at the end of the day Exposed in the same old areas , and not taking our chances , I think most people here can gauge where we are already ,
Need some quality in the door ! and fast !!!
need to get off to a good start in the league and not to play catch up ,

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Raymie the Legend  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:35

Agree. Could have been a money spinning tie ?

Worrying how badly we fell out of the game when they equalised




It's bloody tough being a legend
Ron Atkinson - 1983
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: LEGEND85  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:39

We should have won that today but seemed to fall completely out of the game after they scored.

It`s been said all summer the need for new signings but for whatever reason it hasn`t happened.

We are playing players in positions clearly they aren`t suited to those roles Wighton and O`Hara cannot play in that wide position and then to move McCann out wide when that`s never worked.

The midfield is the real worry for me Todd and Allan are squad players , Can`t fault the effort from either but when we fell out the game neither of those players are going to get the game by the scruff of the neck and gets us back into the game.

Sadly Chalmers is going to need to play like someone who can get into the man city team to win over the pars fans and to miss the penalty you could script that.

As it stands tonight we are in for another long season.
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Toddyrov  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:40

Fair point parsweep

Effe
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Stanza  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:42

Quote:

Raymie the Legend, Sat 23 Jul 17:35

Agree. Could have been a money spinning tie ?

Worrying how badly we fell out of the game when they equalised


Agreed. Even if we had won the penalties I think we would have squeaked through, but there just seemed to be a lack of urgency or sense of the importance of winning.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: LEGEND85  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:47

Not being funny but some pars fans you hear saying it`s better to be out the Cup honestly these people are idiots

Do we not want the old firm or Aberdeen/Hearts at east end the could be another 2 or 3 players.
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: RossF  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:52

First game for me this season. Im beginning to think I`m a bad luck charm! First half both teams created chances and we were ok. Stunning header from
Hamilton.

After a good opening 10/15 mins in the second half we were poor. The goal we conceded was awful, Sammon should never be getting that space in the penalty box. We desperately need two wide players as Wighton is definitely not capable of playing there based on today. I can only assume Hamilton was injured to be subbed for Chalmers. He offers us absolutely nothing. I was gobsmacked he was one of the 5 to take the penalty and it came as no shock he would miss.

We sign another 4-5 players we have a chance of fighting for the title but at the moment we`ll be lucky to scrape the playoffs - based on today. Saying that, the league cup has never been an indication of how we perform on the league.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: buffy  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 17:58

Thought we were miles better in the first half and should have seen off Alloa. Kept letting them through though and Alloa’s confidence soared after the equaliser.

Credit to Alloa’s keeper and their defence for the battering of those four chances.

I thought the way our team kept going was great to see, McCann especially. I, for one, am looking forward to what the season brings.

”Buffy’s Buns are the finest in Fife”, J. Spence 2019”
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: nazpar  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:04

I thought McCann was out on his feet after and hour and yet they took Wighton off .also taking Hamilton off for Chalmers didn`t seem right to me

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Berkey  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:05

Could have been a signing or 2 lined up on the back of today if we got through and got a decent draw.

Reality check I guess, at a good time to focus minds in the boardroom. Go with what we have and hope to squeeze into the playoffs or get a few more in and have a go at the top spot but safe playoffs.

Can we afford not to go up? Falkirk relied on their youngsters last season and fell short and they have a better record bringing through younger players to sell on than us.

JM clearly doesn’t fancy chalmers if he can’t break into that team ahead of Todd who is a better right back and Allan, based on last season, dorrans isn’t the answer to any question in midfield. Square pegs in round holes having wighton and o’hara playing wide. Good luck with that…

Big week for us in terms of trying to bring one or 2 in me thinks….

Things will be looking up……..now yogi is gone!

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: TAFKA_Super_Petrie  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:09

Long season ahead.

Thought Hamilton gad a good game, strange sub, especially for Chalmers.

Stefan Scougall was excellent for Alloa; best player on pitch.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: eastendalloapar  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:16

Our manager at the start of the season tol us that our players were going to be superfit. By the end of the game the part time lads from Alloa looked superfit. I don`t know what their jobs are but it seems to be working. Plus they must had time to train them in how to take penalties.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: arpar  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:17

This cup is basically pre season. Not worth getting worked up about. There is still time to bring in decent loans or signings and for the players to hit form when the season gets underway.
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: LochgellyAlbert  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:26

Nice to hear the NW lads opinion of Chalmers, glad you`re back in your own seats next week.
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: evo!  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:37

Until the equaliser we played well, largely controlled the game and had some other good chances. We didn`t take them and Alloa got a scrappy goal. Both goals let in the last two games came from poor clearances originally.

But heads dropped after the goal, that was disappointing
Not sure subs were right. Wighton wasn`t doing a lot, but we didn`t really improve after he went off. Hamilton going off barring an injury or something I don`t get. Chalmers wasn`t what was needed.

But we have no options.i like the team we put out today, but the equaliser exposed our weaknesses and we didn`t have options to get back in control.

BEAST!
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Gadgie59  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:38

I really don’t get this “only league cup” mentality …. Should we only try once we’re in Europe?

Obviously, with that sort of mindset we’ll never move forward and besides ….Has anyone on this forum ever played any type of football and thought, “nah I won’t bother”?


“Football is a beautiful game,
It should be played beautifully.”
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: twin par  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:44

Yes,we have lost money not qualifying. We are the masters of massive financial c*ck ups. How much have we lost,in money terms by failing in competitions,so early.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Par  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:53

It is disappointing, the amount of chances we created we should have won and qualified, even if we had won on penalties we would have qualified also.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: pacifist  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 18:54

We didn`t lose and we should have won. I thought we lacked urgency in the 2nd half, and maybe fitness. Too early to press the we`re doomed button.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Bucuresti Par  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 19:01

Frustrating not to win, we had enough chances to go 2 up and probably would have been fine, the last 30 minutes after the equaliser were poor though and showed the limitations of the squad.

I thought O`Hara and to a lesser extent Wighton did ok out wide, but neither are suited to playing there, nor McCann. Quite honestly there are not many other options at the moment.

Alternative shapes would be 3-5-2 - Chalmers as sweeper anyone?

Or 4-4-2, but who plays on either wing? Possibly Edwards as a left midfielder as his crossing is improving and he does take people on, but on the right? Matty Todd?? Kyle Macdonald?

Or 4-4-2 with a diamond shape, with Dorrans at the top?

Otherwise it has to be the current 4-3-3, but I think we need at least 2 wide players to make it work, god knows where we find them, maybe a couple of young guys on loan from Premiership teams in the next few weeks. Someone who can dribble is an absolute must.

Nobody is taking Chalmers, Todorov, Wighton, Dorrans etc off our hands.

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Topic Originator: gordi-b  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 19:50

Sadly none of our front players are capable of taking on a defender in a one to one situation, tis inability is costing us dearly

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: JTH123  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:18

Sadly neither Wighton nor O`Hara did well enough in their wide positions. I felt the best width came from Edwards and I can`t agree with whoever it was that said he was very poor today.
Totally devoid of creativity after half time which was a shame because they looked comfortable first half to the extent that I would have given decent odds on us losing the second half. Chalmers is singled out as a scapegoat unfairly but you can`t argue that the vast majority of his passes seem to go sideways.
The squad is very light. I can`t help but wonder if they would happily move-on Todarov given that we`ve got McCann as target man.
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Topic Originator: nick_dafc1  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:25

All our managers are trying to complicate it

Until we sign wingers

Put McDonald right wing

Chalmers left back
Edwards left wing

O hara and mccann up front.

Simple 442, it`s league one in Scotland
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Topic Originator: FRED1981  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:26

Somebody at the game said he was suspended for the first two league games ?

F muller
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: FRED1981  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:28

Hamilton that is

F muller
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Parsfangaz  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:29

Quote:

LochgellyAlbert, Sat 23 Jul 18:26

Nice to hear the NW lads opinion of Chalmers, glad you`re back in your own seats next week.


eh ??
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Buspasspar  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:36

Topic Originator: eastendalloapar like
Date: Sat 23 Jul 18:16

Our manager at the start of the season tol us that our players were going to be superfit. By the end of the game the part time lads from Alloa looked superfit. I don`t know what their jobs are but it seems to be working. Plus they must had time to train them in how to take penalties.

Spot on eeap
We never looked fitter stronger or faster than any part time team last season and the signs are there for this season already ..

We are forever shaped by the Children we once were
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Paralex  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:42

We did enjoy 64% possession Buspasspar and therefore the bulk of the attacking play. That`s probably what tired us out. They sat back and provided the sucker punch.

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Topic Originator: hudza  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:43

Played well in first half, knocked the ball about well but got to take chances.
Second half was absolutely murder - heads went down as soon as Alloa scored, a resemblance to last season that when the going gets tough the players can`t cope. Bizarre decision to take Hamilton off and concerned how Alloa finished by far the stronger.
Not a lack of effort but we have basically the same squad (exception of Bene and Hamilton) that took us down and they are simply not good enough. The squad needs at least 5 players added to it.

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Topic Originator: Berkey  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 20:54

I can only assume he took hamilton off as he’s suspended for the 1st league game.

If alloa score first next week I genuinely can’t see how we can unlock a team sitting in unless it’s from a set piece.

Things will be looking up……..now yogi is gone!

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Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 21:23

Do you have an alarm set for when we lose? Genuine question

"Some days will stay a 1000 years, some pass like the flash of a spark"
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Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 21:39

I saw no evidence of a lack of fitness. Surely with the monitors players wear nowadays anyone not reaching the required standards would be easily spotted and the problem remedied? Guys like Crombie and Edwards make lung-bursting runs throughout the game. Which players are considered not to be fit? This never seems to be mentioned when we win.

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Topic Originator: parsfan97  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 21:50

It was pretty clear the players look knackered after 70/75 mins

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Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 21:56

Well why didn`t the manager mention that in his interview? If the players aren`t fit it`s the management`s fault surely?

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Topic Originator: parsfan97  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 22:01

He made a comment about being unable to change things up as much as he’d like, maybe that was a comment relating to that and also a message to the board

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Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 22:11

I`m sure there have been comments after earlier games this season that we look fitter than last season. It`s the old story on here after a disappointing result - everything`s wrong.

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Topic Originator: parsfan97  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 22:18

And yet today a part time team looked fitter at the end than us. You are allowed to criticise wee eck, folk just defending everything the club do has seen some fans just accepting mediocrity

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Topic Originator: Indiapar  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 22:32

The thing with fitness is you build up a base fitness. If they are training hard early it rewards you later on. The benefits at this stage are minimal as there will be tired legs. In my early years as a professional athelete we were never particularly impressed with the level of fitness of a few players in those days, i used to play 5 aside with Kenny Thomson who was very fit. Kenny did sprint training also so had pace.
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Topic Originator: Parsweep  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 22:33

Some of them were running on empty .
That`s not a criticism Eck , it`s an observation .

Bobvo
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Bannockburn Par  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 23:46

Saturday to forget

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: wee eck  
Date:   Sat 23 Jul 23:56

Re: Next seasons expectations.
Topic Originator: wee eck
Date: Mon 27 Jun 11:52

I`m expecting this forum to go into meltdown every time we drop points.


I must admit I didn`t think it would start before the league campaign was underway.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: da_no_1  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 00:46

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Bannockburn Par, Sat 23 Jul 23:46

Squad is not strong enough and part time Alloa exposed it second half. The new CEO is a complete joker conning fans out of cash to watch utter garbage. Mcpake can’t be blamed for the shambles he has been left with . Dorrans, Chalmers, Mehmet, Wighton are not good enough. Can see us Finnishing mid table at best. Mcpake needs signings. Wouldn’t blame Mcpake if he walked….rudderless ship at DAFC. Germans have delivered nothing.


Apart from that everything`s `triff

"Some days will stay a 1000 years, some pass like the flash of a spark"
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Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 00:47

Nobody wants to accept mediocrity but that is what you get in the 3rd tier of Scottish football.
Anyone expecting much more should move on and support whoever lights their candle. We are at the start of a journey and although I may have to accept reality and the mediocrity that comes with it, I expect steady progress and I have the patience for the trip.
Were you one of those bairns that constantly asked, "Are we there yet?" On long trips?



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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Parfect69  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 01:05

Quote:

hudza, Sat 23 Jul 20:43

Played well in first half, knocked the ball about well but got to take chances.
Second half was absolutely murder - heads went down as soon as Alloa scored, a resemblance to last season that when the going gets tough the players can`t cope. Bizarre decision to take Hamilton off and concerned how Alloa finished by far the stronger.
Not a lack of effort but we have basically the same squad (exception of Bene and Hamilton) that took us down and they are simply not good enough. The squad needs at least 5 players added to it.


Absolutely spot on
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Topic Originator: xgatesmafia  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 07:46

Mediocrity has been beyond us for 12 months. People buying into this 8/9/10 year plan nonsense are delusional. We are going nowhere as a club. That is the reality that stares us all in face, although some continue to back a failing regime ( which is fine , it’s a free country).

Still maybe we ll make it into the play offs if we make a couple of decent signings. I like the Manager and think he was a good appointment given the options available but he’s going to need some serious support to get us promoted ….and that’s more cash we just left on the bar.

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Topic Originator: PARrot  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 10:52

Quote:

xgatesmafia, Sun 24 Jul 07:46

Mediocrity has been beyond us for 12 months. People buying into this 8/9/10 year plan nonsense are delusional. We are going nowhere as a club. That is the reality that stares us all in face, although some continue to back a failing regime ( which is fine , it’s a free country).

Still maybe we ll make it into the play offs if we make a couple of decent signings. I like the Manager and think he was a good appointment given the options available but he’s going to need some serious support to get us promoted ….and that’s more cash we just left on the bar.


Its a 7 yr plan to be established. It isnt delusional

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: pars4life1  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 11:10

7 year plan, which we are already 3 years behind on, failure this season likely puts another 18 months on that.

The plan falls apart if the first team is not successful. We cannot continue to treat results week to week as unimportant. They are the reason we exist as a club, plans and projects are fine as a means of improving results, but results must always remain the focus.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: LEGEND85  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 11:20

Unfortunately the hangover from last season failure has not gone with many fans. That was how I felt being at the game yesterday.

I don`t think the team will be afforded the luxury of any early season blip.

This is one of the problems with not bringing in new recruits to give the fans a lift.

I actually think McPake might be afforded time but not the players or board.

Last season our title aspirations were gone very early in the season and I don`t think fans will settle for that this season. For a club the size of dunfermline a strong
title push is the minimum.

Right now with that current team I feel we could be between 4-6 place.
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: JimDAFC  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 11:25

Failed to score the 2 goals a game I`m looking for against the teams in our division. Came close to doing it in first half but very worrying what happened after Alloa scored in the second . Surprised how we we ran out of steam in the last half hour, are they overtraining as have been impressed with their fitness in other games. Should have put on some of the young lads because the team were creating very little with some of the players who were clearly very tired. However easy to say in hindsight. The reaction to this result amongst the players over the next 2 games will tell us a lot about our chances this season I think.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: wulliepar57  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 11:36

our undoing is a Theme we seem not to learn from :
when we get chances a wee bit of guile and Quality would go a long way instead of just battering the ball towards goal ! we also need to do much better on a one to one with the keeper
And the biggest thing I have seen for a long time is for some reason we cannot defend set pieces , or balls into our box , too many players seem out of position or put it back in the danger area
perfect example yesterday was the header out that Alloa scored their goal from
above is only my observations , but already I can see the same old thing a team scores against us and the heads go down !
we need to bring in a few Gem`s very quickly or it is going to be a long hard season , because a few players getting a jersey just now are nowhere near good enough , And I agree with others we looked knackered the last 30 mins

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: kelty_par  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 12:00

No wonder we lack fitness - it seems that we have played pretty much the same team for all our group stage and pre-season fixtures. I think it`s right that the back four have played every game; Hamilton, McCann and O`Hara have played almost every game. I think our starting XI has potential but its clear we lack depth and that will impact on fitness.

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: McCaig`s Tower  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 13:32

It was very disappointing to lose but I think there has been a bit of an over-reaction. Perhaps we were thinking that all we had to do was turn up and eventually there would be a big pay-day, but football isn’t like that.

As has been said, we should have been well clear in the first half – it reminded me of Rory at the Open last week – seemingly having everything under control, but being unable to step up a gear when it became necessary.

We had the chances – in particular we had any number of deliveries into the box that produced nothing – whether that was the quality of the cross, the positioning of the players, or their willingness to challenge, I don’t know. Their keeper seemed to have it too easy, IMO. One can’t help feeling that Andy Smith would have scored a barrowload. . Coaching should be able to help here, but there seems to be an attitude that goalscoring is a skill that can’t be coached.

As I think Raymie said, we are putting square pegs in round holes – but which is better – playing an experienced player out of position, or an inexperienced player in position? A judgement call for the manager but perhaps even if Macdonald had been on the pitch to put in one of his supposedly superior crosses, it could have been pivotal. What we have isn’t working particularly well, and confidence appears to be still brittle. Perhaps putting Tod Jnr on for 10 minutes would have provided the missing spark.

As for binning most of the team, given we are struggling to source one replacement, it would seem foolhardy to put ourselves in a position where we need eight or nine. The market does appear to be constipated, I guess it will start to loosen up soon, but are we looking for a large squad, with cover in every position, or an AJ type small squad of quality, which is great the 80% (or whatever) of games it is available, but really struggles if there are a couple missing?

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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Indiapar  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 13:39

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wulliepar57, Sun 24 Jul 11:36

our undoing is a Theme we seem not to learn from :
when we get chances a wee bit of guile and Quality would go a long way instead of just battering the ball towards goal ! we also need to do much better on a one to one with the keeper
And the biggest thing I have seen for a long time is for some reason we cannot defend set pieces , or balls into our box , too many players seem out of position or put it back in the danger area
perfect example yesterday was the header out that Alloa scored their goal from
above is only my observations , but already I can see the same old thing a team scores against us and the heads go down !
we need to bring in a few Gem`s very quickly or it is going to be a long hard season , because a few players getting a jersey just now are nowhere near good enough , And I agree with others we looked knackered the last 30 mins



From the highlights it looked like Craig Wighton didn`t get a challenge in for the header that set up the goal. Whether he was held down its not clear.
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 Re: ALLOA GAME
Topic Originator: Ianoappar  
Date:   Sun 24 Jul 14:04

Don`t think any of our strikers are natural goal scorers which showed yesterday,with enough chances squandered to win the game.And once Alloa equalised the frailty shown last season emerged.and worryingly a part time team seemed to finish the game stronger.
A bit of calmness with the chances created might have resulted in a better result,instead of hitting defenders with the shots on goal.Will miss Hamilton big time in next two games.

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