What struck me today was just how poor the 'more established' members of our squad were.
Cammy was exposed time and again, ball chasing, poor decision making, shocking distribution. Kusunga was OK, but still looks poor in the tackle and on the verge of disaster every time he goes near the ball.
Inniss was, well, hmmm. At moments he looks strong, assured and confident, then he takes a touch that sends the ball 30 feet in the air! The lad's distribution is awful unless it's a 5 yard pass and when he's forced to go long it's just shut your eyes and put your foot through the ball stuff. Oh and he never once worked out where Dobbie was all game.
Ralph, as he has been since he came back form injury, was one of our better performers.
Jessie Curran - well taken goal - and apart from that he's just terrible. No idea positionally going forward or defending and his decision making is woeful - that break away when he tried to feed C Curran instead of Kenny Miller... really?? Gifting the ball away with every second touch and just not understanding the flow of the game at all. There was a time in the first half when he had the ball, and played it inside to Kenny Miller, who'd dropped deep. Miller passed it back to Cammy and couldn't believe it he realised Jessie was still standing exactly where he had been when he first passed it to Miller - and he told him as much. No attempt to stretch the game pull a player put of position or take a gamble that he could get in behind and be sent through with the ball. Useless.
Deacon - why? Honestly, just what? Utterly useless on the left, then McIntyre asked him and Curran to swap and they were both even less effective. Had he been fit enough to play prior to the shutdown I've no doubt he'd have been on the discard pile by now as well. The guy's a fraud.
Kenny Miller never got a chance to get in the game. Had one half chance all game that was quickly snuffed out and was forced to drop deeper and deeper to get the ball in the first half because our midfield maestros were invisible.
Which leads us to McGowan and Woods. How many times could Woods receive the ball today from a defender or deeper midfielder and simply give it straight back to them, whether they were open or not? No attempt to spread the play, no thought of getting turned and looking up field, just back to the defenders and let them worry about it (and with Inniss and Kusunga, worry we did). Looked decent when he came in but there was a feel of going through the motions again today. I was also desperate for him to be taken off the set plays until Jessie decided to show us all that he is even worse at them. How can pro footballers be so bad at delivering a dead ball? Genuinely, when I was their age I was better at it than those two were today. Frightening.
And Gowser, well... What the hell has happened to him? It's amazing to think he and someone like Nick Ross bossed our midfield for the final third of a season a few years back. Just unbelievably ineffectual.
So even the players McIntyre has deemed good enough (and he signed one of them) were nearly all atrocious today.
New lads - Dales, a bit of promise but didn't really make anything of note happen. He was much more comfortable when he got moved to the right. Could go either way with him but he was better than Deacon. To be fair, everyone was better than Deacon.
C Curran. Exactly as billed. Chased everything. Won a lot of knock ons. Poor touch, bad distribution and struggled to really know where Miller was. Early days and I can see why he was brought in, but we can only hope he's still settling in.
Leaving the two biggest plus points. Dieng. Big and strong. Comes for crosses and made a couple of good saves. On one showing he looks better than Parish and Hamilton. And Nelson was a live wire when he came on. On his toes and direct. Harrying defenders and the keeper and making things happen out of nothing. With a bit of luck might have created a goal when he had no right to when he closed down their keeper. Really like the look of him. Not frightened to put himself about either.
All in all a poor day at the office and play like that down there and we'll be well beaten I'd say.
In an ideal world, we still need 2 CBs ,a RB, 2 CMs and a RM. I think that 1CB, a RB and 1CM is the bare minimum we can get away with if we've to have any hope of surviving. And frightening to see that the only other player of note on the bench was Källman.
Dieng - 8
Ralph - 7 Kerr - 2 Inniss - 4 Kusunga - 5
Deacon - 1 Woods - 3 McGowan - 4 Curran - 4
Miller - 5 Curran - 5
Dales - 5 Nelson - 6