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barkblue

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  1. Back in the day, Scotland had squads filled with players playing in England, but we have to remember that the likes of Ardiles and Villa at Spurs and Thijssen (spelling?) and Muhren at Ipswich were very much the exception back then. The top flight in England, which was basically dominating Europe in the late 70s were filled with home international players. Hence these guys were playing against the best in the continent in high pressure games every season and a whole host of Scottish players (from memory Allan Evans, John McGovern (who was never capped?), John Robertson, Greame Souness, Kenny Dalglish, Stevie Nicol etc etc won European Cups and that's not even taking into account guys like Jordan, McQueen, Macari, Buchan at Manchester United (amongst others) who were playing against that standard of player week in week out. We also qualified for the 1978, 82, 86, 90 and 98 World Cups and Euro 96 when the Scottish top flight was either 10 or 12 clubs. So, while I agree that the current system doesn't particularly encourage flair or excitement from our players, or time on the ball, arguably we've had more international success under this type of system than not.
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    Scotland

    Fair enough mate. It's not a big enough a deal for me - either whether he's the right guy, or who actually plays for Scotland - to get too embroiled in the discussion. However, I will clarify that I certainly don't have a favourite dab and I doubt anyone else on here does either.
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    Scotland

    Surely it's possible for a young(ish) lad to learn from his mistakes and adjust his attitude? Unfortunately most of out squad isn't international class and he isn't out of place alongside the players Clarke has at his disposal. I get that we're al meant to 'hate' him because he's a DAB but I genuinely can't see who Clarke was meant to pick instead of him.
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    Scotland

    Removing the fact that the striker he dropped down for is an arab, surely the indictment is that the standard of player in our own top flight is so poor that he even has to contemplate going down a division for players? There's no doubt that Clarke is barrel scrapping but the top Scottish scorer in the top flight is Ryan Christie (who played) and then Ross Stewart at Ross County with 4 goals. After that it's Steven Lawless at Livingston with 3, then James Forrest and Sparky at Celtic with 2 goals (the latter from 44 minutes of football). How many of the lads on this list are Scottish? And then how many are strikers? https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/scottish-premiership/top-scorers
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    Dundee V Partick

    Not entirely convinced by Mackie at LM, but I'd go same again if we can. I'd love to see us get away from the constant chopping and changing.
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    Dundee V Partick

    I think you're probably right mate. For me we've always looked less likely to look with only one up front and for that reason alone I'm sceptical of altering from that approach. I do totally understand the desire for two of Hemmings, Johnson and Nelson to start. Ideally I'd like to see that too but just don't think we have the midfield personnel to do it without over-exposing the full backs.
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    Dundee V Partick

    I'd rather we found a formation that works and pretty much stuck to it. The teams that tends to win leagues don't set out differently every week, they know what they're good at and believe they can win most weeks doing that. I know the modern way is to constantly tinker the formation, line-up and tactics but I've watched season after season of our players looking completely befuddled by what they're getting asked to this week as the manager tries to show just how clever and versatile they are. Appreciate what you're saying regarding us missing chances but that's been happening no matter the formation and I'd rather we created a lot and missed a few than created a few and then missed all of them. Hardly the most positive thinking but if we can stay solid at the back with the 5 in midfield then, to me, as a team struggling to score, then we've more chance of winning than if we get involved in a goal-fest.
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    Dundee V Partick

    I don't understand why we'd change something that worked pretty well last time and created enough chances (including for Hemmings) to win two games.
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    Scotland

    The only thing I'd slightly counter that with is that if you see the goals we've lost in recent games, they really have been down to individual error. You can organise and train all you want but when guys go to sleep then there's not much a manager can do. That said, we're so punchless it's frightening and that's down to shape and tactics.
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    Scotland

    Not easy to add a million options, but I probably fall somewhere between Not As Much As Dundee and Simply Not Interested. I mean I watched the highlights last night but was out with mates while the game was on and wasn't interested enough to need or want to know the score. I do wish we were better than we've been for years and years now, but I don't mull over it much and couldn't imagine, for example, spending time on a national team forum like I do on here. In fairness, if we weren't quite so garbage maybe I would be more interested but it's only been about DFC for me. Although thinking about, one of the major things for me is that I feel zero connection with the players representing the country now and for whatever reason that wasn't the case many years ago.
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    McPake and Irvine Charged

    I hope that's a tongue in cheek comment. If not then I really do wonder what some folk see when they go to games.
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    Our Bench

    Underwear on spin cycle as we speak mate. Although I should maybe have taken them off first...
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    McPake and Irvine Charged

    No, it's called looking for a reaction...
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    Our Bench

    Paul Hartley ran around hugging folk and shoved his hands in the air when we scored. Did it make him a better, or more effective manager? No wonder McPake has moved the home dugout away from the main stand whingers. Folk will criticise anything these days.
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    Our Bench

    I'd hardly say that the reaction from our bench wasn't human. It's just not that of supporters. What's the adage most coaches and managers follow? 'Don't get too down when you lose, or too carried away when you win.'. I'd far rather understated satisfaction from the bench than a manager who played to the crowd like Ronny Deila did at Celtic. That always smacked of desperation. A fair few of the squad have already stated that McPake played a large part in them deciding to come to Dens, so he must inspire them without the need for running up and down the track like a loony. Not aimed at you BCG but it really feels like some folk are just desperate for something to get up tight about. We won at the weekend, so now we don't even celebrate wins properly.
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    Our Bench

    Nonsense. Look at the best managers in the world. Some go wild when their team score, some intentionally show zero reaction. Seriously, none of this stuff matters.
  17. I've added the goals from twitter earlier in this thread mate.
  18. Or is it the Club for New Realist Supporters? I feel a Monty Python sketch coming on!
  19. Fair enough. That's one poster. It's hardly a horde outside Dens with Cammy out placards. To me what McPake has tried to do is add strength in depth on a limited budget. We've three strikers, five, or six guys comfortable in the middle of the park. Two or three guys that play on either wing. A CB who can play RB, a LB that has been OK at LM and three options at CB. Add in a dedicated LB and RB and while we'd maybe like more CB cover, it's not a bad job of covering all the positions without simply having 2 guys for every slot. On that basis not everyone will start every game. In fact most players haven't. If we go forward with the same team from Saturday from here on in and go on a winning streak, I for one won't really be caring who is, or is not, in the starting line-up. With injuries and suspensions also a given across the season, maybe a rest for some players just now is no bad thing in the long run anyway?
  20. None of that really answers the question though. Cammy has been dropped for one game/ Who is binning him? I could go into the tactical errors that made Marshall's job harder in those two games but that's been done to death umpteen times.
  21. I understand folk giving Cammy their backing. The lad is absolute gold and a real example to any fellow pro. However, for some, it appears that if we don't all want him in the starting line up, or see a better alternative, then we are criticising him. For me nothing could be further from the truth but that doesn't mean that he should start every game regardless of results or form. McPake has been vociferous in his support of the lad but that didn't stop him asking him to sit out on Saturday and neither it should.
  22. Would you agree that, on this season's showings, that Marshall is in better form than Cammy?
  23. I don't want to get too deep here mate, but you just have to look around you on the street or in a shop. Or turn on the telly, or read social media to see that we are, in general, a very angry population these days. Dens, unfortunately merely reflects that.
  24. barkblue

    Dundee V Arbroath Tickets

    Life happens mate. Loads of lads wouldn't have thought of offering in the first place.
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