There has been a lack of any home games on the fixture list which would have been regarded as "big games". Usually there are at least some games where all fans are really up for it.
First home game of the season you should be expecting most fans to turn up. New season optimism, new signings and all that. The League Cup format now means you have more of gradual start to the season that takes away from that opener a bit. With our poor performances in the cup, defeat to St Mirren the week before, plus McCann already being on a shoogly peg, the Aberdeen game didn't really have the new season feel.
Macintyre's first home game should have seen a bigger crowd and renewed optimism. With the manor of his appointment (with Dodds gate etc.) and having got beat 4-0 to Livi, the new manager momentum was lost almost instantly.
Even Saturday didn't really have the feel of a relegation make or break game. It was more of break now or delay the break for a week kind of game.
You can't really get away from the fact we've won 1 home game all season as being the reason for the poor crowds. It's actually fairly impressive that they have held up as much as they have. That likely does mean the season tickets account for most of them.
Games against Old Firm, Edinburgh teams and Aberdeen should be ones to look out for in calendar. My memory of going to these games as a kid was that you may not win them, but at least there was usually a cracking atmosphere. Zero atmosphere these days. Fans are now staying away from these games because of this plus the fact you are being charged more for it.
The Derry is where the atmosphere gets generated. In my opinion, the club should be making this the cheapest part of the ground to try and get it selling out every week. £15 adults, £5 for kids. Encourage fans to be more rowdy in there, instead of having a steward pounce on them at the first opportunity.
That, together with some wins on the pitch, will improve things around the club massively.