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  1. Cobra

    January Window

    I'll be sick if he ends up at Hearts after playing a game in dark blue. I really thought we were about to finally replace Stewart.
  2. Might just drop that game then. Real don't lose many at home.
  3. Cobra

    Motherwell

    If the question of why Todd isn't playing is obvious (such as him being repeatedly late for training) that's maybe fair enough but if it's not obvious then it's really poor management to leave the guy wondering what the hell he has done to not be given a proper chance.
  4. Cobra

    Motherwell

    We had a really low crowd when we knocked out Aberdeen so I don't think it will be a problem. I'm sure the Dees who make it will give the team plenty encouragement, especially if we come roaring out the traps and unsettle the current third best team in Scotland. We're expected to lose. Motherwell are a scalp for us this weekend. Hopefully that suits us and we rise to the challenge.
  5. Cobra

    Motherwell

    In the last three seasons Dundee were out of sorts in January when facing a Championship team in the Scottish Cup after three weeks without football. I wonder if Motherwell will be caught cold this weekend. If they are sluggish we really need to capitalise.
  6. Cobra

    January Window

    FFS. He's flown over to Scotland to play in a game for us and suddenly Hearts are on the phone to Trabzon. Be good if we could get the deal over the line before rumours make their way down to Edinburgh.
  7. Cobra

    Motherwell

    You might well be right but it feels as though we have a culture of managers wanting to bin players they didn't sign themselves. Hartley damaged our prospects by not fighting to hang on to Jim Mac, McCann desperately tried to offload Hartley's captain O'Dea on deadline day and left us short at left-back by refusing to extend Holt's deal. Then of course there was McIntyre being bafflingly keen to get rid of Kamara. It's possible that McPake is doing things right but I think the board needs to stop giving managers free rein to have clearouts because it's not working for us.
  8. Cobra

    Lest We Forget Lapel Badge

    What's our oldest lapel badge? This QP one is from 1950 according to the BBC so I imagine we had at least one just after the War.
  9. Cobra

    Lest We Forget Lapel Badge

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war thread!
  10. Cobra

    Motherwell

    With Todd's imminent departure, McPake will be close to making the dressing room his own within a matter of months of taking the job, which is great news for those who want things to be uneventful at Dens with no broken doors and black eyes but it doesn't seem to actually bring us results. Hamilton (McCann) Meekings (McCann) McGhee (McPake) Marshall (McPake) Mackie (McPake) Dorrans (McPake) McGowan (Hartley) Todd (McIntyre) Forster (McPake) Byrne (McPake) Ness (McPake) McDaid (McPake) Nelson (McIntyre) Hemmings (McPake) Johnson (McPake) I think Jim McLean and Fergie excelled thanks to conflict rather chumminess so maybe it's time we accepted a more combustible dressing room with different characters.
  11. Cobra

    Motherwell

    I think it's a good point. 66% of our first-team squad (excluding homegrown players) were signed by the manager appointed six months ago. Of the others Todd is apparently a problem and Nelson is stuck on the bench. Hamilton and Meekings are probably only here because we couldn't tear up their contracts. Hartley wanted his guys, McCann wanted his guys, McIntyre wanted his guys and now McPake demands his guys. In Europe you work with the what you've got but here players get paid off or loaned out the minute the new manager decides your face doesn't fit. McGowan is probably grateful for what the club have done for him so keeps his mouth shut and does what he's told, and that's why he's the one guy who sticks around.
  12. Cobra

    Motherwell

    McPake says this in today's paper: "Maybe he has been saying that he has not been getting the game time but he needs to ask himself why that’s the case." What is the manager telling us there? Poor attitude? Ignoring the manager's instruction? Whatever it is, McPake is telling us that he doesn't deserve to be playing.
  13. Cobra

    January Window

    It was a truly horrendous appointment. Our relegation was sealed during that disastrous international break. I always remember McIntyre rubbishing the squad when he first came in and saying how it would be a desperate slog to reach January when he could bring in his own players (or words to that effect). Contrast that to Klopp who took over a struggling Liverpool side and said he wasn't interested in signing anyone, he just wanted to work with the impressive squad he inherited. It was a lie but it was the right thing to say about a demoralised and under-performing group of lads. It's madness to take on a firefighting job three months before a transfer window, and effectively say you've been left with nothing to work with.
  14. Cobra

    January Window

    That sounds right. After putting their bodies on the line in the previous game against Killie in a desperate attempt to save McCann's job, our players didn't bother to challenge for balls into the box against Livi and as a result we got humped. A similar lack of effort was shown in the next two games against Hearts and Celtic and we could have conceded double figures in those two horror shows.
  15. Cobra

    Motherwell

    Excluding games against Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibs, Motherwell's record against the rest from September until the end of December was played 9 and won 9. Then came the shock home defeat to Accies followed by a lengthy break. Hopefully it turns out to be the perfect time to be playing them.
  16. Hopefully we'll see a Dundee player on the scoresheet this weekend. Will do another accumulator. Let me know if you think I should change any. The payout is around £1,250 as it stands. Aberdeen v Dumbarton Alloa v Inverness Ayr v Ross County Dundee v Motherwell Hearts v Airdrie Killie v Queen's Park Livi v Raith St Mirren v Broxburn Lazio v Sampdoria Leipzig v Union Berlin Real Madrid v Sevilla
  17. Cobra

    January Window

    The 0-0 game was memorable for me because O'Dea almost single-handedly ensured we won a point with a towering performance at the back. I don't remember Byrne's involvement in the 4-0 game. All I remember is our players downing tools to make it clear how they felt about the board replacing McCann with McIntyre.
  18. Cobra

    January Window

    If I think back to the 0-0 game v Livi I remember being amazed that a top flight team could show zero intention to play football. They just bypassed the midfield and humped balls into the box hoping that we'd eventually make a mistake. Byrne would not have been under any great scrutiny playing in midfield for such a horrible team. Their tiny fanbase will be delighted to be over-achieving so I can see how a move from Livi to Dundee would mean more questions being asked of you as a player.
  19. Cobra

    January Window

    I see the Kosovan is a rotation option at Turkish giants Trabzonspor. I know clips can be deceiving but he looks like to can run at teams like Greg Stewart. Would be a hell of an ambitious target if the rumour is true.
  20. Cobra

    Some Winger V Dees!

    That was the kind of dribbling I'd practice every day as a kid. You don't really see it any more. I wonder if kids even do that in the playground these days.
  21. Cobra

    January Window

    I know the name because he was a wonderkid destined for greatness on Football Manager for a few years. I'm guessing he turned out to be more Nadi than Mbappe.
  22. Cobra

    Surprise Surprise

    I doubt the police were involved. If they were they'd probably have asked the guy filming what seat he was in. Iran should have put Dundee United in charge of their plane crash inquiry. "We heard there was a plane crash but after a thorough investigation we can find no trace of a plane".
  23. Cobra

    January Window

    If Callachan is incoming he deserves every chance to impress. He's an experienced Premiership player. He doesn't need to be a world-beater to solve one of the problems in our team. Nade, Lyle and Spence were all trashed before they'd pulled on the jersey and they did a job for us.
  24. I took my American girlfriend at the time to her first football match at WHL. It was an FA Cup match between Spurs and Man City. Spurs raced into a 3-0 lead. City's one class player Anelka got injured after half an hour and then Barton was sent off on the stroke of half-time. I said at the break that Spurs are the Dundee of England. They will find a way to stress their fans out even in this situation. I didn't think that 10-man City might score 4 unanswered goals though but that's what happened. It was almost comical the way City scored an injury-time winner and there was just a quite acceptance among the home fans as they shuffled out the doors. Nobody was surprised. Another time I saw Spurs take a 3-0 half-time lead at home to Man City and still lose 5-3. Thankfully they've not been such bottlers in recent years. One highlight watching Spurs was when they trounced Arsenal in the League Cup the year they won it. I got a phone call about 5pm from the Evening Standard at work saying I'd won a prize with for two tickets to the game. Very lucky as entering competitions is generally not something I would bother with.
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