Three Points,End Of.
From “Hail,Hail! The Fitba’s Back!!!” to “Three Points,End Of.” I think that should tell you how poor a game of football that was on Saturday. Enough to get football stopped,in fact.
There are just so many things wrong with Hamilton Accies even being in the same league as us. But they are there on merit-inasmuch as they won promotion a few years back and haven’t been relegated. What cannot be denied is that their stadium is a really poor advert for the game in Scotland,and that their playing surface is simply not good enough for this level. Or any level,come to that.
We have at least five games to play on this or similar surfaces this season. We best get used to it,I suggest. Even as we lobby behind the scenes to get them banned! Anyway,I digress…
The game,aye. We made two changes to the starting line-up from the huns match. Kris Ajer came in for Nir Bitton at centre-back-swapping one injured player for one who currently isn’t!-and Mohamed Elyounoussi made his debut for us,replacing the injured Michael Johnston on the left. As replacements go,not a bad one.
We started like a whirlwind,if I’m honest. And it was a cross from the new boy which James Forrest got onto the end of after only four minutes to give us the lead. Against a team which had lined up with ten men behind the ball,this is exactly what you need. It forces them to come out and try to score at least one so that they can get something out of the game. Which of course means that the viewing public might get the chance to see a decent game of football.
Hamilton hadn’t read the script though,and stuck to the ten men behind the ball. Dunno why I should have been surprised,of course. So they didn’t come out and try to score after they went a goal down? So what? They don’t have a bloody grass pitch either,or a stadium with four sides to it.
The Hamilton Triangle-The Land That Football Wishes It Could Forget!
Later on in the game,JF hit the bar from our only other shot on target in the entire match. We made a few substitutions,with Tom Rogic making his first appearance of the season at last. Hamilton had a shot on goal and another half-chance and that was all she wrote.
Three points,end of. And it is,we take that and move onto the more important matches to come over the next three weeks. Rennes (A), Kilmarnock (H), Thistle (H), Hibs (A) Cluj (H), Livingston (A)
After these six matches,I hope to have seen three of them in the flesh and three on the telly. That’s my personal goal. From the fan standpoint,I want four points or more in Europe. A place in The League Cup semi final. Nine points in the league. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for! If we achieve that,it will certainly give us an excellent chance in each of those competitions. The return of Tom Rogic and Kris Ajer increases our options in those areas,and the ease with which Mohamed fitted into the side certainly bodes well. It’s fairly easy to have a go at PL for not following up our interest after his displays against us four years ago,but let’s not forget that BR arrived in the summer-and he had his own plan for the left side of our attack. Scott Sinclair has been a great player for us as far as I’m concerned,so I’ll give PL a free pass on this one. I’ll be watching ME closely,which will make a change from my Mum and my sisters keeping their beady eye on me while I’m up here!!!
So that was Saturday for you. Three points. Oh-and no injuries that I’m aware of. It’s never nice to hear of any player picking up an injury,but I hear that the huns are currently checking the guarantee on Ryan Kent-and might even consider suing the SFA for accepting a past-the-deadline registration for him!
Yon Karma,what’s she like…
Above article by BMCUWP. 915 is the new 5am. I’m on holiday,so get used to it!