Mike's Moan: A Point's A Point
Updated Monday, 25th September 2006
We may not have played well at Tannidice, but a point's a point. Hopefully it will be the start of us being difficult to beat.
I have heard and read a lot of complaints about the performance on Saturday but the result was far more important and it was vital we did not get beaten. Every ‘Well fan would have preferred three points but no matter how bad Dundee United are, a point away from home is always a respectable result.
The new 3-5-2 formation has been a relative success and has stopped us leaking stupid goals. Jim Paterson has been a revelation at centre half, so much so that even if we do sign another centre half I would keep him in defence and move Mark Reynolds to left wing back. The midfield three looks good too, but lacks pace. I think Fitz still deserves a chance to play as an attacking midfielder as his pace could really add some zip to the team going forward.
If we keep this formation and don't get anymore injuries I think we will continue to pick up points. It is hard for the players to put in good performances when they under so much pressure, so all we can hope for is that they work hard and grind out results. If we keep it tight I think we have enough firepower to get a few goals, and hopefully the Skippy/Ritchie strike force will continue to work.
I cannot see our football being pretty, but who cares about pretty as all we want is results. Our recent record against Killie is diabolical and this has to change some time. They have had a reasonable start to the season but they are certainly no world beaters. It's about time something went right for the 'Well this season. So let's hope to wipe the self-righteous look off Jim Jeffries' face on Saturday and pick up our first home win of the season.
A win over Killie will also set us up nicely for the League Cup quarter final.
My team for Saturday (3-5-2):
Smith (don't rate Meldrum)
Craigan (looks better in a 3)
New Signing (we can hope)
Reynolds (speed will be real asset going forward)
Quinn (looks better further up the field)
Lasley (captain Las - our best player)
Kerr (looks better with Las beside him, needs to work harder)
Fitz (will add pace to the team)
Ritchie (more of a goal threat)
Skippy (lets hope we can keep him till the end of the season)