Mike's Moan: Let's Hope Lady Luck Stays With Us

Last updated : 29 November 2006 By Firparkcorner

The Falkirk game was strange in many ways. We played quite well in patches, but still looked very shaky at the back. We were dominating the first half, missing chances as usual, when Falkirk ran up the field and scored a break-away goal. It was a shocking goal to lose, as Quinn should never have allowed Stokes to run into the box and Meldrum shouldn't have been beaten from the narrow angle. I know I sound like a broken record but the number of goals Melly is costing us is adding up, so we need to put Smith back in goals especially as I am hearing rumours that he is beginning to become unsettled.

The way we fought back from being a goal down was encouraging, although it could have been a different story had we not been awarded the penalty in first half injury time. The second penalty was again somewhat fortuitous and I'm not sure whether to give Las the benefit of the doubt or just admit he dived - either way I would take it every time.

Foran took both penalties coolly, although that was all he did in the entire match. As soon as I saw Ritchie stroll out at the beginning of the match I knew he was going to have an off day, but we'll forgive him if he scores twice each time. (I'm hoping it wasn't a hang-over)

Skippy then scored the marvellous 5000th goal in the SPL, a goal that will live long in the memory (at least for me). Surely a ‘Well fan must have won the goal competition - any ideas who??? (Lucky so and so – Ed)

But the goal was more important for the team as it was vital that we beat Falkirk and picked up the three points. We are not far behind other teams now and if results go for us by the end of the weekend we could find ourselves up to the lofty position of eighth in the table. (granted Falkirk will need to be hammered at Ibrox)

Another major positive on Saturday was Callum Elliot, as the young Jambo striker actually did something for us. That is the first time I have seen him attack a ball since he came to Fir Park and I have to admit it was a great header. He scored again for the reserves in the midweek humping of Aberdeen, so although I'm backtracking on my previous statements about the young Gorgie starlet, I'm thinking he has to start against Inverness. Clarkson is totally useless in front of goal, with the miss in the first minute on Saturday a perfect example, so we simply cant afford to play him as we have to take our chances.

It was also great to see the Kaiser back from injury, its great to see one our best players returning to fitness and I think we all can agree that is first touch was certainly Beckenbauer-esk.

Predictions for Saturday's games:

Celtic 3 Aberdeen 1

Hibs 2 Dundee Utd 1

Inverness 0 Motherwell 1 (Elliot!!!)

Kilmarnock 2 Dunfermline 0

St Mirren 1 Hearts 2

Rangers 5 Falkirk 0

By my reckoning that puts us eighth on goals scored!!!

Team for ICT game: