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Old Firm concern despite victories – fan views

Written by on April 29, 2024

Hibs fans critical of their head coach have not been appeased by the 3-1 win away to St Johnstone.

Sandy: Great result but no doubt there’s going to be the usual moans – “should have been seven, should have kept a clean sheet”. Leave the coaching to Nick Montgomery, that was a good enough scoreline and the football was worth the watch or listen. The team did well.

Kenny: A much better performance from the team, but really too little, too late. The season’s been one to forget. Nick Montgomery’s tactics have been poor and I keep thinking the job’s too big for him. Playing out from the back has been his downfall, but he won’t admit it. He is not direct enough and his body language doesn’t inspire confidence. He needs to go.

Marcus: I’ve been as disappointed as any Hibee this season, but I’ve decided to lay off hating on the manager and give him my backing instead. Travelling up on Saturday, I had a good feeling and I’m glad I was proved right against an admittedly poor Saints side. It could have been double figures with a bit more composure! Onwards and upwards, let’s finish well.

Anon: Typical Hibs – win when it doesn’t matter.

George: One down, four to go. Too early to conclude anything, except that St Johnstone are dire. Still, we managed to concede one and, on a couple of occasions, nearly threw away two more. On positive side, we made a bucket-load of chances but failed to take most. Monty’s right: it should’ve been eight.

David: Nick Montgomery had 29 league games to achieve top-six finish, so winning against a side in 10th in a dead rubber doesn’t change my mind. Funny how leaving out duds like Nectarios Triantis and Jair Tavares works. All a bit late. However, results and performances like Saturday in the remaining four matches will see him around next term I suspect.

Cam: A performance that is too little, too late. We actually played really well going forward and should have scored more, but this should have been the kind of grit and determination shown throughout the whole season, not in the bottom six. Hopefully the players learn from that.

Darren: It’ll all boil down to what quality comes in next season and if they don’t hit the ground running then the fans will be shouting for Monty’s head real quick! It’s this reason that makes me think that bringing in a new manager now is probably for the best. Were an unforgiving bunch at Easter Road.

Aberdeen fans had mixed feelings about their 1-0 win over Motherwell, who had been reduced to 10 men before the winner.

Niall: Precious three points, but the Dons should have made it much more comfortable. The lack of clinical finishing is a concern that has plagued us for months. Junior Hoilett was the standout player and Leighton Clarkson worked hard in midfield. Another clean sheet gives Peter Leven real credit for steadying the rearguard. Same again next week with more goals please.

Fred: We only came to life after the sending off. We just seem unable to press for the whole game and, in all honesty, the team was flat for 60 minutes. Great to win, but we need new players with energy and fight. Junior Holiett showed great quality. We need more like him, a seasoned professional.

Andrew: Still work to do before next season, but this makes us safe in all likelihood. The last 10 minutes were chaotic, which worries fans and management. We do not caress the ball in possession or defend effectively. A manager with tactical insight and real man-management skills is urgently needed. Again, Esker Sokler’s chance was fluffed, emphatically.

Andrew: “Cometh the hour, cometh the man.” Step forward Peter Leven, who has single-handedly restored confidence in both the players and the Aberdeen fans. No small feat this season. Jimmy Thelin 100% needs Leven’s coaching skills and player management next season. Makes you wonder where we would be if Neil Warnock had never darkened our door. He cost us top six.

Duncan: Back to the league and, as expected, we dropped our standards like we did after the European games. However, the clearly knackered team dug deep and deserved the win. We actually played some good football at times. Points in the bag, job done, move on.

Anon: I think we are safe now. Peter Leven has done an amazing job to steady the ship.

Kieran: Very important and good result. Keeps us out of reach of the play-off place while hopefully giving confidence to the squad. Maybe Junior Hoilett is worth a one-year contract.

Jonny: I’m a Don but thought the red card was harsh. Really unfortunate for Jack Vale, who was tracking the ball from the other direction. Nasty one, but no malice.

Eric: Three points and a clean sheet, all you can ask for. The 4-2-3-1 system seems to work for the players and some, for the first time in a long time, seemed to be enjoying it. Four more games, four more good results hopefully. Would now like to see some extended contracts being sorted out before it’s too late.

Motherwell supporters seem a bit disillusioned.

George: Disappointed we didn’t go for a more attacking line-up. Jack Vale was too deep, Blair Spittal is no longer interested in working really hard, Georgie Gent was asked to do too much. Too tame and lacking in real intent. Wish this season was over.

Grant: Yet again, another dreadful decision by the ref that wasn’t overturned by VAR. That’s a couple of times against Aberdeen that we have been cheated and lost points. It’s as if they are the bigger team so they are getting the decisions rather than what’s right.

Anon: Rubbish, just rubbish.

St Johnstone fans are even more downbeat about their chances of avoiding relegation.

Ally: Probably the poorest performance I’ve seen from Saints. Watching the players’ efforts and reactions to going two goals down was very disappointing. Too many negative players, a pure reflection of our management team. The chairman needs to remove Craig Levein and Andy Kirk immediately and put Alex Cleland in charge until the end of the season.

Jason: Gutless, leaderless and going to end up going down. Ryan McGowan said they needed the fans – we needed a team to show so fight and passion, but we got neither. Craig Levein says it was a good week in training, but they can’t even pass 10 yards – disgraceful.

Anon: Too many backward passes when a forward one may create a chance/mistake. Need to get rid of the negative mindset, so thanks Craig Levein, but yer number’s up. I thought he was the answer, but I was wrong. Said it here before, play-offs are us.

Jackie: Apart from Dimitar Mitov, I don’t rate any player in this team that will save us from relegation. We just don’t play as a team. Craig Levein hasn’t done anything to help us since he took over as manager. Four games now to save our season. Can’t see it happening.

Gordon: I actually cannot bring myself to even listen to Craig Levein any more. The only thing I can reasonably think is that dismissing Levein and Kirk might save us. If they remain in charge, we will sleepwalk our way to relegation. They have been proved over and over and over again of being unable to even do the basic thing of motivating the players. The baw is bust.

Anon: I thought Craig Levein was a safe option to keep us up. 1-0 up at Dens Park in January, we were actually sixth in the league. Too many players playing the season out as they are out of contract. We are going down via play-off. Form says we deserve to be relegated.

More blues for Ross County fans as defeat by Livingston means the Dingwall side are only nine points clear of the bottom-placed hosts with four games left.

David: This was an opportunity missed. We were second to the ball, timid in approach most of the time and lacking in confidence. While we might blame the pitch and referee for not giving us a break, the fact is that Livingston wanted it more. They were aggressive from the start, pressuring County in possession and not backing down.

Alistair: I am not confident this County team are able to secure the relegation play-off place. Even if they can hold Livingston off, they will struggle against any of the Championship teams currently in the running to meet them. If that is the case, I hope Inverness Caledonian Thistle will still be there waiting for us and we get to resume the much-missed Highland derby.

Livingston still only have an outside chance of avoiding bottom spot, but Saturday’s win lifted the mood.

Del: Great performance.

Jennifer: Best display this season, everyone contributed, everyone was solid. We actually came out the stadium feeling proud of them.

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