Mid-term report

Last updated : 23 December 2008 By Fargone

At the 18 game halfway mark this season, time for a mid-term report.

A great recovery after a dire opening stretch of games (no win, infrequent draw in 12 games). The ship has been steadied, the captain not thrown overboard. We're facing a relegation battle second half but are in good shape to take this on. Well done Lichties for turning it around.

Some observations
Loan signings - Dorris has been outstanding, Forsyth was good, and Gates promising until last Saturdays tho only occasionally showed what he could do.

More solid defence - we've not lost heavily all season (the 0-3 capitulation to Ayr being the exception) and the recent run was probably build upon standing firm at the back. The settled pairing of Bishop and Raeside have done well with Rattray as a great alternative. Perhaps the presence Campbell has exerted in front of the back four has been at least as significant

Up front - Scott is a real asset. As well as a good goals per game ratio, he offer a real out for the ball of defence and eases pressure that way always causing problems for the other defence with strength and pace. Now that Weir is also hitting his game after directing his frantic style, these two could do us proud.

Discipline - we've cut down on the caution and foul count which has given us not only problems during games.

itness we're still missing the long-term injured - Smith, Watson, Fraser and Lunan - all midfield, which means we can't afford. Now Morrison is out for a bit

Threats: The loss to injury of either front players especially Scott gives us a headache

Opportunities: the return of Marc McCulloch gives us good attacking options down the left and good delivery of the ball. With Forsyth back to Dundee this is timely. Put some good results together and there may babe an outside chance of competing for a promotion play-off spot, but that is likely to be fantasy

Others: We seem to have tightened up at home of late after a dire run extending back over the past season. Let's build on that. A little more professionalism and care late into games would also help throwing unnecessary points away