1) Top four is out of the question unless the defence issues can be addressed
Since the Promotion playoffs were implemented the average goals against has been 42 during the 36 games. Dunfermline currently sits on 16 after seven matches, which, if, the current trend continues it could be double the 42 needed.
Allan Johnston is in the unenviable situation of picking his best players for the defensive, because they are all on a similar level of ability, with differing pros and cons about their style of play.
It is about setting up a team to also defend all over the park, for example, the two in midfield sitting in front of the defense. Once that is sorted, the attack speaks for itself, and Athletic will be winning more than they lose from that point on.
2) Gavin Reilly and Nicky Clark are too similar to play with one another (at this level)
Numerous times, you saw Clark and Reilly buzzing around the pitch, and coming deep for the ball, which is great that they are not just stationary. However, both of them are effectively doing the same job up top, with one caveat: Clark is putting the ball in the back of the net at a higher rate than his former Queen of the South different. Having a different kind of centre forward that can operate solely between the sticks, and allow Nicky to roam about the pitch, and pop up in the box at the opportune moment.
3) Michael Paton needs a target man to get the best out of his game
Enter Farid El Alagui, the centre forward got off the mark and scored the winner through lax play former Par Kyle Hutton, and you can see the Frenchman is chomping at the bit to make up for last time due to his prior injury problems.
Kallum Higginbotham and Paton have the best delivery of the ball in the side, and that is just what the Pars are screaming out for is someone that can get on those crosses and dispatch with consummate ease, much like the way Clark did on Saturday evening.
4) John Herron is a good addition to the squad, but is not what Andy Geggan needs
Herron put in a very bright performance but was an afterthought when the Buddies dominated spells of the game. This makes me believe that his best position is as a number 10, rather than a number eight who has to do both sides of the game. However, he has shown signs of playing better than Rhys McCabe, so to continue with him in that role until Nat Wedderburn is fit, is something I can fully understand from Johnston.
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