There was a few positives on Saturday which gives me a little optimism going forward. McMann and Ogkmboe looked more like the important players they were last season and should have been this season. Odoffin did very well breaking up the play in the Gogic role although when your RB playing in a midfield for possibly the first time gives the best midfield performance of the season so far then it tells you all about the problems we have in the centre of the park. I also thought the players knew what their roles were and looked organised and coached for the first time in months. Rice mentioned that they had worked hard in training on that shape for the last 9 days and it actually showed although it does beg the question why its taken to the end of November.
Despite the improvements there is still evident issues and the team that played against Dundee Utd will not make enough chances and score enough goals to avoid relegation. A back 4 of Hodson, Martin, Easton and McMann is vastly experienced and shouldn't require the extra insurance of a 3rd CB in Stirling. Now that Easton and Martin have a few weeks "pre-season" under their belt it's time to trust in them and play a back 4. I'd like to see Minmaugh starting too as a team that makes as few chances as Accies do can't afford not to have a good set-piece taker. Lastly, Nathan Thomas seems to be a player who has scored goals for most of his career and although he isn't match fit he won't get match fit sitting on the bench.
With their midfield engine room missing and off the back of a battering at Ibrox this is a decent time to play Aberdeen - a point would do and provide a platform for 6 home games out of the next 8 and 2 winnable away games at Ross County and St Johnstone.