Well, all in all, that was pathetic. We continued our form from pre-season and Bet Fred Cup games but against a strong, organised and competent team we looked embarrassingly short right across the park and from front to back. I genuinely didn't think anyone got anywhere near pass marks. Where did Hunt come from all of a sudden? To be honest, I wish him and a few others would go back there after that capitulation.
Our defence was posted missing so many times it looked like we hadn't practised our shape or who was responsible for what. Our incompetence knew no bounds and had to be seen to be believed. The number of long cross field passes we didn't get anywhere near was incredible with the 3rd goal a microcosm of our entire inability to defend - a quick break forward from them, a long ball from right to left that McKinnon couldn't cope with and was easily left for dead near the bye-line before pushing the boy over and giving away a free kick, from which they had a free header to put us right out the game, if we weren't already.
I have been a supporter of BR and thought he was the right appointment, but to be honest he is losing my faith by apparently wilfully ignoring the most obvious deficiencies in our team, that being a piss poor defence. If us fans can see it, and we have been moaning about it since the first pre-season friendly, why those responsible for putting the team on the park cannot, or will not, I just have no idea.
As I said, individually and collectively we were a failure and I have to point the finger at the manager who has seemingly abandoned his attacking principles (no men up when defending corners was particularly Canningesque) and if he doesn't have those, then I'm beginning to wonder what he is bringing to the party. A big improvement is required before we play again or we can look forward to a depressing season
As for what McKinnon did or didn't do after the game, it is a matter of little interest to me as he has been so far away from even being average today and indeed this season so far, that every fan who travelled was more invested in the team than he currently seems capable of being. He can laugh at fans if he wants (if he did indeed do so - I had given up by then) but if he is capable of looking in the mirror, then he will see a continually underachieving midfielder who is currently lucky to be representing any club, at any level, let alone us.
As for £25 to watch that pish, even a fiver would have been too much. On top of whatever travel and subsistence costs everyone had, that entry cost represents really poor value and Scottish football is going to kill itself by pricing fans out of the game. Value for money it certainly isn't.
Utterly dispiriting day. Thanks Brian.
On the outskirts of nowhere, on the ring road to somewhere, on the verge of indecision, I'll always take the roundabout way.