Should Certain Players Be Rested On Saturday?

Zab

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Strongest team always.
Builds form, confidence etc.

Resting a player here and there isn't gonna harm us, but this is the business end of the season and I say we go for it, every week!

I agree. Resting players is counterproductive, especially when there’s a week in between games. Players can so easily lose rhythm, momentum and form by missing a game.

I would start Hallberg over Gogic on Saturday, he needs to get game time and form an understanding with Irvine and Newell ahead of the semi final.

What I am in favour of is utilising the bench a bit more for the last 25/30 minutes. Get some minutes into guys like Cadden, Magennis, McGregor, Stevenson and possibly even Gray.
 

Hammi

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I agree. Resting players is counterproductive, especially when there’s a week in between games. Players can so easily lose rhythm, momentum and form by missing a game.

I would start Hallberg over Gogic on Saturday, he needs to get game time and form an understanding with Irvine and Newell ahead of the semi final.

What I am in favour of is utilising the bench a bit more for the last 25/30 minutes. Get some minutes into guys like Cadden, Magennis, McGregor, Stevenson and possibly even Gray.

I agree with all of that, using the bench has been a weak point under Jack so far, but you can tell what players aren't going to be involved going forward. I wouldn't be surprised if Hallberg didn't get the nod for the semi.
I think we're just as likely to play with the back 5 and lose the midfield man, everything else is the same.

Newell and Irvine play a bit deeper and we rely on the front 3 to get the job done.. with preferably Cadden and Doig either side overlapping. That would probably mean McGinn playing right centre back, I'd prefer Daz to play between Hanlon and Porteous though.
 
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stickyRicky

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I agree. Resting players is counterproductive, especially when there’s a week in between games. Players can so easily lose rhythm, momentum and form by missing a game.

I would start Hallberg over Gogic on Saturday, he needs to get game time and form an understanding with Irvine and Newell ahead of the semi final.

What I am in favour of is utilising the bench a bit more for the last 25/30 minutes. Get some minutes into guys like Cadden, Magennis, McGregor, Stevenson and possibly even Gray.

This for me tae.
 

SlovSam

Legendary Radge
3rd place is still important in the respect of prestige and meeting this seasons objectives but it is now no longer about money as its only £250,000 more than 4th place compared to the riches of European football where £3million to £4million could have been expected.

There is also momentum to consider so for that reason I would be playing a reasonably strong team though getting Boyle off the pitch after an hour no matter the score as well as giving Hallberg some decent game time if he is going to be the replacement for Gogic.🤔.

The position that is most up for grabs is the goalkeeping position. 🤔

This daft rotation policy means that Rocky plays on Saturday before Macey presumably returns for the semi final.😡

If the route to the semi final is indeed to play the second choice less experienced keeper then play him v St Johnstone as well as Macey needs more game time and to build an understanding with the defenders.

It all just feels so unnecessary as Rocky is a better keeper than Macey😡
 

Greenmachine

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Originally, I think the whole idea behind this rotation thing with Marciano and Macey was because I think Ross wanted to assess Matt Macey properly in the first team as I suspect he wants him to be first choice keeper for next season. I read somewhere that an offer had been made to him to extend his stay, and I think the general idea was just to get him used to playing in the first team as there are no reserve games.

I think the situation has changed now, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Rocky in goals for the semi and (hopefully) the final if we get there. He is still our best goalkeeper and even though he is leaving this summer, I would also opt for the best players available for these games. Ross might think differently of course and that is a big part of his job to make these type of decisions.
 
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If Wright gets used in his wing back place its game over.
Boyle has and probably would play there if we needed to.

Empirical evidence would suggest otherwise but I think that if this happens, Wright will grab the opportunity with both hands particularly if he is au fait with feelings about his ability on here and other fan websites.

BIG G
 

Smurf

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Empirical evidence would suggest otherwise but I think that if this happens, Wright will grab the opportunity with both hands particularly if he is au fait with feelings about his ability on here and other fan websites.

BIG G

Tommy Wright is no mug and he was raving about Drey Wright in the summer. He's not shown it yet at ER for whatever reason but I'm not believing he's as bad as he's been....
 

Hammi

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Empirical evidence would suggest otherwise but I think that if this happens, Wright will grab the opportunity with both hands particularly if he is au fait with feelings about his ability on here and other fan websites.

BIG G

Not often I write players off, but if we're talking about him replacing Cadden as a right wing back, then it's not going to work out I feel.

Tommy Wright is no mug and he was raving about Drey Wright in the summer. He's not shown it yet at ER for whatever reason but I'm not believing he's as bad as he's been....

Wotherspoon kept him out the team though and at 25 moving to a bigger club you need to do more than he has.
I dont doubt there's probably a player there, but his big injury at saints has maybe lessened what he's capable of.

If we're to keep getting better, he's gonna fall behind the rest.
A bit like the lad Carmichael we signed, probably has something, but im not seeing it come out here.

I'm all for anyone proving me wrong, he's here and gets the support when he plays.
 

HibsSM1979

Just A Radge
I know there is always a risk of injuries but despite that, we need to try and get momentum going into the Scottish cup semi final. I do agree that the Scottish cup is the priority but while third place is still to play for, we can’t afford to let the foot off the gas. Also think that a win tomorrow, if we can pull it off, will give us huge confidence ahead of the semi final
 
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