Saltire Thistle - 30 August 2014 (Away)
The cliche 'game of two halves' is used all too often, but it's about the fairest description you can give to our season opener up in Glasgow.
You'll forgive me if I don't dwell on the first half too much - it was utterly abject. We didn't look at the races at all and it was pretty inevitable when Saltire opened the scoring - and frustratingly simple it was too.
Let's try looking at the positives: Jonny B spent much of the half plucking crosses out of the air and showed great handling, while James C fizzed a freekick towards the bottom corner, only to see the keeper smuggle it away for a corner. It was from a corner that Liam saw his bullet header again saved by the goalie, but he was finally beaten by James C's penalty late in the first half.
Half time saw multiple personnel changes and a switch in formation - and it had a profound effect. We were virtually unrecognisable from the first half and created plenty more chances for debutant John up front, ultimately benefiting when a ball up to him from Carl N was diverted past the Saltire keeper by one of his defenders.
Plenty of other chances were made as the half progressed, but it was the home team who scored the only other goal of the contest with a late driven effort.
While there were undoubtedly negatives associated with the match, it's important to stick to the positives – in 2013/14, it took until the second half of the season before we started performing; this time, it's only taken us until the second half of the first match - that's progress.
Credit to Jim H for today's match report.