Scottish Premiership weekend review: Steven Naismith and Barry Robson under pressure

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A managerial casualty, a hint of life in the title race, two young bosses under renewed pressure and a six-goal thriller… it was just a standard weekend in the Scottish Premiership.

So how are the fans of the country’s top-flight clubs feeling this morning after the weekend that was?

We asked for your views and have picked the best of them from four of the weekend’s fixtures.

You didn’t hold back…

‘Eye-bleeding ‘hoofball” – heat turns up on Robson

The spotlight is on Aberdeen manager Barry Robson after a dismal loss at Kilmarnock

John McEwen: Every season promises so much then fails to deliver. This is Robson’s team and it has failed to live up to the hype. Connor Barron should start every game and not be left on the bench. Duk should be left out for a while and if we are still in this position at Christmas, we should be looking for a new manager.

Anonymous: Enough is enough! Eye-bleeding ‘hoofball’, stubbornly persisting with a system that clearly isn’t working, no plan B, and same tired excuses. We’re regressing at an alarming rate. Robson’s win percentage is 24% in all competitions since being appointed permanently. Wanted him to succeed, but have seen more than enough to know this won’t happen. Time to go!

Gordon: Same old feckless rubbish. This European participation is ruining our season completely. The domestic results are what matters the most; play a second string on Thursday night and we’ll probably win on the Sunday. Too late to salvage it now though.

John McCallum: Abysmal but so predictable. Chairman knows he has made wrong decision with manager… again!! Time to get Adams or Lambert and sell the club! Cormack out!

The defeat came at the hands of an ex-Dons boss who is pleasing Kilmarnock fans

Ian Kerr: Another excellent performance, dominated the majority of the game. Could easily have been four or five. The team now looks so well structured; the defence has been excellent in the last two games. Credit to Derek McInnes when it is due.

‘Defence has more ‘leaks’ than a Welsh farmer’

Steven Naismith’s honeymoon period at Hearts is long gone after this late reverse against Rangers

Anonymous: Naismith needs to go, we are dreadful, goals dried up and defence has more ‘leaks’ than a Welsh farmer. The players are not all at fault – it is style, tactics and selected roles/positions… that is all down to the management and coaches. We scored nearly double the goals in the past two seasons at this stage. A top six will be lost before Christmas.

Ian Caldwell: No pace, no passion, no penetration. Bottom six, or worse, looms. I like Naismith, but we’re playing no better than we did under Neilson. If anything – worse. Same excuses trotted out. Get it sorted or go. By the way we are either unfit [beaten to every ball] or incompetent. Midfield enforcer needed and pacey winger who knows when to pass the ball.

Jim: Naismith was a good player for us, but he’s not managerial material. Every week, the same old excuses – “sloppy passing, sloppy defence – we don’t start fast enough”. Well, you are the manager, sort it out. If you look as miserable at training as you do on the touchline then it’s no surprise the team don’t respect you.

Meanwhile Rangers fans remain unconvinced by their summer business despite another win…

Davie L: Rebuild required. Beale’s signings were worse than awful, his P45 was well deserved and overdue. Bin Dessers, Lammers and Cifuentes in January and blood the young guys.

Robert Wardlaw: Absolutely dreadful – they got away with one big time. They need a massive clearout. From the starting 11 today only Butland and Sima are worthy of a place and of the subs only Danilo. Cantwell and Raskin flatter to deceive. They could have bought Shankland for buttons years ago and he was the best player on the park today. Recruitment shocking!

‘Something special about St Mirren’

St Mirren are buoyant after a convincing 4-0 win against St Johnstone…

Willie: My only fear for this season is that the manager will be tempted by a so-called big club, although he deserves all the plaudits that are coming his way.

Marc: Dismal first half that didn’t really deserve a goal but what a goal it was from Baccus. Second half we turned the screw against a lethargic St Johnstone side. Olusanya came on and made a difference and glad for Kiltie who had been 8/10 at least every week. COYS.

Anon: There’s something special about this St Mirren side, maybe not enough for a Leicester but I think there’s definitely scope to look at third or second, depending how they can cope with injuries etc.

Stu: Another great performance by St Mirren. Slow to start, and until we scored I thought it was competitive. Scoring early in the second half knocked the stuffing out of Perth Saints. Keep it going the Paisley Saints. Brilliant.

Andy: Punching above our weight just now. A team full of confidence and belief. Both attributes are hard to get and easy to lose. Europe next season would be awesome in concept, perhaps less awesome in reality. Still, it’s been a wonderful season so far for us Paisley faithful.

William: Another impressive performance from Saints and the concern must be the poachers circling our management team as well as the players before long. We have the makings of long-term success and the hope has to be the success will entice all to stay with the club.

…meanwhile, this turned out to be the end for Steven MacLean at St Johnstone

Anonymous: “Just reality kicking in! They have been scraping by over the past years in the relegation fight and outwith the two-cup year, have just run out of steam given the limited fan base and finance available. The old guard managed to just keep them in the fight and I feel losing too many of them has cored out the ‘fight’ to survive.

‘Big call’ from Dundee manager pays off

Dundee boss Tony Docherty masterminded a 2-0 win on the road against Livingston…

Doug: It was swings and roundabouts as regards VAR decisions for Dundee this week; the disallowed goal against Livingston was a very harsh decision, but exactly the same can be said of Ross County’s disallowed goal against Dundee on Tuesday night.

Kevin: Big call from the manager at half time to change to two up top made all the difference, we were a different team altogether.

Rod: Some of my fellow Dundee fans can be fickle but hopefully even they can see the stability in this team. This is no yo-yo side and a top-six finish is possible with no fear of relegation. Doc knows what he is doing and we have lost the least games outside of Celtic and St Mirren. We could do with one of the strikers going on a run though (fickle).

Rob: Following the live results from over in the Philippines, what a great result. My birthday is on 1 November, bring on the Gers!

Bob: Going in the right direction. If we had a goal scorer a couple of these draws would have been wins. Against Ross County we had three of our creative players out with injury. When a team arrive and have six across the back and three or four in front it’s going to be difficult. Still did enough and should still have won.

However, Ross County fans were less convinced about their team changes in the 3-3 draw at Motherwell…

Chapman: Why make changes when you’re winning and creating chances?

Stevie: To change the front two, who had both scored, as well as Allardice, who was having a very good game, straight after scoring the second goal was questionable to say the least. Game was far from over and in total we ended up playing another 25 minutes. Should have at least waited 5mins to see how Motherwell reacted. It changed the balance of the team, was needless.

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