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rodney trotter

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Re: The OFFICIAL FAI Thread.....Roll on France 2016
« Reply #5655 on: September 03, 2017, 01:11:20 PM »
What football were ye expecting? Anyone who saw Georgia in Dublin would know they look a better footballing team then Ireland despite their ranking. They drew with Wales in Cardiff. Ireland struggled against them home and away,in the last qualifiers for the Euros also.

Ireland don't have the players to blitz teams. At least Wales have a match winner in Bale. Woodburn who scored last night at Liverpool looks another talent. Ireland have no players at big clubs.


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« Reply #5656 on: September 03, 2017, 07:01:51 PM »
Ironically the North of Ireland under Michael O'Neill,playing a superior brand of football,and in a group equally as tough as Ireland's,will secure runners up spot,with two games to spare,with a draw at home to Czech Republic tomorrow night.

Is the wrong M O'Neill in charge in Dublin?

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« Reply #5657 on: September 03, 2017, 07:18:46 PM »
The North have obviously the best top seed however the other teams in with them are poor.  The Czech and Norwegian teams of old were excellent but this current crop are not.  Ireland meanwhile got a good top seed in Wales but I think Serbia were 4th seeds or something and how the Georgians are bottom seeds I'll never know. 
I agree that they do play a good brand of football but their group is easier than Ireland's

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« Reply #5658 on: September 03, 2017, 08:06:08 PM »
The Georgians were badly seeded because they're a shite football team from a backwards country. We don't have the excuses they have for being so poor.

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« Reply #5659 on: September 03, 2017, 08:10:59 PM »
I think the North are a better team.Evans and Davis are a better calibre of player than anything the FAI side has,they manage games very well,concede very few goals,and unbelievably are on course for a record fifth consecutive win in competitive games.I think the overall strength of their group is at least on a par with the FAI's.

In short if the North were to meet the south in a play off,currently I would favour the North,and it's all down to the management.

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« Reply #5660 on: September 04, 2017, 10:32:54 AM »
I think the North are a better team.Evans and Davis are a better calibre of player than anything the FAI side has,they manage games very well,concede very few goals,and unbelievably are on course for a record fifth consecutive win in competitive games.I think the overall strength of their group is at least on a par with the FAI's.

In short if the North were to meet the south in a play off,currently I would favour the North,and it's all down to the management.

I agree with this.  The north remind me of the south under Charlton, able to make the most of their resources and the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, or whatever that phrase is.  International football is generally shite and that's probably why a team as poor as Ireland are ranked 29th.  Low quality players and I include Cristiano Hoolahan in that and a manager who probably thinks 0-0 at home against Antarctica is a good result.
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« Reply #5661 on: September 04, 2017, 10:34:34 AM »
A fair few lads were touting Martin O'Neill as a Liverpool Manager back when Rodgers got the job. I could never understand that.

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« Reply #5662 on: September 04, 2017, 10:39:46 AM »
Ironically the North of Ireland under Michael O'Neill,playing a superior brand of football,and in a group equally as tough as Ireland's,will secure runners up spot,with two games to spare,with a draw at home to Czech Republic tomorrow night.

Is the wrong M O'Neill in charge in Dublin?

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« Reply #5663 on: September 04, 2017, 10:41:02 AM »
A fair few lads were touting Martin O'Neill as a Liverpool Manager back when Rodgers got the job. I could never understand that.
Yeah could never understand it myself.
I'd love to see Mick McCarthy back as Ireland manger.

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« Reply #5664 on: September 04, 2017, 10:43:44 AM »
A fair few lads were touting Martin O'Neill as a Liverpool Manager back when Rodgers got the job. I could never understand that.
Yeah could never understand it myself.
I'd love to see Mick McCarthy back as Ireland manger.

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« Reply #5665 on: September 04, 2017, 06:41:43 PM »
Davis and Evans yeah, but who else would make the ROI team. The rest of the team are not as strong as ROI and yet they are playing better stuff.
I dont expect  ireland to play nice football but decent stuff isnt beyond tbe realms pf possibility. I watched Burnley v Chelsea and Spurs with a large helping of Irish lads. Despite the massive gulf in class they actually passed the ball at times.
Even if you go back to front quickly like Burnley the ball should resemble a pass and not a panicked lash it away.
Harry Arter may not pick a killer pass but he gas good passing skills and he stands up v well for his club. Then he gets slated for Ireland who kick it into the clouds.
Hoolohan woukd gave nade no difference if the ball from deep was like that either. It gas to something they are told to do.
The players are not great but they are not shite. I am not asking for FIFA 2017 stuff but just sonething that doesnt have lads terrorized by a pass.

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« Reply #5666 on: September 04, 2017, 08:29:08 PM »
Northern Ireland at it again most of the individuals are muck but look at them play. Republic with better players wouldn't dare go 2-0 up against any team

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« Reply #5667 on: September 04, 2017, 09:13:55 PM »
Took a good look there at all the groups and what games the teams in contention for 2nd have remaining. Absolutely convinced that Ireland need a minimum of 7 points from remaining 3 games. 5 points could get 2nd, if we hammer Moldova or Wales lose points in Georgia. But it will only lead to 18 points which will be the lowest 2nd place total.

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« Reply #5668 on: September 04, 2017, 10:24:22 PM »
It may be defeatist but I'm certain our chances of getting to Russia are  completely shot now. As Shark points out our group is likely to have lowest points total.

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« Reply #5669 on: September 04, 2017, 11:37:54 PM »
Took a good look there at all the groups and what games the teams in contention for 2nd have remaining. Absolutely convinced that Ireland need a minimum of 7 points from remaining 3 games. 5 points could get 2nd, if we hammer Moldova or Wales lose points in Georgia. But it will only lead to 18 points which will be the lowest 2nd place total.

It's more complicated than that. Results against the bottom placed team don't count. As it's difficult to both predict who will finish second and who will finish bottom in several groups, you can't say with much certainty what the required points total will end up. That said, anything less than 7 points will probably leave it very tight. Those two lost points in Georgia were more costly than has been made out. That draw was as damaging to our prospects as a defeat.