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    Posted: 21 Aug 2020 at 7:04pm
Couldn't see a thread for the actual match, game confirmed for Sofia, squad out Monday, be very interesting to see who gets in
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Originally posted by nvidic nvidic wrote:

Couldn't see a thread for the actual match, game confirmed for Sofia, squad out Monday, be very interesting to see who gets in

Gonna be fascinating isn’t it. Hard to know what sort of a squad hel pick initially id imagine he won’t be picking a 35-40 man squad. Will have 28-30 at most (initial 23 and a few stand by lads).

The midfield is the most intriguing area a spot we were very weak in and McCarthy Arter Brady back on the scene combined with the likes of Cullen Molumby Smallbone Knight Ronan getting very handy on the scene it could be a very new look midfield roster to the batch picked for the Denmark squad let’s say.
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I see that.  assume the government have given the FAI an exception from the quarantine rules then.  
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You expect so considering their continually breaking the rules themselves.

Good news all the same.

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Think he'll change much lads starting line up wise? 

I don't think he will tbh. 
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the biggest change will be the intention to play football and try to dominate the ball.  whether that it done with a
Change in personnel early on is doubtful.  I suspect no change to back four or 1 change max.   

McCarthy will replace Whelan and I think
McClean won’t start as much. 

We are likely to play a 4 3 3 
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Originally posted by Baldrick Baldrick wrote:

the biggest change will be the intention to play football and try to dominate the ball.  whether that it done with a
Change in personnel early on is doubtful.  I suspect no change to back four or 1 change max.   

McCarthy will replace Whelan and I think
McClean won’t start as much. 

We are likely to play a 4 3 3 

Would agree with most of that but it'd be a big call for him not to start McClean. I would say he's probably more likely to start based on nothing other than it's Kenny's first game (a competitive one) in charge and I suspect Kenny might be a bit more conservative than we think he would be. 
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Originally posted by Baldrick Baldrick wrote:

the biggest change will be the intention to play football and try to dominate the ball.  whether that it done with a
Change in personnel early on is doubtful.  I suspect no change to back four or 1 change max.   

McCarthy will replace Whelan and I think
McClean won’t start as much. 

We are likely to play a 4 3 3 


We'll see.  He'll probably come up with some excuse to pull out.
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Originally posted by irishmufc irishmufc wrote:

Originally posted by Baldrick Baldrick wrote:

the biggest change will be the intention to play football and try to dominate the ball.  whether that it done with a
Change in personnel early on is doubtful.  I suspect no change to back four or 1 change max.   

McCarthy will replace Whelan and I think
McClean won’t start as much. 

We are likely to play a 4 3 3 

Would agree with most of that but it'd be a big call for him not to start McClean. I would say he's probably more likely to start based on nothing other than it's Kenny's first game (a competitive one) in charge and I suspect Kenny might be a bit more conservative than we think he would be. 


Maybe but in the medium term if you are trying to keep the ball you won’t have a player like McClean in your team.  
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Hopefully McCarthy is back, Whelan didn't do much wrong but too old now I think

Agree with Baldrick on his point about not much personnel change but a change is approach 

The Doherty situation and how he approaches the front players will be interesting, McGoldrick and/or Long I'll guess, would love to see Obafemi and/or Connolly mind 
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Mcclean is definitely a player that has earned his place in the squad on merit, but I don't think he's a definite starting player anymore.

If, as we kinda suspect, kenny goes the 433 route, i can't see where mcclean would would fit. The midfield may very well start with three of mccarthy, hendrick, molumby, cullen, Hourihane. All of which play more central than out wide. 

Up front will be McGoldrick, long, connolly and maybe Robinson and obafemi as next in line.

Additionally - we know that mcclean is a work horse but historically we know that he's not a player to keep possession well. 
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i dont see a front three where Long and McGoldrick play working. Long isnt a winger and he hasnt any real technical ability on the ball so is that really a goer? I thinknit may have to be one or the other.

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Originally posted by doherty doherty wrote:

i dont see a front three where Long and McGoldrick play working. Long isnt a winger and he hasnt any real technical ability on the ball so is that really a goer? I thinknit may have to be one or the other.

I agree but that’s where he played against Italy at euro 2016.  

That night we went with McClean long and Murphy up front and McCarthy Hendrick and Brady in midfield. 
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I'd love to see McGoldrick and long given the chance to play up front together. 

Id be the first to admit that the goals will be hard come by but we have seen mccgoldrick play up front in a very isolated role and yet still hold up the ball, bring players into the game and cause defenders real problems.

We have seen long do the same on many occasions. I feel having both up front causing problems for defenders might work very well.

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Originally posted by Baldrick Baldrick wrote:

the biggest change will be the intention to play football and try to dominate the ball.  whether that it done with a
Change in personnel early on is doubtful.  I suspect no change to back four or 1 change max.   

McCarthy will replace Whelan and I think
McClean won’t start as much. 

We are likely to play a 4 3 3 

           Randolph 
Doherty Egan Duffy Stevens 
      McCarthy Molumby
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Connolly Mcgoldrick. McClean 

Is this a fair shout? Personally I’d have Robinson or Obafemi over McClean and Hourihane I think is seriously worth a shot in the No.10 role. Against teams that we will dominate the ball against (you would hope against Bulgaria and Finland that would be the intention) Hourihane in that pocket and with his set piece ability would be interesting. He’s well capable of finding the back of the net too does it consistently for a midfielder another thing worth considering in a team that may not initially have a huge amount of goals in it. 
      
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Shane Longs overall game and touch has improved a lot over the last couple of years so that shouldn’t be a problem and he still has good pace. Almost Everyone is mentioning James McCarthy coming straight back into the team and I’d agree with that. Who do we go with  if he’s not fit which is always a big possibility with him. 
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The most interesting aspect of this game for me is what our style of play is on the night.
Kenny obviously won’t have much time with the players but you’d hope we’d start to see how he likes his teams to play in terms of keeping the ball etc.
I assume this game will be on tv?
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Imagining a front of Obafemi, Long, Connolly...

Dear god, the pace! 
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