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Originally posted by Artie Ziff Artie Ziff wrote:

Originally posted by MayoMark MayoMark wrote:

Bums in seats is a big one too in fairness. That must be one of the best attendances in years for a friendly 

There was lots of massively discounted tickets via the FAI for this? So I'd be inclined to think the Portugal game will be the one where it proves this theory. I think the game will sell out myself. 
One section looked like a kindergarten with little kids all in red, for some reason.
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Originally posted by TooOldForThis TooOldForThis wrote:

Originally posted by doherty doherty wrote:

by the way was there some here that were annoyed the way Stephen celebtrated our goals last night?? anyone...did he smile too much or look too happy!!!!!!
Yeah, I thought the group hugs after each goal was ott!
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Very good performances the last two games, but let’s not get carried away. Let’s see how it plays out in the last two games. Encouraging though, and let’s hope we can finish the campaign on a high. 
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imagine 6 points from the last 2 games..........the sky's the limit!!
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Originally posted by TooOldForThis TooOldForThis wrote:

Originally posted by Artie Ziff Artie Ziff wrote:

Originally posted by MayoMark MayoMark wrote:

Bums in seats is a big one too in fairness. That must be one of the best attendances in years for a friendly 

There was lots of massively discounted tickets via the FAI for this? So I'd be inclined to think the Portugal game will be the one where it proves this theory. I think the game will sell out myself. 
One section looked like a kindergarten with little kids all in red, for some reason.
Was that the group in the lower west stand near the corner with the North stand? Thought it must have been kids from some football club in their club tracksuits. 
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Originally posted by ConorMac77 ConorMac77 wrote:

Originally posted by TooOldForThis TooOldForThis wrote:

Originally posted by Artie Ziff Artie Ziff wrote:

Originally posted by MayoMark MayoMark wrote:

Bums in seats is a big one too in fairness. That must be one of the best attendances in years for a friendly 

There was lots of massively discounted tickets via the FAI for this? So I'd be inclined to think the Portugal game will be the one where it proves this theory. I think the game will sell out myself. 
One section looked like a kindergarten with little kids all in red, for some reason.
Was that the group in the lower west stand near the corner with the North stand? Thought it must have been kids from some football club in their club tracksuits. 

Was a schoolboy team I think maybe even shels. 
Everyone in that section were on freebies I think (like myself). player's families and FAI coaches, etc. based on what I could hear around me 
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Very happy with the last two games. The passing stat is very good to hear, I went to Tbilisi to watch us complete less than 100 and Georgia to complete more than the reigning world champions Spain at the time did against us, so friendly or not, that type of thing matters. 

It may have only been a friendly, and it may only have been Qatar (and only Azerbaijan on Saturday) but we are improving all the time. I and most others on this site have watched years of us failing to string three passes together, often under no pressure from the opposition at all. This is an energetic and exciting team to watch, and it appears the public are responding to that. 

Portugal at home will be a massive test. Nothing to lose and nothing to fear for us, and they'll be coming here needing something to win the group. We'll give them a real run for their money, win lose or draw, of that i would be confident.

I think this campaign has been a campaign too soon for this team, but a necessary one as SK has needed time himself to settle into the role, work out his best options and best formation, similarly the players have needed time to learn to play completely differently than they're used to with each other, and the bedding in of new talent such as Ogbene, Omobamidele, Cullen, McGrath as starters. Not to mention the team being absolutely ravaged by Covid and injury for most of the campaign. We'll continue to improve as our young lads get more experience and the team becomes settled into this new way of playing. 

For the first time in a long time, things are starting to look that little bit more positive. 
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Kenny's overall record is:
 

.........P.......W.....D.....L........F.....A

........18......3......8.....7......18...17


But since the Luxembourg debacle it is:


.........P.......W.....D......L........F.....A

.........8.......3......4.....1........15...6


We've played some poor teams, but hopefully this is more representative of things to come.
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When we were getting poor results this thread was 10 pages extra long every day. Now it's barely a page a day. Could this be the end of the mind numbingly repetitive Kenny is crap v Kenny is good debate? I fugging hope so 
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Originally posted by Artie Ziff Artie Ziff wrote:

When we were getting poor results this thread was 10 pages extra long every day. Now it's barely a page a day. Could this be the end of the mind numbingly repetitive Kenny is crap v Kenny is good debate? I fugging hope so 
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Am I right in saying that Kenny's contract runs until July 2022 and the Nations League will be completed by then (2 games March and 4 games June)?

Why are we talking about contracts at all?!
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no, it ends in Sep 22, his contract is up after 4 of 6 NL games. 2 Friendlies in march 22, 4 NL games in June, contract up in July then 2 more NL games in sep
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Originally posted by Lenny82 Lenny82 wrote:

Am I right in saying that Kenny's contract runs until July 2022 and the Nations League will be completed by then (2 games March and 4 games June)?

Why are we talking about contracts at all?!


Nation's league is June and September.
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That Nations League window in June is going to be some slog. 4 matches in 10 days is nuts next June.


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Originally posted by Bandwagon Bandwagon wrote:

That Nations League window in June is going to be some slog. 4 matches in 10 days is nuts next June.


 

Could it be a blessing? Gives us a chance to test out the squad whilst playing probable fellow 2nd and 3rd seeds consistently. Not losing many of those games is as important as winning them all for me not to be negative but if your drawing a few of them but not losing them your being competitive and it will augur will for being competitive for Euro 2024 qualification. 

It does sound gruelling tbf and he's going to have to resist playing lads in all 4 even Cullen and Robinson who are bonefide starters. Even Duffy we have the depth to rotate him the other two not so much. 
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Originally posted by kevin100 kevin100 wrote:

Originally posted by Bandwagon Bandwagon wrote:

That Nations League window in June is going to be some slog. 4 matches in 10 days is nuts next June.


 

Could it be a blessing? Gives us a chance to test out the squad whilst playing probable fellow 2nd and 3rd seeds consistently. Not losing many of those games is as important as winning them all for me not to be negative but if your drawing a few of them but not losing them your being competitive and it will augur will for being competitive for Euro 2024 qualification. 

It does sound gruelling tbf and he's going to have to resist playing lads in all 4 even Cullen and Robinson who are bonefide starters. Even Duffy we have the depth to rotate him the other two not so much. 


Absolutely not. With a relatively small squad of players who don't play anywhere near enough for their clubs fatigue and injury will play a big part.

It has hindered us massively since 3 game windows came in and its no coincidence we performed much better over this window with just the 2.

Our 2 worst results came against Azerbaijan and Luxembourg this campaign were both after grueling matches against Portugal and Serbia just 2 days prior.

Players cant recover in that kind of turn around, especially players like Doherty, Hendrick, Idah and so on who play very little between International windows.
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Originally posted by Terzino Terzino wrote:

Kenny's overall record is:
 

.........P.......W.....D.....L........F.....A

........18......3......8.....7......18...17


But since the Luxembourg debacle it is:


.........P.......W.....D......L........F.....A

.........8.......3......4.....1........15...6


We've played some poor teams, but hopefully this is more representative of things to come.

Dan McDonnell making a valid argument that bringing up results from 2020, instead of focusing on how we've done in 2021, in relation to a potential new contract for Kenny is as valid as bringing up the Macedonia result when discussing Mick qualifying for a WC 4/5 years later.

There has been progression, which is the most important. Games against Portugal shouldn't define whether any Ireland manager should continue in the job. I think we can all agree that there is more to come from both the players and management, but we're in a far better place than last year, so let's see where Kenny takes us.

The NL has taken on a new importance though, given Kenny has said the aim is now to top the group. So results in that absolutely do matter now. Because he's come out and said what the aim for the NL, whether he meant to or just got carried away, he won't be able to dismiss results if things don't go our way.
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Originally posted by t_rAndy t_rAndy wrote:

Originally posted by ConorMac77 ConorMac77 wrote:

Originally posted by TooOldForThis TooOldForThis wrote:

Originally posted by Artie Ziff Artie Ziff wrote:

Originally posted by MayoMark MayoMark wrote:

Bums in seats is a big one too in fairness. That must be one of the best attendances in years for a friendly 

There was lots of massively discounted tickets via the FAI for this? So I'd be inclined to think the Portugal game will be the one where it proves this theory. I think the game will sell out myself. 
One section looked like a kindergarten with little kids all in red, for some reason.
Was that the group in the lower west stand near the corner with the North stand? Thought it must have been kids from some football club in their club tracksuits. 

Was a schoolboy team I think maybe even shels. 
Everyone in that section were on freebies I think (like myself). player's families and FAI coaches, etc. based on what I could hear around me 

It was Oliver Bond. They came up on the screen after Duffy scored.
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