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Yeah, definitely. It’s noticeable that the team respects him by the way they talk about him. We’ve also improved our set piece delivery since he came, which is apparently his strong suit.

Great that Seamus Coleman and other potential coaches in our squad get to spend time around somebody at the top of their sport (not a slight on Kenny at all. Credit to Kenny for bringing him in)
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Originally posted by DeclanDaly DeclanDaly wrote:

Yeah, definitely. It’s noticeable that the team respects him by the way they talk about him. We’ve also improved our set piece delivery since he came, which is apparently his strong suit.

Great that Seamus Coleman and other potential coaches in our squad get to spend time around somebody at the top of their sport (not a slight on Kenny at all. Credit to Kenny for bringing him in)

Indeed, I'd say there must have been a few eyebrows raised when it was heard Kenny was bringing in a relatively unknown non Irish coach from Chelsea but that decision is looking inspired now.
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Didn't see Tuesday's game but it's a great relief to read it's more positives then negatives. The campaign is dead so it's about bringing through more players and building some momentum. If Kenny achieves that then he will have another campaign at the Euros. 

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Its very different, but its nice to take certain positives and see green shoots. It may not be a modern day version of the Triangular Tournament, but it was a sold performance, with a number of young players involved, and some good performances from old heads.
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I know the qualification campaign is over but it would be fantastic if Kenny managed a landmark result in such as a draw  in either of the games against Portugal or a win at home to Serbia. 

It would be a decent finish to the group if we managed to win away to Luxembourg and finish on 10 points to cement 3rd spot. 


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Just need to see as much progress made as possible, would be good to see a Portugal team come to Dublin a bit nervious and think "hmm, this looks like it could be a very difficult game".

From.now to 6 months ago we've seen 

1. Our goalkeeper situation look infinitely better, I'd be happy to go into a competitive game with bazunu or keheller if Randolph is injured

2. Centre back pairing of Egan and Oshea is looking good and should improve with every game. Duffy has shown he's not finished yet and Collins looks to be raising eyebrows. Long term Collins and oshea should be an exciting pair 

3. Knight looks to be a first 11 player now, I feel he'll create chances like he did for horgans goal and the cross for Collins to head wide. Also known for popping up with a goal.

4. Idah and parrott have really benefited from the last two games. Parrott showing why there's hype associated with his name. Still lots of work to do for both but progress definitely made in the last 6 months.

5. Overall defensively we've been good, our defensive shape is good and players look organised. Individual errors costing really bad goals to Andorra and Luxembourg.

6. Goals distribution - Parrott, knight, horgan, browne, mcclean, Duffy and collins all chipping in with goals under the Kenny era which is good to see but of course we still need that player that is a goal threat. Hopefully parrott and/or idah.



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Originally posted by Left foot Left foot wrote:

Just need to see as much progress made as possible, would be good to see a Portugal team come to Dublin a bit nervious and think "hmm, this looks like it could be a very difficult game".

From.now to 6 months ago we've seen 

1. Our goalkeeper situation look infinitely better, I'd be happy to go into a competitive game with bazunu or keheller if Randolph is injured

2. Centre back pairing of Egan and Oshea is looking good and should improve with every game. Duffy has shown he's not finished yet and Collins looks to be raising eyebrows. Long term Collins and oshea should be an exciting pair 

3. Knight looks to be a first 11 player now, I feel he'll create chances like he did for horgans goal and the cross for Collins to head wide. Also known for popping up with a goal.

4. Idah and parrott have really benefited from the last two games. Parrott showing why there's hype associated with his name. Still lots of work to do for both but progress definitely made in the last 6 months.

5. Overall defensively we've been good, our defensive shape is good and players look organised. Individual errors costing really bad goals to Andorra and Luxembourg.

6. Goals distribution - Parrott, knight, horgan, browne, mcclean, Duffy and collins all chipping in with goals under the Kenny era which is good to see but of course we still need that player that is a goal threat. Hopefully parrott and/or idah.



 

With a long term view let’s say 

1. Goalkeeper no problems two fantastic prospects Randolph there still and poor Travers who got a bout of stage fright against Serbia. No reason why Travers can go on to be at least as good as Randolph was. For me you have to give Kelleher/Bazunu the office we are out the World Cup. Even Randolph has acknowledged this it’s sooner rather then later they will take the ropes. 

2. Egan O’Shea Clark Duffy Collins Omobamidele McGuinness younger lads like Garcia McNulty even the likes of O’Hora will move up the ranks and be a fine centre back in time at club level. No worries here.

3. Right back Coleman and Doherty aging but will be more then good for another 3-5 years surely certainly good until the 2024 Euros. 

4. Knight a 100% right side or midfield is flying and looks a sure fire first teamer. Showed great creativity even for Curtis sitter and made a great run against Hungary where Idah should have played him in on top of what was mentioned above. 

The other 6 positions let’s see. Connolly Idah Parrott Obafemi you would hope would find regular football/loans next season develop further not to mention Scully Kayode Shodipo Odubeko if he declares Finn with Getafe. Ogbene showed spark the other night but a look at his record shows he doesn’t score. Even Scully and Shodipo scored 17 and 13 for Lincoln/Oxford last year. Goals are important. 

Midfielders likewise Molumby Johansson Connell Coventry Smallbone Kilkenny Hodge Watson Danny and Conor Grant let’s hope they will find regular football and develop.  

Left backs we are light Stevens Manning and McClean aside. Joel Bagan maybe declaring Flynn Richards possibly the most interesting long term prospect is Tayo Adaramola at Palace very very highly touted. The first 3 named have a few years left in them. 




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Just butting in a minute guys to say I was delighted you got a win vs Andorra. I also thought you were the better team and unfortunate not to get a win vs Hungary.

From this outsiders' perspective, your style of football looked good to watch. It will get better as the players get more and more used to it. You also have a number of exciting young prospects who should be damaging other teams for you in the few years. I wouldn't be too pessimistic about the future, there is plenty for Ireland to be optimistic about.

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Originally posted by ErsatzThistle ErsatzThistle wrote:

Just butting in a minute guys to say I was delighted you got a win vs Andorra. I also thought you were the better team and unfortunate not to get a win vs Hungary.

From this outsiders' perspective, your style of football looked good to watch. It will get better as the players get more and more used to it. You also have a number of exciting young prospects who should be damaging other teams for you in the few years. I wouldn't be too pessimistic about the future, there is plenty for Ireland to be optimistic about.

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Originally posted by ErsatzThistle ErsatzThistle wrote:

Just butting in a minute guys to say I was delighted you got a win vs Andorra. I also thought you were the better team and unfortunate not to get a win vs Hungary.

From this outsiders' perspective, your style of football looked good to watch. It will get better as the players get more and more used to it. You also have a number of exciting young prospects who should be damaging other teams for you in the few years. I wouldn't be too pessimistic about the future, there is plenty for Ireland to be optimistic about.

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Cheers Ersatz! The last year has been a nightmare, with a string of horrible results and bad performances. But all of a sudden it seems we might just be turning a corner - many youngsters in the team, starting to look a bit more solid and indeed confident etc.

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Originally posted by kevin100 kevin100 wrote:

They were class saves difficult saves that he made look effortless. Even from Twitter Liverpool fans are blowing a gasket at the rumours he’s going on loan and it’s easy to see why. He’s a fantastic prospect. 

He's always been threatened with loan moves away. He's worked his way up the ranks at Liverpool, all the way up to No. 2. Assuming he stays where he is, even if he's relegated to No. 3, he will play regularly in pre season for Liverpool. If he's now No. 3, he can still play every week for the PL2 team. 

If he still is No. 2 at Liverpool, he would be bonkers to move now, knowing he's just one Alisson issue away from decent game time. That's what Mignolet did, then Alisson got injured 5 days later. Kelleher already has one European Cup winners medal, I'm sure he would rather train with world class players every day and at the stadium on matchday, and wait around to try and win another European medal, than go out to play for a bunch of hoofball level also rans like Bazunu did.

On the game itself, it finished 0-0, there isn't much to say, except we're 3 games unbeaten, while integrating new players into different tactics, formations, and style of play. So it's been a good end to a very difficult term for everyone involved, and gives us something to build on going into the remainder of the qualifying campaign. 
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Originally posted by ErsatzThistle ErsatzThistle wrote:

Just butting in a minute guys to say I was delighted you got a win vs Andorra. I also thought you were the better team and unfortunate not to get a win vs Hungary.

From this outsiders' perspective, your style of football looked good to watch. It will get better as the players get more and more used to it. You also have a number of exciting young prospects who should be damaging other teams for you in the few years. I wouldn't be too pessimistic about the future, there is plenty for Ireland to be optimistic about.

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How can Irish people hate England but support Scotland and Wales? I'll never understand it.
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Originally posted by Maccatacca Maccatacca wrote:

How can Irish people hate England but support Scotland and Wales? I'll never understand it.


The whole Scotland thing confuses me. It's a one-way love affair. A large amount of their population are, at best, indifferent about us. You barely ever see Scottish people holidaying or moving to Ireland, yet travel and emigration from here to Scotland is always high - despite Scotland being even more miserable in terms of weather.
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I'd never support Wales. 

Their attitude and behavior after we beat them to knock them out of WC and then that scumbag Taylor breaking Coleman's leg is enough for me not to support them.


     
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Originally posted by horsebox horsebox wrote:

I'd never support Wales. 

Their attitude and behavior after we beat them to knock them out of WC and then that scumbag Taylor breaking Coleman's leg is enough for me not to support them.




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In fact, I think there is significant animosity between us and Wales after the 2017 games? The sheer arrogance and complacency going into the second game made the win all the more satisfactory. I'm very curious about them, as I like their setup, and I think they have some excellent players, but I wouldn't think there is much love between us an Wales.

I'd also get the vibe that we are totally indifferent to Scotland. Fans like ET who appears from time to time here would certainly make you a well wisher for their cause, and I also get the vibe that it is an area independent of the Old Firm. But I doubt there will be many Irish fans supporting Scotland with much fanaticism.
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