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  1. matt

    Starting Eleven

    Lafferty ran about like a headless chicken chicken frankly. Did well with the goal and a few other moments but how anyone can praise that performance is beyond me. Shouldn`t be near the starting team. I`d have Boyce or Josh on before him.
  2. matt

    Score Prediction v Estonia

    Glad to get the result but very average display against a poor team I`d imagine Germany will put about 8 past. - Lewis needs confidence to take on final man. lots of great runs where he ends up going backwards. - Dallas did ok but does not suit that position at all. Id expect McLuahglin to slot back in there perhaps on Sunday - Lafferty may as well have not been on the pitch. Completely hopeless, bizarre standing ovation for him. (guessing thats for past explots) - McGinn looked good, and nice finish for goal. - Jones should have been brought off earlier. No end product. Hopefully Sunday a more assured performance after the confidence boost of winning.
  3. matt

    Campaign Cards

    The tickets left are £70 to sit in the top corner of South upper. Mental pricing for Estonia.
  4. matt

    Austria at home.

    It`s actual a design fault of the new stadium that the seats directly behind the dugouts can`t be sold. There is no way to access them via normal entrances (unless cutting across 2 blocks which H&S cant allow) you have to do so via the PJ lounge. However there are more seats in this area than capcity of PJ lounge meaning there is always seats left empty.
  5. matt

    Line up/Match Thread

    Not sure what Saville said to the referee but he could have been shot and wouldnt have won a free kick Thought Jones was decent on Thursday and ok tonight. The pace of him and Whyte is our future in this formation.
  6. matt

    Line up/match thread

    The commentators were fawning over Boyces first half performance and I must say I agree. He holds up the ball well and his distribution was good. More of an attacking 10 that an out and out striker but he did fine.
  7. if there was a valid reason mentioned on the call (bereavement, sick child etc) Michael would have mentioned it. I think it`s clear from the wording of O`Neils statement his rationale is flimsy at best. Lafferty has always been a bell-end lets be honest. when Craig Levin was asked how Laffertys departure would affect the Hearts team he replied "the teams average IQ will shoot up" and thats the general consensus of anyone thats met him. Before we had no one else but maybe now we can afford to show him some hard love. He was appalling against Bosnia anyway.
  8. matt

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Thats it in a nutshell. Wont be anywhere near it
  9. matt

    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    The reality is an increasing amount of people find incidents like this from Friday https://www.facebook.com/JewishVoiceforPeace/videos/1074945429350499/?t=40 (a child shot dead for throwing a stone at a fence 1km away) rather appalling. That`s before you consider the anti British terrorist campaign at formation and more recent support of Argentina in the Falklands etc Against this backdrop the need to keep politics out of sport gets harder to justify. Sadly in NI the pro Palestinian lobby is totally controlled by SF/IRA (somewhat ironic given Israel was founded by groups that mimicked the IRA with a leader, Yitzhak Shamir, that went by "Micheal" in tribute to his hero Michael Collins). This makes the attraction of such protests rather small. But hey ho pointless having another political debate and I`m sure the match will pass with no incident given the protests are so far away.
  10. matt

    Post mortem

    I thought he was fantastic. (bar some of his final crosses) As someone said above it`s amazing how different everyone can perceive a game
  11. matt

    Post mortem

    Struggling to remember a game we dominated like that. Even the Faroes, Malta and Litchenstein had much more even stats! Incredible we lost. Positives Lewis and Dallas had a great understanding and caused real issues down that flank, often with a wee overlap between them that left Bosnia in pieces. Only end product was less effective. McGinn was sharp and caused issues down other flank Saville, Norwood and Davis oozed quality all through the match Boyce and Grigg showed they are capable of causing issues Atmosphere was decent thought between the Bosnians with their tops off, and half our support wearing jeans so tight they must have been sprayed on, I thought i had stumbled into a pride parade at times. Negatives Lafferty was appalling. For someone so tall I`ve never seen someone so poor in the air. Ironically when Boyce came on (who can actually manage to head) the decision was made to take all corners short! Peackcock was rather average but give him time I guess. Aside from mistake with goal his distribution as poor. Couple of decent saves mind you. Bizarrely it was a pleasing performance. We created so much it was a joy to see at time.
  12. There wasn`t a few weeks back, I`m taking entire family to this one and was only full price left. (£45 for a 4 year old girl is harsh) I`m guessing they released more due to poor tickets sales. Given they were not much different in price for kids I decided to do the VIP match day experience which is aimed at kids and hosted by Tommy Wright. Not cheap but I`m sure a good day awaits. Hopefully IFA learn their lesson on pricing after this and we avoid another match with so many empty seats.£75 for South stand lower is just insane frankly and why virtually all still sitting unbought. I also think any seat should have the option to be child or full price. As for prediction 2 - 0 to NI. Our fire power will be too much for these big bad moslems
  13. Bizarrely the match is now showing as sold out on Ticketmaster. When I checked last night there was easily 2k empty seats showing, the same seats that were empty when I checked about 3 weeks ago. Either there was some mad rush or it`s a fault maybe?
  14. Bizarrely the hospitality prices In PJ lounge are more than what they charged for the World Cup play off. Quite why they think a glorified friendly against Bosnia is more attractive beats me. Not surprisingly the lounge is far from sold out.