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Simon-613

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    Score Prediction v Holland

    The Dutch looked very good against Germany, albeit that Germany were woeful defensively. My prediction is 3-1 to the Dutch but hope I am wrong
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    Starting line up v Holland

    It's a shame that Lewis is out. Don't think anyone's suggested it yet but I'd go for Flanagan at left back. I recall he played there previously for Burton and he's better defensively than the other main options - Ferguson or Dallas. It also means Dallas can be played further forward so we don't end up weakening two areas of the team. I'd go for the following team: BPF Smith Cathcart J Evans Flanagan Whyte McNair Davis C Evans Dallas Magennis McGinn unlucky to miss out but I'd like to see Whyte get a chance. Think Corry Evans would help us more defensively than Saville. Whoever plays up front will have a thankless task but at least Josh offers a physical threat and may be useful with set pieces at both ends of the pitch
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    Post Mortem

    I thought it was a fantastic performance, full of effort, passion, and no little skill. When you think about it, Washington spurned 2 great chances, and Dallas one. And McNair should have had a penalty. There was also a great cross that Washington was close to getting on the end of. Could easily have scored at least 2 tonight but that lack of ruthlessness let us down. It was hard work in the second half and the Germans passed the ball better than they had done against the Dutch. My only quibbles were: 1. Why play McGinn (and then Magennis) on the left. We might have been better with Ferguson out there to whip the same type of crosses in that were coming from the right 2. We might have benefited from having a natural holding midfielder - could Donnelly have done that role? Gnabry started popping up in between our midfield and defence in the 2nd half and was killing us 3. I think he should have put Magennis through the centre when Washington tired, and Lavery out on the left. It would have given us another option to be able to use Magennis' aerial power
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    Your tactics v Germany

    They looked weak defensively against the Dutch and their defenders clearly weren't confident of passing the ball out from defence against the pressure the Dutch forwards were putting them under. So that was encouraging. But they were a threat going forward, mainly through the pace and skill of Gnabry, and two or three good long through balls that he was able to run onto. Think it said he's scored 6 in the last 7 games or something like that. I think we'll clearly play 4-5-1 against them and we'll spend a lot of time without the ball, with an emphasis on keeping our defensive shape and keeping them at bay. But I think we can get some joy if our front 3 apply some pressure on the Germany back four when they're trying to pass it out from the back. I'd play Lavery on the left and McGinn on the right, with Washington through the centre - all mobile and hard-working. And try to then work moves where those players can run at Germany's very big (but not terribly mobile) centre backs. Set-pieces will always be important but I think Germany will have a height advantage, so maybe more important that we don't gift the Germans too many set pieces. From an attacking sense, maybe O'Neill will try to work an innovative free kick move rather than relying an aerial battles?
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    Score Prediction v Germany

    1-2. I think we've a better chance than in our other recent encounters with Germany, and I can see us scoring, but they've always got a goal threat about them
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    Germany or Holland Result

    16th of October 2018 was the last time. Lost 2-1 away to France, having lost their previous game 3-0 away to the Netherlands. Both in the Nations Cup, which counts as competitive matches
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    Starting 11 v Germany

    Having seen Germany play tonight, I'd be tempted to go with a slightly more attacking approach against them. They were feeble defensively and their right back and centre backs were very shaky when receiving the ball from Neuer, who persisted throughout the game with putting them into uncomfortable spots. Washington's great at hassling defenders but the other player we have who could do that is Lavery. I'd be tempted to play Lavery on the left of our front three, and that would allow Dallas to move to right back. We probably need a win rather than a draw now, so may be worth going into the game with a positive mindset?
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    Germany or Holland Result

    A very bad result for us. However, Germany were woeful defensively, and could hardly string two passes together. I actually think a lot of blame is attached to Manuel Neuer who kept passing the ball to defenders in tight positions where they were clearly really uncomfortable in possession. Looked like an accident waiting to happen all game. Wonder whether O'Neill will get our front three to try to pressure them if they do the same thing at Windsor Park?
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    Germany or Holland Result

    Clearly we want (and probably need) Germany to win. It's quite a tight turnaround for Germany to be playing on Friday, and then having an away game on the Monday. So I wonder whether they may largely play a different set of players against us, especially if they have won against the Netherlands?
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    Luxembourg

    Yeah, that was interesting. I can see that he was born in Portugal. I wonder what brought his family to Belfast? Hopefully some more good footballing genes in the family if there are any young Rodrigues' in our schools ...
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    Luxembourg

    Just shows how different people can see different things. From watching it on the TV, he misdirected 1 free kick and then the next time he got the ball he misplaced a hurried pass. Every other pass he made went to a team-mate. Looked like a very composed debut to me and his willingness to demand the ball was commented on by the TV commentators
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    Luxembourg

    Good win given how experimental and inexperienced our team was. I thought the players who impressed for us were Ferguson, Thompson, Peacock-Farrell (though he didn't have much to do), and from the bench Lavery and McCalmont Lavery was great, continuing his early season form. It's the first time I've seen McCalmont and he looks like a real find. Came on and immediately took over as the play-maker and his passing was very accurate. Donnelly also did ok when he came on. Could start to appear more frequently over the next couple of years. I though McLaughlin was below par, Brown isn't ready for that level of football, and would have expected a bit more from Saville and Magennis
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    Luxembourg

    Will be interesting to see how Brown does but I'm surprised he's been picked ahead of Morris who was in the original squad and has no caps
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    Starting 11 v Germany

    Possibly, although I think he will want Dallas on the left wing with a view to helping Lewis out. Dallas is probably more disciplined at tracking back than Whyte is likely to be, for example
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    Starting 11 v Germany

    I think McGinn's been playing well for Aberdeen and played well for us the last time he started. Pretty sure he'll start against Germany
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    Starting 11 v Germany

    The latest injuries are unfortunate but I think they will only result in one change to the starting lineup - McLaughlin to replace Smith at right back. It's unfortunate though not to have Jones' pace as an option from the bench, but probably a chance for Whyte to be that impact sub
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    Squad for Luxembourg and Germany

    Sunderland have had 8 games so far this season and Grigg has played in all 8 of them. 3 starts and 5 appearances as a sub but it's a lot more football than some of our other squad members have had
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    Squad for Luxembourg and Germany

    An Edinburgh News article today said it's 'touch and go' whether he will be fit for Northern Ireland's games. 'Michael Smith is out of Hearts’ Ladbrokes Premiership match against Hamilton tomorrow. The Northern Ireland full-back will be sidelined for around ten days with a hamstring strain suffered against Celtic on Sunday. That leaves him touch and go for Northern Ireland’s upcoming matches against Luxembourg and Germany. He was named in manager Michael O’Neill’s squad on Wednesday. For Hearts, he will miss the weekend fixture at Tynecastle Park but should be fit to resume domestic duty after the international break. Smith was replaced 18 minutes into the 3-1 defeat by Celtic and replaced by Jamie Brandon. He had been feeling tightness in his hamstring in the days leading up to the game, which began to worsen during the early stages of the match. Medical staff assessed the injury and the positive news it is not serious. Expectations are that the 30-year-old will miss only one club game, which is some relief given Hearts’ increasing injury problems in the early part of the season.'
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    Squad for Luxembourg and Germany

    Surprised at Morris' inclusion but struggling to think of who else he could have called up in that position? McAuley is without a club. Ballard is injured. Think Luke McCullough and Niall Keown are both without a club. Rory McArdle's the only other centre back I can think of, unless players from the Irish League are considered The other surprise is naming only 4 strikers, one of whom (Smyth) is more likely to be deployed on the wing. Again, the alternatives are not inspiring but surely (if available) you'd have thought he'd go for someone like Grigg, Lavery, McCartan, Vassell, or Scannell? (Think Kee is injured who could have been another option)
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    Starting 11 v Germany

    McAuley's without a club and presumably if he played and got injured he could stand to lose out financially? Seems very unlikely that he'll play any part I think I read that Arsenal youngster Daniel Ballard is injured so who the 4th centre back is in the squad will be interesting. Maybe Liam Donnelly although he's been playing midfield this season
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    Starting 11 v Germany

    I think it will be Peacock-Farrell Smith - Cathcart - J.Evans - Lewis McGinn - McNair - Davis - C.Evans - Dallas Washington Think all of those players apart from Peacock-Farrell and Corry Evans have been regular starters for their teams this season. Whyte and Jones I think have mainly been on the bench and, against Germany, I think he'll opt for the more reliable defensive abilities and experience of McGinn and Dallas. Corry Evans I think will get the nod ahead of Saville, again on the basis of defensive abilities, especially now that Norwood is not going to be there.(Saville's mainly been a sub for Boro this season too). And Washington ahead of Magennis looks a certainty given that Magennis has only just got himself a club and hasn't had any game time. He's also looked better for us off the bench. O'Neill can look to Magennis, Jones, Saville, or Whyte if he's trying to change the game late on
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    Line up V Belarus

    Yeah, i though Jonny Evans looked a bit out on his feet in the 2nd half. Cathcart looked the steadier presence at the back. Lots of tired bodies in that second half so it was a huge effort to get the win. I thought McNair was a positive throughout the game but there were a few moments where the composure wasn't quite there when it really mattered ... until he slammed home that goal
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    Line up V Belarus

    He did eventually! 🙂
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    Line up V Belarus

    Jones looking lively again but we're not managing to get the ball to him enough. Belarus have defended our set pieces pretty well. We need a bit more from Davis
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    Line up V Belarus

    Gavin Whyte not listed amongst the subs - presume he must be carrying a knock?
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