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  1. lisbellawloyal

    Post mortem

    The absence of a goal scoring centre forward has really hurt us over the last three games.
  2. lisbellawloyal

    Post Mortem

    One up front (particularly Magennis) doesn’t seem to work.
  3. lisbellawloyal

    Post mortem

    There are too many key players not playing enough football. Jevans, McGovern, Big G, Davo and even Laffs before he threw the toys out of the pram. That lack of match sharpness/intensity has been very evident over our last 4 games (except for playing a bloody horrific Israel team)
  4. lisbellawloyal

    Post Mortem

    That's the one for me. Then we have an outlet on the left through direct dribbling through Dallas and the option of a diagonal ball to Magennis wide right. I quite like Magennis wide right, particularly when their full-backs aren't too defensively minded and small. It then allows him to flick inside or head into box for a Grigg/AN Other. What he was doing on Friday was flicking it on to space, where no one was anywhere near or anticipating
  5. lisbellawloyal

    Post Mortem

    When there was a second striker on the pitch and we were pushing numbers forward.
  6. lisbellawloyal

    Post Mortem

    They seem to play a 4-2-3-1 which would ensure they have more support for Grigg. Would he have fared any better against the giant Austrian centre halves on Friday. I’d hazard a guess at no. Agree 100% about the abuse Magennis is taking. We’ve had more talented players play in emerald green but no one can doubt Josh giving 100% every time he pulls on the jersey. Some of the crap I’ve read on that ‘Everywhere we go’ Facebook page would nearly make you weep.
  7. lisbellawloyal

    Post Mortem

    Being a forward is different to a ‘striker’. I’ve watched Gavin at a range of levels over the years and he has always played on the wing. If Boyce had of been fit he may have started with Magennis or Grigg. Not on his own. Josh being an ex-goalkeeper didn’t stop him scoring against Greece at home or setting up the second goal in Lyon. Some of the criticism he has been getting has been quite frankly absurd. I’ve seen dozens of people hammering him on social media.
  8. lisbellawloyal

    Post Mortem

    Whyte isn’t a striker. Boyce was injured and wasn’t stripped. Grigg cannot play up front on his own. Can’t see where this argument is going.
  9. lisbellawloyal

    Post Mortem

    Does anyone know if we are in any danger of f**king our rankings/pots due to our results thus far in Autumn 2018?
  10. lisbellawloyal

    Post Mortem

    I think M’ON would have been left shocked by Big G’s club situation and how he wasn’t tied up to a contract in July. I’m intrigued to see how we line up on Monday. Defeat and it is relegation for us
  11. lisbellawloyal

    Starting 11

    Boyce injured - has done very little training
  12. lisbellawloyal

    Starting 11

    Why oh why have we waited for Austria to score before we started moving the ball and putting some effort in?
  13. lisbellawloyal

    Starting 11

    That’s been coming. The Davis miss is a big turning point
  14. lisbellawloyal

    Team Formation v Austria

    Grigg won’t start as a lone striker.
  15. lisbellawloyal

    Team Formation v Austria

    4-5-1 - if we had Big G Michael would probably have reverted to a back three. GK - BPF DR - McNair CB - Jevans CB - Cathcart LB - Lewis RM - Jones CM - Cevans CM - Davo CM - Saville LM - Dallas ST - Big Josh
  16. lisbellawloyal

    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    O’Neill seems mystified by it by the sounds of it.
  17. lisbellawloyal

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    No thanks.
  18. lisbellawloyal

    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    We've two tricky away games and Washington as said above is always a good option away from home. Runs the channels well, helps the team get up the pitch. I'd be severely worried that we will start with Laffs and revert to thumping the ball up to him. For his size he isn't as commanding in the air as he should be. Boyce can't play up top on his own. Ditto Grigg. I'd envisage Magennis will play wide right. These two games are massive, not only for our Nations League campaign, but for our ranking and impact it could have on what pot we are in for December.
  19. lisbellawloyal

    Post mortem

    McGinn and Dallas were good when the initially got the ball. However, their crossing/decision making was abysmal. Too many crosses from too close to the touchline - led to big looping crosses that most goalkeepers would catch in their sleep. Lafferty got very isolated at times. Davis tried to get closer but it wasn't working. BPF had a decent enough outing. Very nervy kick for the first goal, could have shanked it out wide instead of right down to the middle of the pitch. On a minor point - it was very disappointing to see the ground nowhere near capacity for what was and could turn out to be a very important game not only in the Nations League but for seedings going forward. An entire block of the South Stand empty. I dare say once Germany or Spain return we will have the old 'the stadium is too small' nonsense.
  20. lisbellawloyal

    Central America tour

    140 is the total I've been given, which if true is staggering and impressive!
  21. lisbellawloyal

    Central America tour

    Full credit to M'ON for the squad he has put together for this. Really does highlight how enjoyable the experience must be for the players and how they are committed to the manager and most importantly the team. As many have said look at the NW Summer Tour squads and the smattering of IL players that gathered together with a few fringe players from England and Scotland.
  22. lisbellawloyal

    Central America tour

    Another clown who 'follows' our team and think they are being smart
  23. lisbellawloyal

    South Korea

    Parked on one of the side streets off the Lisburn Road facing Malone Road and it was manic about 30 minutes before kick off. First time I've driven in a long time and the only reason I didn't take the train was because of a youth game in the morning which left me tightly squeezed for time.
  24. lisbellawloyal

    South Korea

    Walking down the back of the road parallel to the North Stand after the game it was incredible to see so many boys and girls vividly discussing the game with their parents, beaming with pride, skipping down the road pretending to be George Saville. After all the worries and concerns post Switzerland there is an incredible feel good factor around the team once again.
  25. lisbellawloyal

    Starting XI v South Korea

    Davis ruled out and doubts over Lafferty, McGinn and Dallas
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