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purplehaze

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  1. purplehaze

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    It's hard to judge the performance levels against such low quality opposition...
  2. purplehaze

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Fitness issues up front with Lafferty & Grigg. Washington missing again. Looking forward to Thompson - this guy really establish himself.
  3. purplehaze

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    100% agree with this view of Lennon. One of the funniest moments of last season was Lennon running onto the pitch in jubilation after their late equaliser in the bonkers Hibs 5-5 Rangers match. It's football as entertainment - not to be taken too seriously, sorry Bill Shankly.
  4. purplehaze

    Post mortem

    Crossing is the weakest part of Dallas's game - which is odd for a wide man - but a primary reason for limiting him to where he's reached in his career. Magennis, however, I rate as a good crosser from the right wing. Seen a lot of it when he was at Killie.
  5. purplehaze

    Line up/match thread

    Lewis oh dear. Whyte oh dear oh dear. This Nations League campaign will live long in the memory - for all the f*ck ups.
  6. purplehaze

    Post Mortem

    More frustration. A whisker away from 1-1. In the aftermath, I was thinking 3-5-2 straight away for Bosnia but no Grigg or Boyce makes that tricky. The full backs defensively are a liability. Lewis is raw and we can see him learning and improving. McNair is in the same boat - what is O'Neill's long term plan for him? 20 odd starts at RB and I'm sure he'll be fine but, ultimately, does he move to midfield (after Davis)? McLaughlin's never let us down at the back but the inclusion of McNair has an obvious upside in an attacking sense.
  7. purplehaze

    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Scotland were dire - gubbed 2-1 by a mediocre Israel. They should be much better than that.
  8. purplehaze

    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    The biggest plus was probably the quality of McNair's set-piece delivery. The sky is the limit for that guy.
  9. purplehaze

    Starting XI v Israel

    If O'Neill fancies a 3-5-2, he might stick McNair in the back three.
  10. purplehaze

    Squad v Bosnia (and Israel)

    Bosnia no chance but maybe in the friendly.
  11. purplehaze

    Squad v Bosnia (and Israel)

    U21s away to Spain is great experience for those lads so can understand that. Exception is Jamal Lewis as he's the best option at LB. Great to see Grigg back but it's difficult to give all the strikers game time over 2 games (even when one is a friendly). Beyond J.Evans & Cathcart, we are suddenly a bit thin at centre half (love Big G & Hughes but they're each nearly 39).
  12. purplehaze

    Central America tour

    It does have a good balance between old and new. Youngsters getting blooded on a foreign stage with enough quality experience around to (hopefully) avoid any tankings. About Hodson, he's done a solid enough job at RB for us often enough but, as a LB? - no. Delighted for Luke McC as well. Full of potential - seems have been playing centre mid for Doncaster mind.
  13. purplehaze

    Central America tour

    Hopefully McGeehan is 100% on board and not just "trialing" us. Gotta trust Michael on this. Surprised Hughes is there given his retirement talk but he can't collect caps fast enough now! Looking forward to Whyte & (more of) Smyth.
  14. purplehaze

    Starting XI v South Korea

    Carson McLaughlin Hughes J.Evans Lewis C.Evans Norwood Saville McGinn Lafferty Jones Assuming no Davis here. Two rookies (Lewis & Jones) down the left but what the hell, it's a friendly. With guys like Hughes & McGinn playing, it reduces somewhat the number of match-rusty players playing.
  15. purplehaze

    Squad v South Korea - new faces

    Agree with this. Playing against Spain U21s is great experience. Our U21 first XI is actually pretty strong right now: Peacock-Farrell Dummigan Donnelly Hall Lewis Gorman Thompson McKee Smyth Lavery Kennedy Most of that lot playing regular league football.
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