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  1. EalingGreen

    Post Mortem

    "Bacon Soda Farrell Bacon Soda Farrell Bacon Soda Farrell Ulster's Favourite Breakfast"
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    Post mortem

    One man's misfortune is another's opportunity? "Hearts manager Craig Levein believes his summer signing spree means his side can compensate for the loss of injured pair John Souttar and Uche Ikpeazu. Souttar started the season in partnership with Christophe Berra but both centre-backs will now be out until at least February with hip and hamstring problems respectively." https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45905100
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    Post mortem

    UEFA Stats (Bosnia first): Total Attempts: 18 vs 12 On Target: 4 vs 3 Off Target: 8 vs 5 Blocked: 6 vs 4 Woodwork: 0 vs 3 Corners: 5 vs 2 Offsides: 2 vs 1 Possession: 53% vs 47% Passing Accuracy: 82% vs 75% Passes: 439 vs 365 Passes Completed: 360 vs 273 Balls Recovered: 29 vs 32 Tackles 0 vs 0 (Really!) Blocks: 4 vs 6 Clearances: 0 vs 0 (Eh? Machine not working?) Yellow Cards: 2 vs 2 Fouls committed: 13 vs 12 https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleague/season=2019/matches/round=2000959/match=2024085/statistics/index.html?iv=true
  4. EalingGreen

    Post Mortem

    Also misleading the other way - hitting the post is counted as "off-target", which technically it is/has to be. But we had Grigg's header in Vienna and three more in Sarajevo, two of which the gk got nowhere near, the other he just tipped onto the post. Those are much more indicative of good play than eg a weak shot "on-target" which floats tamely into the gk's arms.
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    Israel (H) friendly - Sept 11

    Keiran Tierney's Week:
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    No, FIFA operate their own qualification system for the W.Cup, separate from those used by UEFA for their own European Championships and Nations League. However, the EC and NL are both critical to W.Cup in one respect. Formerly, FIFA seedings for the W.Cup qualifying draw used a system whereby both competitive games and friendlies counted towards ranking points. Whereas UEFA only ever used competitive games for their ranking/seeding systems. But now that UEFA have replaced most friendlies with (competitive) NL games, FIFA have decided also to disregard friendlies when drawing up their rankings, which in turn will have an effect on W.Cup qualifying draw seedings. It's another reason why this NL is not just a lot of "glorified friendlies", but instead a competition which we should be taking very seriously.
  7. EalingGreen

    Post Mortem

    It wasn't that he particularly wanted to bring on CEvans (imo), but that he needed to get Ferguson off and move Dallas over to the left to offer some protection to Lewis, who was playing well, but in danger of being overrun. Meanwhile, McNair started to attack down the right more as we chased the game, meaning CEvans would provide better cover on that flank than Whyte.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    All this talk of "school trips" and Dublin reminds me of when I was at primary school, and the Master wanted to organise a trip for us to Belfast. (It was a big deal then, believe me). Anyhow, he approached the head of the local Catholic primary school to see if we could combine numbers with them (two small schools, might have got more funding from the Education Authority?) Said Head would only countenance a trip to Dublin, and including Kilmainham Gaol at that. (I guess the Guinness Brewery was out of the question. You know, a Prod-owned business and all that) Guess which political party he belonged to? P.S. We ended up going to Belfast Zoo, with a visit to Armagh Planetarium en route.
  9. EalingGreen

    Team Formation v Austria

    Possibly. Or even Grigg and Boyce (for Fergie and Norwood) and go 4-3-3? Would depend somewhat on what formation Austria were employing.
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    Team Formation v Austria

    Goes without saying, we need a win in Bosnia if we're to progress, so that team should be an attacking one (Magennis, Grigg and Boyce up front in a 4-3-3?). If we could get that, then a draw in Vienna would be enough. Therefore I think he'll go a defensive 4-5-1, maybe as below? BP-F McNair - Cathcart - Evans - Lewis Dallas - Davis - Norwood - Saville - Ferguson Magennis (Fergie is a bit of a wild card, but he's back in the Millwall team, has played LB so should be able to cover Lewis, and offers good crosses and set-pieces from the left)
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    UEFA considering international leagues

    Uefa Nations League: Countries to get paid more money for taking part Each of the 55 European countries in the Nations League will receive more money, Uefa has confirmed. The overall winning country will collect 10.5m euros (£9.18m), an increase from the original figure of 7.5m euros (£6.55m). Each nation's "solidarity payment", is being increased by 50%, with more prize money also for the four league winners. The increase in money was made possible by "Uefa's solid financial situation" and "earnings from Euro 2016". It means England, who are in the top section, will earn a minimum of 2.25m euros (£1.97m), while second-tier Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland will collect at least 1.5m euros (£1.31m), with Scotland, in the third level, picking up no less than 1.125m euros (£982,950). The competition is split into four leagues, based on each nation's coefficient ranking, with 12 teams in Leagues A and B, 15 in League C and 16 in league D with the first-phase matches taking place during the international breaks in September, October and November. One winner from each league will earn a spot at Euro 2020, with the top four nations from League A battling to become the overall Nations League champion in June. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45815169
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    Home From Home

    Hardly worth its own thread, but maybe an omen? Nations League: O'Neill hoping familiar surroundings will boost Northern Ireland Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill is hoping familiar surroundings will help his players prepare for their upcoming Uefa Nations League matches. The squad is returning to the Austrian training base they used ahead of Euro 2016 for their double header away to Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Northern Ireland face Austria in Vienna on Friday and Bosnia in Sarajevo on 15 October. "The fixtures have been unkind to us," O'Neill told BBC Sport NI. "The away double header coming in the middle is probably the most difficult schedule we could have had. "But we're going back to the training base we used for Euro 2016, which is about an hour from Vienna, and the players enjoyed it there. "It's a really good facility and that will be good preparation before we do a training session in the stadium in Vienna the night before the game. "We then essentially have only two days to prepare properly for the game in Sarajevo. That turnaround time makes it difficult but that's why we have named a squad of 25." https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45777257
  13. EalingGreen

    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    €45? Reason No.193 for not attending.
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    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    Strange one, esp considering he was capable of occupying the bench for Sheff U away to Blackburn last night, coming on for the last couple of minutes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45648132 Perhaps he has some reason for not wanting to be out of the country for 8 or 10 days?
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    Squad v Austria (A) and Bosnia (A)

    Possibly, though Michael really seems to like Ward, and to value Hughes' experience etc. As against that, we're not coming down with CB's, where Flanagan could fill in, and both he and Jones are both playing regularly. Tough call.
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