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  1. South Korea

  2. South Korea

    BBC Stats for the game (NI first): Possession - 35% vs. 65% Total Shots - 4 vs. 15 Shots on Target - 3 vs. 2 Corners - 4 vs. 9 Fouls - 11 vs. 9 http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43439353 Just shows how comfortable we are when the opposition dominates possession (as any half decent team usually will). And the Shots figures back this up in that we made our (few) attempts* count. Whereas their 13 off-target attempts were mostly either shots from difficult positions, or were blocked by our defenders, or were deflected wide by them. Which is not to say we should ever rely on this against better sides, in competitive games. But it is nonetheless another 90 mins practice of our "house style", which we can improve upon when we have all our big players fit and available. * - Remember, too, that our 4 attempts don't include the Korea O.G., which Magennis would surely have converted close in had their defender not made contact.
  3. South Korea

    That's true for when we had the ball. But I'm sure JE was told at H-T to move out wide to cover Lewis when they had the ball and attacked down that side.
  4. South Korea

    Indeed. Maybe Norwich do it differently? EDIT: Just seen Rave Dave's earlier comment about Lewis/Norwich - that would make a lot of sense. I read that before Saturday, he'd scored seven goals in his previous six games for them, and with that and the look of him (1.98 m), I too was worried. We shouldn't have been. For his most recent three games were Asian Championship games against Japan, North Korea and China, where he scored three times - their defenders none too big, perhaps? And before that it was three friendlies at a training camp in Turkey, where he notched four goals against three crap teams - Moldova, Jamaica and Latvia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korea_national_football_team_results_(2010–19) Prior to that, he'd scored three times in his first 38 caps! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Shin-wook
  5. South Korea

    Too true. But I think the difference was that normally we're happy for opposition wingers to send in high crosses from out wide, since McAuley, Evans, Hughes etc are so good at dealing with them (even against that 6'6" pile of dung of theirs who was "playing" through the middle). Whereas the Korean wide players were cutting inside and pulling it back, or playing through passes (eg their goal). On Saturday, the answer should have been for our wide midfielders to prevent them getting at our FB's in the first place. But both Ward and Jones (esp) are much better going forward than defending. I don't think we'd have had the same problem had Dallas, who can play on either flank, been available.
  6. South Korea

    Tbf, the Korean RB was excellent getting forward and Lewis didn't get much protection from Jones down that flank. And I'm sure at H-T, JEvans was told to move a bit wider and help him out, because he and Lewis were clearly doubling up on him (oe whoever else carried the ball down that side)
  7. South Korea

    You'd have to be hooked by that. Only problem is, next time out they probably won't be able to get tickets (competitive game at least)
  8. South Korea

    Couple of Korean lassies (early 20's?) came in five minutes after kickoff and sat next to me. Some amount of screaming and shrieking ... until one of them asked me to stop
  9. South Korea

    Last week I said I thought McAuley's legs had gone - shows how little I know! (Other comments spot on, too, btw)
  10. South Korea

    While Trevor Carson was told on Monday that he'd start - (typically) astute man-management by Michael.
  11. Starting XI v South Korea

    If Smyth is suspended for the U-21's, he might get his chance tomorrow. But with 3 gk's and four withdrawals, Michael only has 18 outfield players left, some of whom may need careful handling, so Smyth and Lavery may have been called in to make up numbers for the seniors' training sessions? (Also integrates them further into the set-up, and can replicate/replace the training they would have done with the U-21's)
  12. Starting XI v South Korea

    I actually think it makes it more interesting to see a few new/newish faces. And if even only one* of them takes to the team and international football like eg Saville has done, then that will be a real bonus. * - Jones? Lewis? Smyth even?
  13. South Korea

    I've been saying it for years now, but Belfast, like eg London, Glasgow, Liverpool or Manchester, is and always has been a proper football city. All it needs to get people to attend in good numbers is a good manager and backroom set-up, which produces a competitive* side, playing in facilities which are up to contemporary standards. I mean, we took 20k(?) to France less than two years ago. * - Not necessarily a winning side
  14. March Friendlies?

    Wales 4-0 up at H-T (Bale 2, Vokes and Wilson) You can get BBC Wales coverage on the BBC website - commentary in Welsh btw: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/byw/43488911 (Handy Hint: The Welsh for "China" is "China")
  15. South Korea

    Ta for that (also Shaggy)
  16. South Korea

    Stupid question* no doubt, but we can still enter the NS from Olympia Drive? * Am a bit embarrassed to ask, but if my flight into BFS is delayed, I could be pushed for time, so need to be certain.
  17. South Korea Match Predictions

    With Harry Kane now out injured for a bit, it is a safe bet that Son will play for Spurs against Swansea in the Cup on Saturday, then report a case of "Ryan Giggs Hamstring" after the final whistle, which no-one saw happen out on the pitch, and which will then miraculously clear up again after the final whistle at Windsor. And on the basis that "RGH" is sometimes contagious, Swansea's Ki Sung Yueng might just go down with the same (that's if Swansea risk him at all in the Cup).
  18. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    Could be right about Smith. As for McCartan, this season he's made 7 starts and 7 appearances off the bench (4 goals), but the last was on 10 Feb. New manager Larry Grayson took over at Valley Parade on 11 Feb, make of that what you will. (Could just have got injured coincidentally?). Or it may even be simpler: Michael has already picked 5 forwards, so no point in bringing along a sixth?
  19. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    Brunt, possibly, but not necessarily Mannus. McGovern is still likely 1st choice and presumably Michael wants a look at Carson. Therefore maybe he agreed with Mannus that he needn't travel - again - only not to get a game? Yeah, but apparently only minor. Only made his return after injury on Saturday. Maybe Michael is worried about overloading him with an unwanted, relatively unimportant game? As for his club manager, Clough will be worried enough in case Boyce gets injured, without TF also - I mean, they're in a desperate struggle against relegation. Hodson is only a squad player, who's also versatile, but yeah, a strange one. I guess all managers have their favourites. But I don't know how you can dismiss Corey Evans so easily. He's 27, has over 250 senior games under his belt, mostly at a decent level, plus 34 caps. That sort of experience is hugely important (imo), especially if you're also going to throw in untried youngsters.
  20. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    Remember that the 3rd gk won't ever get any game time vs S.Korea (barring pre-match injury). Therefore the U-21's is better for BPF than the senior squad, esp if he's 1st choice at that level. Meanwhile, I'd guess Hazard is presently still only 5th or 6th choice gk (at best), so a chance to meet up with the senior guys and impress Michael is a plus for him.
  21. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    With Brunt being out and Ferguson struggling for fitness, maybe he sees a start for Lewis? Esp since J.Evans will be needed in the centre. Whereas forget the eligibility business, on purely footballing grounds, Smyth must be behind Ward, Dallas, Jones (and Ferguson?) for a place in the team.
  22. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    Don't forget Cathcart. And the boy McNair could fill in, at a push. We'll be fine. Smyth has already spent time with the senior squad. And even capping him against S.Korea would not tie him. More to the point, Michael is not the sort to hold out senior caps solely to try to influence a player unduly - he'll place the player where he thinks best. On which point, involving him in two important NI U-21 games is the best place for him and the team, esp since he'll hardly be too far (physically) from the senior team anyway.
  23. South Korea Match Predictions

    ... esp the New Malden posse: "According to different sources, as of 2014 there were about 10,000 ethnic Koreans in New Malden proper, and as of the same year the Korean population in the area around New Malden is around 20,000." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Malden http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12170151
  24. Squad v South Korea - new faces

    Absolutely. Also he always* turns up and travels with the squad, even though he's not getting much game time - 8 caps in 14 years! * - Wasn't there a period a few years back when he withdrew? I seem to recall he said it was because it clashed with his Shamrock Rovers schedule (summer season), though it may be that he was simply hacked off by NW/crap results?
  25. South Korea Match Predictions

    Not sure Grigg will even be in the squad (seriously). As for Jones, you may be right, but I personally would suggest Saville may be an even bigger find (stress the "may"), since he's playing consistently well for a decent team in a (much) higher quality League. But hey, it's a nice debate to be having.