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  1. PeteM

    Squad formation v Estonia

    If circumstances were different then I'd agree. But I'd put money on Lafferty starting tomorrow night. I'm far from being his biggest fan, but he has more international goals to his name than any of the other forwards in the squad. And he's surely played more minutes for Rangers this season (and in his natural position) than the likes of McNair has played for Middlesbrough - who a lot of folk are tipping for full back or midfield, where a lot more running and tactical sharpness is required.
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    Maybe wide right. With McGinn (or Ferguson) then on the left. Dallas then slots into right back, as he has done for Leeds. One of the midfield three covers Dallas's side of the pitch, allowing Magennis less tracking back. What I don't necessarily agree with, but do see likely: BPF Dallas Cathcart Evans Lewis C Evans Davis Saville Magennis McGinn Lafferty I have a suspicion that Lafferty will start up top in the event of playing with one central forward. We know that Grigg has less of an impact playing as a lone striker, and the rest aren't as tried and tested (in MON's eyes).
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    I can see it starting this way too. Except maybe McGinn in place of Washington. Very nicely laid out too, Clint!
  4. I don't think many people are overrating his ability, just lamenting the impact of his absence. He's been crucial to us because he does that "alright" job - nothing glamorous, the pressing of the opposition's midfielders and being available for a pass when we have the ball. Ok, not quite as dogged as Damien Johnson was, maybe doesn't run the distance Corey Evans does, and doesn't have the creativity of Davis. But the fact that he's done all the bits and pieces in a tidy fashion, pretty reliably, has been really important to us, especially given the lack of alternatives. IMO, and again not overrating him, he is indispensable to our squad right now.
  5. I'm a big advocate of 3 at the back, and I think that in Lewis/Ferguson/Dallas/McLaughlin we have the players to play the wing back roles. I'm just not convinced now is the right time with so little options available at centre back, plus I'm nearly sure our last load of games have been with a back four..? I wouldn't go as far as to say that Hughes and McAuley are finished right now. I'd like to think that either could come in and do a job in a back 3 with Cathcart and Evans over these two games.
  6. The squad is what it is. We don't have anyone else (playing at the levels these guys play at). I'm confident Michael will make it work and we'll come out of this double header with 6 points.
  7. PeteM

    Joachim Low - Running scared of OWC

    Interesting if he's been told to do it by those above him, or if it's public opinion in Germany that younger players need brought in immediately. But if it's his own decision, and he leaves the post before the start of the 19/20 club season, I wouldn't be surprised to see a new national team manager come in and stick with the experienced centre backs. Both are class acts.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    A travelling South American team in a Spanish venue would be nice. I can imagine we'll end up playing an AFC team in London or somewhere.
  9. PeteM

    Flights

    Stephen's right, there are still plenty of options and I don't think leaving it for a while will cost you too much extra. I was pricing yesterday morning and a Dublin return via Frankfurt was around £190. Or £128 single route with whatever else for Minsk. I'm just waiting on confirmation from a couple of mates before booking anything, so hopefully there'll be some variations of routes to Tallinn at reasonable prices come January.
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    Line up/Match Thread

    Have to agree with Clint. Norwood's far too important to us to replace. And at 27, I can't see him being fazed out of the lineup for a few more campaigns unless form or fitness drops. If McNair was making a name for himself at club level in the exact same position, and doing the same role, then I'd be inclined to think differently. But that isn't happening.
  11. PeteM

    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Agreed. The pace in the current England team would destroy us right now.
  12. PeteM

    Line up/Match Thread

    It would need to be injury or suspension to 2 from those 3. Corry Evans would be starting in midfield ahead of McNair.
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    Line up/Match Thread

    I don't think it was a case of Jones being terrible, to me it was just inexperience. He's obviously quick and direct, but there's things you can probably get away with doing in the final third in the Scottish league that you can't do against an international fullback/defence. And he clearly found that out last night with the poor decisions he made. One the other side, McGinn was ineffective. He was one of the more senior players in the starting eleven yet didn't seem to be showing for the ball. Maybe he got fed up during the first half, and the head dropped. Regarding Corey Evans, it's not that he played better than he usually does, he just played more advanced than usual. It was more noticeable in the second half when Davis was dropping deep into the position usually occupied by Norwood, with Saville doing a lot of the chasing. Evans just seemed to have more freedom to push on last night. I haven't rewatched the highlights, but that was maybe allowed by their midfield. I'm not sure why the midfield three were set up like this, as we're more used to seeing Davis further up and being more effective in team possession further up the pitch, rather than starting the attacks off. Maybe it was Michael's decision to drop Davis further back to facilitate what Norwood usually does, so he either doesn't trust Evans/Saville to do that as effectively, or just wanted to mix things up a bit. Further back, it was taking Carson ages to find options when he was looking to distribute the ball. Evans and McAuley were dropping wide of the box at goal kicks, with acres of space left dangerously vacant outside the D. Overall, it was just a really frustrating game to watch. Hopefully the things Michael wanted to test during this mini campaign have given him the results to go into the next round of qualifying with the right plan. And I'm hoping two up front is part of that plan.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    While a few folks on here say they're not going, the fixture will still attract a large volume of fans, due to the proximity and the opposition. I wouldn't be surprised if the number far exceeded 3k.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    Didn't even notice the U16 bit, I'm just too skeptical! I'll probably end up buying a ticket. It just stings when it's not justified at that price.
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