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Clint

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  1. Clint

    Post Mortem

    I'd imagine your average Belarusian might be feeling a bit aggrieved this morning. They put in the type of backs to the wall performance that worked very well for us through a couple of recent campaigns. But who gives a sh*t about that? I'm not about to say I enjoyed it. Not at the time anyway. It was too frustrating, and then too nail biting, for that. I'm thoroughly enjoying the afterglow though. As for the game itself. We played well. I don't think anybody had a poor game. Well, maybe Lafferty wasn't great. Special mention has to go to BPF (a huge save at the end), Jamal Lewis (a class act already) and Josh Magennis (fantastic centre forward play for the winner). As for Jones, who seems to getting a bit of stick. I like him. He's a handful. I do wonder if it's a horses for courses situation though. Jones's speed and directness, against teams we're attacking. might see him start again in June. Ferguson's defensive ability, and delivery from set plays/wide areas might see him come in for the Germany/Holland games.
  2. Clint

    Starting Eleven

    I'd imagine Michael will only change the starting XI if he has identified something in the way Belarus play that warrants it. IMHO the only arguable change is Magennis for Lafferty. I wouldn't do it though. Those who beat Estonia deserve another go.
  3. Clint

    Post Mortem

    Maybe the ref didn't think it was a foul or a dive, just that he was knocked over while being tackled.
  4. Clint

    Post Mortem

    We though he'd given a free kick at the time. It was only when Davis went towards the spot that we realised it was a penalty. As for the rights and wrongs of it. Well, the Estonian missed the ball and clipped the man. Soft maybe, but I'm not sure I'd go as far as wrong. Anyway, it balanced up not getting a nailed on one in the first half.
  5. Clint

    Germany or Holland

    Yip. If one of them takes all six points, from their games against one another, then (obviously) the other team gets nothing. Whoever gets the six points disappears off, over the horizon, with the group. We then hope to pick off the loser. Personally I'm hoping Holland take all six. We can then pick off Germany as revenge for Euro '84. After all, it is a dish best served cold.
  6. Clint

    Germany or Holland

    I'm not sure who I want to win their first match, but I do know that I want the winner of it to win the second one as well. That makes sense, right?
  7. Clint

    Post Mortem

    It was a regulation 2 - 0 win, and I'm as happy as Larry with it. Predictably Estonia put everybody behind the ball, and we found it tough to break them down. That, combined with McNair's miss and Lewis not getting what looked like a nailed on penalty, made for a frustrating first half. The second half was better, and we ran out deserved winners. Really, in the end, it should have been more than 2. As for individuals. BPF had one save to make, and he did just that. His kicking was inconsistent though. The full backs were both very good, with Dallas one of the better players on the field IMO. The CB's strolled about the place. Cathcart in particular was superb. His distribution was as good as you'll see from a CB. The stand out moment was when he took the ball off one of their players, dummied him, then fired a 40 yard pass straight onto Jones' chest. The midfield three largely controlled the game. McGinn and Jones were good on the flanks, though Jones could do with sorting that final ball out. McGinn took his goal superbly. Lafferty put himself about, and had a few moments (notably the assist), but I can't help thinking he should've done better. I'm a bit torn on Magennis' performance. He got chances, and hit the target, but should he have scored? I thought that the one he lamped straight at the 'keeper really should have hit the net. A special mention goes to Davis, That's 12 goals now, which puts him in distinguished company. I know it's not the record any more, but there are only four NI players who have scored more.
  8. Clint

    Squad formation v Estonia

    Actually, on reflection, the pair of you are probably right.
  9. Clint

    Squad formation v Estonia

    Peacock-Farrell McNair J. Evans Cathcart Lewis Davis C. Evans Saville Washington Dallas Grigg
  10. An ever present through two of our most successful campaigns ever, and you'd be happy to see the back of him? We had Tony Capaldi. Yeah OK, we had nobody else. Over rated? With the amount of bollocks talked about him on here he may be the most under rated, and certainly under appreciated, players we've ever had. This is the guy who put the ball on Josh's head (well maybe shoulder) to seal qualification. Oh, and lets not forget a certain free kick that was quite special. The guy is an OWC legend (yes, legend) who will probably/possibly/hopefully win 100 caps. I'll give that a harrumph.
  11. Norwood missing and Ballard being included are obviously the main talking points. It's a pity about Ollie, but if he has issues to deal with then fair enough. Given that Hughes and McAuley probably won't be with us much longer, including Ballard is a good idea.
  12. Clint

    Joachim Low - Running scared of OWC

    It seems like an odd move by the finger sniffer. I can understand any player not being picked, but to tell them never again. Really?
  13. Clint

    Campaign Cards

    Really? No but really?
  14. Clint

    Campaign Cards

    Just checked mine (I hadn't bothered previously as I figured they'd need time to sort it) and it seems we're back to the old piss up brewery analogy.
  15. Clint

    Campaign Cards

    Or knew their arse from their elbow.
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