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Clint

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  1. 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.
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    Post Mortem

    Maybe the ref didn't think it was a foul or a dive, just that he was knocked over while being tackled.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
  7. A bit of info here, https://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/uefaorg/General/02/57/32/05/2573205_DOWNLOAD.pdf Are the winter venue and excessive travel restrictions new?
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    Squad formation v Estonia

    Actually, on reflection, the pair of you are probably right.
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    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.
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    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?
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    Campaign Cards

    Really? No but really?
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    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.
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    Campaign Cards

    Or knew their arse from their elbow.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    I've been waiting for years to draw the Dutch. I just didn't want to draw Germany at the same time. Still, you can't beat these teams if you don't play them.
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    Republic of Ireland (A) - Nov 15

    You can't reason with stupidity.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Here? http://www.stadiumguide.com/algarve/ A few days on the Algarve would do nicely, though 3/4000 people (at a guess) rattling about that stadium wouldn't make for much of an atmosphere.
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    Line up/Match Thread

    No it shouldn't, and I wouldn't be defending Norwood if it wasn't for the fact that he's playing (very well by all accounts) week in week out. It has translated into performances for Northern Ireland, on a very regular basis. To be fair he has been played in a variety of positions, and the attributes you've listed are probably correct. I don't think they're sufficient to get him in ahead of Norwood though. Not for me. IMHO he's currently fifth choice for centre midfield (after Davis, Saville, Norwood and C.Evans). As for other positions. Well, he's not a right back. Right midfield perhaps? I'd like to have seen him given 90 minutes there.
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    Line up/Match Thread

    I thought that too, but then he didn't take the opportunity (Norwood's absence) to do it. The three in central midfield played well, but we definitely missed Olly. So we drop the guy who was ever present in two of our most successful campaigns ever, and is currently earning rave reviews for Sheffield United, in favour of the guy who has done precious little in 20 odd caps and can't get a game for Middlesbrough? Well, it's a thought I suppose. Currently undroppable IMHO.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Italy - A wee bit of glam. Iceland - Starting to fade? The main thing here is dodging ze Germans. OWC Lithuania - Avoiding Hungary, Romania, Greece and Albania would be desirable. Gibraltar Andorra
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    Line up/Match Thread

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/aston-villa-transfer-window-smith-15430788
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    Line up/Match Thread

    Do not drop Olly Norwood. Thank you.
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    Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw

    Not us hopefully. I hear the atmosphere is non existent.
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