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^ some gloriously awful performances in that list Chris, my personal fav probably being the win in Kazakhstan having been 1 nil down with 5 mins to go. 

Moldova seem to be in crisis with their manager calling his own players rats and threatening to resign, 3pts should be there for the taking.

Going off the 2 games so far, Ireland appeared to have regressed since the summer, last 2 games have been quite reminiscent of late era Trappatoni.    

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27 minutes ago, Corcaigh said:

^ some gloriously awful performances in that list Chris, my personal fav probably being the win in Kazakhstan having been 1 nil down with 5 mins to go. 

Moldova seem to be in crisis with their manager calling his own players rats and threatening to resign, 3pts should be there for the taking.

Going off the 2 games so far, Ireland appeared to have regressed since the summer, last 2 games have been quite reminiscent of late era Trappatoni.    

You always seem to grind out the wins though...that's my point. In 2013 Wales went to Macedonia and lost for example....Northern Ireland around that time I think only drew in Leichenstein and lost in Azerberjan....Scotland where do we start...every qualifying group they've throwing away points to Lithuania and Georgia. You guys even had those problems in the mid to late 90s with talented teams under Mick Mccarthy throwing away stupid points to minnows.

Even if the performances are poor it's still a great knack to have. I think you're taking it a bit for granted aswell...it's not like the ROI squad is really better than what the other home nations have.

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Ireland well familiar with Georgia over the years, they've improved campaign after campaign so not overly surprised with the Wales result. Not going to be easy for most teams to go Tbilisi and pick up points.

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as O'Neill said rightly(for once) if Georgia produced a  half decent striker they be dangerous.

 

win tonight and we are in a good position going into Austria game though we have played 2 shit games so far

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1 hour ago, Zatman said:

Moldova are one of worst international teams I have ever seen and then classic Clark moment lets them back into the game :crylaugh:

I know we all like a little Clark bashing every now and again but I thought Duffy was more to blame for the goal.  He shouldn't have stepped forward and left 40 yards of space behind him.

The two of them don't fill me with confidence though.  Individual errors will cost us against better teams.

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1 minute ago, Newry_Villan said:

I know we all like a little Clark bashing every now and again but I thought Duffy was more to blame for the goal.  He shouldn't have stepped forward and left 40 yards of space behind him.

The two of them don't fill me with confidence though.  Individual errors will cost us against better teams.

while I agree Duffy was poor for the goal but Clark was 10 yards into Moldova half and left a lot of space in behind him that Duffy was trying to cover.

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8 minutes ago, Zatman said:

while I agree Duffy was poor for the goal but Clark was 10 yards into Moldova half and left a lot of space in behind him that Duffy was trying to cover.

Duffy and Clarke coming up against the likes of Bale and Alaba is a scary prospect.

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1 hour ago, Zatman said:

while I agree Duffy was poor for the goal but Clark was 10 yards into Moldova half and left a lot of space in behind him that Duffy was trying to cover.

That's very harsh Clarke had a small bit of blame at best for the goal. Duffy was miles into their half way out of position.

The ball was hit down his side.

i thought Clarke had a very good game made a lot of good blocks and clearances. Duffy is looking like a liability.

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probably best place to put this but a retirement statement from a player in Irish league today compare it to prima-donnas that do play the game

 

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Today I retire.

So I thought….. i better do a statement. I’m going to name drop a bit so please forgive me.

I didn’t want to retire but the legs don’t move like they used to and when the slowest player in the league says to me “I’ll be your legs” I knew I had to call it a day…so thanks for that Mark Rossiter.

To Kiara…….My girlfriend in my Joeys days and now my wife as I finished in Longford. You were there for it all.Thanks for your patience, understanding and keeping my feet on the ground.

Leaving for work at 8am, going straight to training and getting home at 9pm was tough…so to my kids I apologise for missing so much and look forward to spending all my time with you. If you have my passion on the pitch and your Mam’s passion in the bedroom you will excel at whatever you choose.

Big thanks to my family who helped me so much over the years. Especially my Dad, you went out of your way so much to help me, I’ll never forget that.

To my friends who’ve been there since the start and supported me home and away, thank you.

To my aunties and uncles who looked after me when I was clubless in England, thank you.

To all the Coaches, Managers, Physio’s and Kitmen I’ve had, and the time you put in, thank you so much.

To all my teammates….thank you for your ability to adjust to playing with 10 men most weeks.

To the referees, I apologise for the tackles and my colourful language that led to them colourful cards. My wife would like to thank you for the hundreds of Euro’s in fines I had to pay because of you.

To the fans of Waterford thanks for making me a cult hero.

To the fans of Shels, it’s my biggest regret in my career that you got relegated when I played for you, it’s a huge club and shouldn’t be in that situation.

To the Pats fans, I got paid for doing what you do…..watching games from a bench every week. It wasn’t down to lack of trying, it was just Kenna and O’Brien were outstanding. I hope I repaid you with the Cup Final song I wrote for you.

To the Longford fans, I admire the handful of lads who follow the team everywhere they go. We had bad nights but some great ones too. It’s a great club. Thank you.

To everyone at Shamrock Rovers thank you. Friday nights and coming from my house you could see the floodlights. Pulling on the famous green and white and hearing the fans sing as you wait in the tunnel, then the teasing smell of burgers and chips as you wait for the whistle to blow. It’s what you dream of. I was just a fan that got lucky.

To the Fans of Bohs, I loved playing in Dalymount. I loved the abuse and I loved having Coke bottles hopped off my head. I didn’t like you, but I have to say I admired your passion too and I’ll miss it.

Football is the greatest game on earth and anyone who says otherwise is a lying Luther.

It gave me the chance to win All Irelands.

It gave me the chance to learn from my hero Denis Irwin everyday in training.

It gave me the chance to play in the same team as a man people say is the maddest man in football, Paul Gascoigne….this was true, until I met Boccer Bayly.

It gave me the chance to captain my country at youth level and blast out Amhrán na bhFiann.

It gave me the chance to meet the President of Ireland.

It gave me so many kicks in the balls, like relegations, injuries, missing Christmas’ and missing friends & family.

It gave me the chance to win leagues with superstars like Twigg, Bradley, Baker, Salmon and O’Sullivan.

It gave me the chance to have great friends like Stephen Rice and Pat Sullivan, classy on and off the pitch.

It gave me the chance to mark Cristiano Ronaldo from corners.

It gave me the chance to stand in a helpless wall when Del Piero stuck a free in top corner.

It gave me a chance to play against the leagues best…..Derek Pender, Glen Crowe, Jason Byrne, John O’Flynn and Christy Fagan.

It gave me the chance to play under great captains like Kenna and Murray.

It gave me a rivalry with Killian Brennan, a great player that wasn’t afraid to kick me back. I’ll miss that.

It gave me a chance to miss a peno in front of 30,000 people in Lansdowne Road.

It gave me the chance to have songs sung about me….some good, some bad.

It gave me the chance to play for all of Dublin’s big clubs.

Anyone that watches football will know I’m an average player but hard work and commitment was the reason I got all these chances.

If I can do it anyone can.

Never give up.

Thank you football.

 

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