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    PFA Awards 2011/2012

    Irish players in the PFA teams of the season

    Ian Harte in the Championship XI: http://www1.skysports.com/football/n...hampionship-XI
    IAN HARTE: Part of the meanest defence in the second tier, Harte seems to be getting better with age. The vastly-experienced Irishman is now 34 years old, but you would not know it to watch him in action. He has formed part of a back four that has conceded at a rate of less than a goal a game this term and is currently readying himself for another shot at the Premier League. Harte is also making his fourth appearance in a PFA Team of the Year, his third in a row and his second consecutive appearance in the Championship selection.
    Darren Potter, Stephen Gleeson and Stephen Quinn in the League One XI: http://www1.skysports.com/football/n.../League-One-XI
    Stephen Quinn (Sheffield United): While star striker Ched Evans and midfield ace Kevin McDonald have, deservedly, been snagging most of the headlines for Sheffield United this season, midfield stalwart Quinn has been unassumingly knocking up the best assists tally in the league, with 14 to his name so far. The pint-sized Irishman, who made his Blades debut back in 2005, has also netted four league goals to aid the club's promotion push. Quinn was one of the few bright sparks in United's dismal campaign last term and carried that momentum into this season, producing a string of diligent, committed displays.

    Stephen Gleeson (MK Dons): Republic of Ireland international Gleeson has been an important cog in Karl Robinson's machine this season as MK Dons chase promotion. Operating at the heart of the Dons' engine room, the 23-year-old has continued to mature with a host of fine performances, producing five goals and the same number of assists for the club. His most important strike was arguably against Huddersfield in February, when he netted a crucial equaliser to hold the club's promotion rivals. Described, along with fellow midfielder Darren Potter, as 'Rolls Royce' quality by manager Robinson, Gleeson has played an integral part in keeping the Dons flying high.

    Darren Potter (MK Dons): Midfielder Potter only arrived at the Stadium mk from Sheffield Wednesday last June on an initial 12-month deal but has fast established himself as a key feature of Robinson's side. Pairing up superbly with Stephen Gleeson, the 27-year-old often pulls the strings in the middle of the park. Potter has been a regular performer for the Dons, notching up 36 appearances so far with a contribution of two goals and three assists. A calming influence on the pitch, the midfielder has also made an impact off it, with Robinson revealing he is a "strong character" in the Dons' dressing room. His diligent displays have not gone unnoticed by the manager, with the club tying the midfielder down on a new two-year deal earlier this week as a reward for his efforts.
    Eunan O'Kane in the League Two XI: http://www1.skysports.com/football/n.../League-Two-XI
    Eunan O'Kane (Torquay): O'Kane's brace in the 3-1 Devon derby win over Plymouth at Plainmoor in November cemented a special place for him in the hearts of Gulls fans - Martin Ling described the goals as "two absolute corkers" - but in truth, the Irishman has provided invention and industry all season long at Plainmoor, chalking up nine assists and only missing one match, through suspension.
    All goals, yellow and red cards tweeted in real time: http://twitter.com/irish_abroad and posted to facebook: https://www.facebook.com/irishfootballstatisics

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    Good to see that Darren Potter has finally stopped his decline. To think he got a couple of caps for the senior team a few years back during the Staunton era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrigaline View Post
    Good to see that Darren Potter has finally stopped his decline. To think he got a couple of caps for the senior team a few years back during the Staunton era.
    I thought Potter did well alongside Kilbane in the two friendlies in the States. At the very least, he didn't disgrace himself
    Gleeson picked up his two caps in the same tour
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    Should be noted that this is Hartes second year in succession in the team of the year. (which it was, I need to learn to read)

    Either way I wish he was being given more consideration by Trap, its our weakest position and for the past 2 years he's been head over heels better than the LB competition.
    Last edited by Murfinator; 23/04/2012 at 12:01 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrigaline View Post
    Good to see that Darren Potter has finally stopped his decline. To think he got a couple of caps for the senior team a few years back during the Staunton era.
    Darren Potter was hands down the best player in those two matches and actually captained the side in the second match. At the time, I think he was on Liverpool's books and looked to be the next Steven Gerrard.

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    Gleeson has been a mainstay for MK Dons and he's still only 23. Peterborough United tried bringing him and Sam Baldock in on a double signing last summer but Baldock ended up signing for West Ham and the deal fell apart some way or another.

    There's a fine Irish contingent at MK Dons with Jay O'Shea, Ian McLoughlin and Shaun Williams there also. All fairly young lads too, other than Potter at 27.

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    Interesting analysis of the lower league PFA teams of the year.

    Mild praise for Potter and Gleeson, skepticism over Harte and a total slagging for Stephen Quinn.

    Interesting view on Harte, considering the writer's a Reading fan.
    Last edited by SwanVsDalton; 26/04/2012 at 11:19 AM.
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