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    Poland v Ireland - Wroclaw - Tuesday, 11th September 2018 - Friendly

    Didn't see a thread for this.

    Ronan Curtis called up, Stephen Ward and Caoimhin Kelleher out: http://www.extratime.ie/articles/216...-senior-squad/

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    Delighted to see Curtis called up. He's scoring. It might be League One and Under 21 levels that he's scoring at but he's scoring and it demonstrates a path to the senior squad. Also interesting to note that he's a homegrown player too. It will be interesting to see how two LOI alumni like him and Burke progress over the next couple of years.

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    Should we go back to the 3-5-2 approach in Poland? Or try to pack the midfield so we aren't overrun? Maybe something like this:

    McDermott
    Doherty Duffy Long Egan Stevens
    Meyler Williams
    Horgan
    Burke/O'Brien

    There's not much to choose between the front players. Robinson or Burke could slot in for Horgan behind the striker. I don't know much about Curtis or O'Brien but I'd suggest the paciest of the 3 should lead the line. I doubt Curtis will start in any case.

    Rather than Egan, could we consider Coleman as part of a back 3 to afford Doherty the opportunity to play right wing back?

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    I would go with
    ----- ---------Randy
    Coleman --- Duffy --Long ---- Stevens

    Matt Doh.---Williams ---Meyler ---- Horgan---
    ---------- Robinson-O'Brien

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    McDermott

    Doherty Long Egan Stevens

    Horgan Meyler Williams O'Dowda

    Burke Robinson
    "We lost because we didn't win"- Ronaldo

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrapAPony View Post
    McDermott

    Doherty Long Egan Stevens

    Horgan Meyler Williams O'Dowda

    Burke Robinson
    Interesting that everyone so far is in agreement that Jeff should be dropped

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    Interesting that everyone so far is in agreement that Jeff should be dropped
    There's only 3 of us so far ! It's more in the interest of rotation / trying something different. I think 2 defensive midfielders in Meyler and Williams makes sense. I thought it was a bit crazy playing essentially no DMs against Wales - not unlike the 2nd half of the Denmark game.

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    Is Ward out of the squad?
    I’d imagine he is after that interview anyway if he wasn’t already

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixer82 View Post
    Is Ward out of the squad?
    I’d imagine he is after that interview anyway if he wasn’t already
    Yep, out with a foot injury I think it was. Both the Blackburn lads seem to be out too, I can't remember why though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    There's only 3 of us so far ! It's more in the interest of rotation / trying something different. I think 2 defensive midfielders in Meyler and Williams makes sense. I thought it was a bit crazy playing essentially no DMs against Wales - not unlike the 2nd half of the Denmark game.
    I don't see anyone else kicking down the door to include Jeff. To be fair he is a good player, but he has been begging to be dropped for awhile now

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    coleman ruled out with an ankle injury

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbyrne View Post
    coleman ruled out with an ankle injury
    Luckily two of the three teams submitted so far have called for him to be dropped, so presumably he's no loss.

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    Hard to see how this is going to end well if Lewandowski is playing. It's all set up for a remarkable defensive performance and a draw. But recent results and performances don't really back that up unfortunately.

    I think I'd take a respectable 3-1 now

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    Doubtful, but I hope Lewandowski plays.

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    He's in the squad and it'd be his 100th cap. I'd say he'd be well up for it

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    Watching on the laptop tognight, can anyone recommend a link/website?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    Watching on the laptop tognight, can anyone recommend a link/website?
    skorlive.com

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    Who does Matt Doherty have to sleep with to get a start in an Ireland shirt?

    I’ve seen him wearing gloves playing for Wolves so I’m surprised he’s even made the squad to be honest

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    Don't see a Polish team yet.

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    Everyone talking about Ronan Curtis but how about Aiden O’Brien making his debut tonight. Fair play to him

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