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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    Cunningham started for Cardiff at the weekend. He must be getting frustrated given that Williams and Stevens are still in the Championship.
    No, he wasn't even involved with the matchday squad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    Cunningham started for Cardiff at the weekend. He must be getting frustrated given that Williams and Stevens are still in the Championship.
    He was poor for both goals against Burnley. I would cut him too

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetsujin1979 View Post
    No, he wasn't even involved with the matchday squad
    Apologies- must have been the previous game.

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    Really have not been impressed with Cunningham when I’ve seen him. The term flat footed really applies. Always seems one step behind.

    Like much of the Cardiff squad, he looks to be a Chamionship player playing in the Premier League. If he’s our best option, so be it, but I won’t be criticizing O’Neill for leaving him out of final squad.

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    It will be interesting to see what style of football we will TRY and play. We have some competent players on the ball, albeit mostly of Championship ilk, in midfield and midgets for the most part up front, assuming Long won't be fit. We did ok against Poland. Whatever style, let's get back to the quick tempo and put them under pressure style which has served us well in the past rather than sitting back and letting them dictate play.
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    I'm kind of hoping we go 5-3-2 / 5-4-1-1 just to see if that Poland game was any kind of barometer for how it could work or as meaningless as it seemed when watching.

    Something like:

    Randolph
    Doherty Long Duffy Clark/Keogh/Egan Stevens
    Arter Hendrick McClean
    Long
    O'Brien

    Possibly McClean behing O'Brien and O'Dowda coming in. Williams may also deserve the nod over Hendrick/Arter.

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    Zero i thought it was meaningless too, so I'd like to see it against Denmark, especially now as Eriksen is out we can be on the front foot mroe and leave space in behind without being worried about being punished. Like the home leg playoff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    I'm kind of hoping we go 5-3-2 / 5-4-1-1 just to see if that Poland game was any kind of barometer for how it could work or as meaningless as it seemed when watching.

    Something like:

    Randolph
    Doherty Long Duffy Clark/Keogh/Egan Stevens
    Arter Hendrick McClean
    Long
    O'Brien

    Possibly McClean behing O'Brien and O'Dowda coming in. Williams may also deserve the nod over Hendrick/Arter.
    That sounds like an awesome formation, but we might get in a bit of trouble if we tried it - for how long after kick-off do you think we'd get away with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samhaydenjr View Post
    That sounds like an awesome formation, but we might get in a bit of trouble if we tried it - for how long after kick-off do you think we'd get away with it?
    bah, i was thinking 5-4-1, but o'neill tends to go with 2 up front (one target man and one runner) so was then thinking 5-3-1-1... you know what i meant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    I thnk the wales game was Jeffs Waterloo, I think he will be dropped for the danmark game
    Press conference eariler
    Looks like i was wrong and jeff will start tomorrow.. yet again another chance which he doesnt deserve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    Press conference eariler
    Looks like i was wrong and jeff will start tomorrow.. yet again another chance which he doesnt deserve
    Was it explicitly mentioned Hendrick would start? O'Neill brought out Meyler to the news conference before the Wales match and then didn't start him.
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    I can't see how we can fit Mcclean into any side playing 3 at the back. But it might be worth starting him on the bench to see how we look in a competitive game set up that way. It would probably get the best out most players in our squad.

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    Thought about it for a while more.

    I came up with this

    ---------------- Randolph ----------------
    -------- Duffy(c) Williams Egan ---------
    Doherty ------------------------- Stevens
    ------------ Arter - Hourihane -----------
    ---------------- Hendrick -----------------
    ------------ Maguire Robinson -----------

    Doherty has to start and we looked better with the back 3 against Poland.

    With 3 at the back i think it's of benefit to have one of the 3 be a ball player than the typical Irish centre back. It would be great to have someone who can step out of defence with the ball and give it to Arter etc. We all know how difficult we've found it to play that 10 yard pass in the last few years. Ideally Rice will take this role for if we go with a back 3 in future, but Coleman could be another option if he isn't available to us. But for tomorrow Williams is available and has played there before from what i can work out so I'd give him a go as a shot to nothing.

    Hourihane gets the nod in midfield as he offers balance and a threat from self pieces, and I'm going with the established partnership from Preston up front.
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    What's the clamour for Williams? He has 6 Championship appearances this season. I would much rather see Lenihan get a start. Looked good in the match in the US and has been ever-present for Blackburn.

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    Williams was excellent against Poland and did what we’ve been crying out for our midfielders to do for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fixer82 View Post
    Williams was excellent against Poland and did what we’ve been crying out for our midfielders to do for a long time.
    I assumed he meant Derrick as opposed to Shaun. He meant Shaun so, I'll assume. In that case, I would definitely start Shaun but in midfield. I don't see what Hourihane has done to merit starting in midfield ahead of Williams. I know he's older but at least he can play a part in this campaign. Hourihane is hardly one for the long-term and needs to show more.

    I would love to see Browne getting a good run. I don't think he has done much to merit starting based on past appearances but his age and form for Preston make me think he's worth persisting with for the long-term.

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    I picked Hourihane in midfield as he is younger and is excellent at taking direct free-kick. Think Robbie Brady, with the one slight difference being that they go in fairly regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    I assumed he meant Derrick as opposed to Shaun. He meant Shaun so, I'll assume. In that case, I would definitely start Shaun but in midfield. I don't see what Hourihane has done to merit starting in midfield ahead of Williams. I know he's older but at least he can play a part in this campaign. Hourihane is hardly one for the long-term and needs to show more.

    I would love to see Browne getting a good run. I don't think he has done much to merit starting based on past appearances but his age and form for Preston make me think he's worth persisting with for the long-term.
    Agree

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