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    They'll have to look back on this tie and think. How did we lose it so easily. Massive regrets.

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    Celtic knocked out of the CL by the Romanian side beaten 5-0 by Dudelange last season

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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Celtic knocked out of the CL by the Romanian side beaten 5-0 by Dudelange last season
    Shows how poor their competition in the SPL is, they have scored a dozen goals in two games.

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    Hoban scored the pen on 72 mins they'd have had 25 mins almost to score 2 goals....instead they succumb to another goal as I'm typing this. : rolleyes:

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    Slovan just so much more purposeful and clinical in attack, whereas Dundalk are fairly aimless.

    Dundalk are not the side they were a few years ago, but given the losses in players and manager, that's no surprise really.

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    Dundalk were really awful for most of that game tonight.

    Let's hope it destroys their confidence altogether and Harps can hand out another hammering on Friday night.

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    Cluj have a co-efficient this year of just 3.5.
    Knocked out Astana, Maccabi Tell Aviv and now Celtic. No mean feat to knock out 3 seeded teams.
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    Thank God that's over. 2016 was a blip it seems.

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    Be some craic if Linfield knock out Qarabag
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    Wow, that was poor. Very disappointing performance from Dundalk against good but by no means special opposition. The clinical collectivity we associate with Dundalk at their best was missing. Really amateurish display all round.
    Comes back to expectations, while they are easily the best team in Ireland they are a long way off progressing in Europe, where do they want to go ? And are PEAK6 willing to fund it ? Stick or twist.

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    Stick ...in a year's time they would be parachuting into a playoff for EL2 group stages or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marinobohs View Post
    Wow, that was poor. Very disappointing performance from Dundalk against good but by no means special opposition. The clinical collectivity we associate with Dundalk at their best was missing. Really amateurish display all round.
    Comes back to expectations, while they are easily the best team in Ireland they are a long way off progressing in Europe, where do they want to go ? And are PEAK6 willing to fund it ? Stick or twist.
    For Peak6 to pull out now would surely be akin to writing off a minor loss on the whole project ? So why would they do that ?

    Instead they can use the money form Europe this year to pay for another roll of the dice next year. What have they got to lose ? It's not like they're blowing a load of their onw money on the team. And sooner or later they'll get an easy route into the group stages again.

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    Hoban should grab whatever contract is on the table now and sign asap. A guy who has 6 goals from play all season for a team running away with the league......is he deluded that there are teams lining up to a sign a gu yh who has failed everywhere else??
    Players and agents frequently believe in themselves to be better than they are.....he is a classic example

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    Certain Dundalk fans are not going to like me saying this but the parallels between Perth and Bradley during his first year in charge are uncanny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul_oshea View Post
    The winner in round 4 or 3? Does that mean linfield are guaranteed the Europa League group stages? What's been their transformation? Just hery?
    Hery has been good but we've a lot more to our team than just him. Shayne Lavery is the lad to keep an eye on. He's only 20, strong, pacey, great work ethic and hugely talented.

    Joel Cooper a fantastic winger, we literally have 2 back 4s that would be first team starters at every team in the IL.

    Kearns, mulgrew, fallon, kirk Miller, Jordan Stewart, waterworth etc all very talented footballers.

    We just have a good squad. Hery coming in helps enhance it and he's a lovely player to watch, but he does have negatives that makes me understand why he's playing on this island and not at a much higher level.

    He can't tackle, he's not particularly quick and his heading is poor. But despite that his positives do outweigh is negatives massively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbgawa View Post
    Hoban should grab whatever contract is on the table now and sign asap. A guy who has 6 goals from play all season for a team running away with the league......is he deluded that there are teams lining up to a sign a gu yh who has failed everywhere else??
    Players and agents frequently believe in themselves to be better than they are.....he is a classic example
    You sure he isnt the hatstand Rovers are looking for? Careful what you say though as it isnt the craziest possibility that he ends up at Tallaght ;p

    On the game tonight, started brightly and created some good attacking opportunities. A mix of aimless drilling it across the box without looking up to try and pick out a player, annoying slow lofted crosses that any half decent keeper will deal with, them having a very good keeper, and even that lack of luck where a ball could take a nick off somone and sends it in the net. Murray I thought was looking one of the better players 1st half so surprised to see him subbed at HT. Hoare helped shoar things up at the back a bit.

    We got not one but 2 clamity LoI in Europe goals tonight, arguably against the run of play, and from lightening quick breaks or ball over the top that should have been dealt with. Dunno what the set up was that ened up with Murray and Sheilds in the centrehalfs postitions at one point. Duffy looked a little more like himself - maybe no coincidence that as his partner in crime has departed (all to be revealed tomorrow supposedly). Shields did his usual job quite well and wasnt too sloppy. We just lacked the guile to unlock their defence. Fats was up to it for the first time really this season when he came on. 4 or 5 corners in a row showed that were were putting pressure on but were not getting at them with the set piece. LoI teams need some luck along with a performance to progress and we lacked the bit of luck. Some might say the ref let the play run but I thought he was quite weak on persistant/professional foul/kicking the ball away and so on, he was slow getting cards out.

    On matchnight arrangements or SDCC operations management at Tallaght left a lot to be desired tonight. Issues that were easily solved with some proper thinking. Things werent helped that some tickets and all smartphone tickets couldnt be scanned. Long queues develped with only one turnstyle open until a few mins before the game kicked off. There was a lot of confusuion on seating arrangements as even block allocations werent in use. Large groups were arriving in to the North Stand that there didnt seem to be room for. People booked sections on halfway line ended up at the end of the stand after trying to get to their designated setcion which was barriered off. It caused enough concern to have all the suits over to try and manage things. A bunch of Slovan fans were allowed in only to find out that they were not able to move to the away section their tickets were for. There was a fence up against the seats in one of the disabled areas at the front, It meant that people accompanying wheelchair users had to stand. It was just there in the way not serving any purpose. I asked Mr Suit 'Ground Opporations Manage' (his claimed title) if the fencing could be shifted even spinning it 180degrees against another barrier would have cleared the area with miminal inconvenience. I was told the wheelchair users would just have to move but all other sections were full. One of the Gardaí radioed about getting the fence moved and he got no joy either. Silly thing but showed a disregard for disabled spectators and unwillingness to fix in the most easy manner. Pictures say it all so maybe a tweet to SDCC is in order! Dunno what it was like in other areas in general but the set up in the area opposite end of the stand from Away fans caused plenty of confusion and frustration and when added to blocking access to disable area needed, and the 20 Slovan fans let in the home section and were desperate for barriers to be moved so they could joing their own fans was also strange for getting in to the worng section at all or not being directed to their entry point.

    Very small grumble was the lack of programmes yet we were in the ground with 10-15mins to KO. Must have sold out very quickly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    Dundalk apparently controlling large parts of their game but ultimately unable to score over 210 minutes - against ten men for a small part of that - is a bit worrying.

    I suppose the point is that Qarabag are a better side than Riga, and are going to be tougher to score against. If ye struggled to score against Riga - and to be honest, from the bits I watched, there weren't that many clear-cut chances created - then it's going to be a bigger struggle against Qarabag. And will ye keep a clean sheet against them?
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    A bit worrying?

    I'd certainly preferred if they had scored a goal or two over the two legs, but it is encouraging to have kept clean sheets and performed solidly from a defensive perspective. Going through on penos versus a single goal win on aggregate hardly changes the outlook much for the next leg.

    Progression to the next room was the always aim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oriel View Post
    I`m certainly not worried that Dundalk failed to score over 120 mins, we also kept a clean sheet in two games, still looked the most likely to win it the other night, and eventuallly kept our never to win on pens, and coped without our best player. All of this was acheived by playing just ok, so there is room for improvement, thats for sure.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nesta99 View Post
    We seemed a bit toothless but between the way Riga sat in and having to rush some players back from injury, Duffy having to leave from the airport and Hoban not firing by former standards a low scoring tie was expected, 0-0 and winning on penos was too close of course. To have a penalty shoot-out under the belt is handy and will have built confidence. We also know there is a lot more football and goals in this Dundalk side and with 2 more games in CL alone we will play in to better form.
    Quote Originally Posted by oriel View Post
    I think a lot is being made of Dundalk's failure to score, and remember this is only one of 3 away games since 2014 they have failed to, would have been a fair few games too in that period as last wed was the 70th in total.

    Dundalk played 'just ok' anyone who saw both or one of the games will have seen that, but its not really that big of a deal, they got through, that's all that matters, they and everyone knows they will need to up their game big time to have even a chance v Qarabag.
    Interesting bit of psychology in the posts above - interesting how far fans will go to ignore an obvious deficit in their own club. But that deficit has been flagged a number of times in the games since.

    (Not getting at Dundalk fans specifically; we're all guilty of it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RathfarnhamHoop View Post
    Certain Dundalk fans are not going to like me saying this but the parallels between Perth and Bradley during his first year in charge are uncanny.
    So, if Vinny Perth emulates him we can look forward to similar success in the coming seasons?

    I can only dream about winning the Leinster Senior Cup and regular 3rd place finishes

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    Where was Dean Jarvis last nite and what's the rumour going around about him? Ment to be getting released today from Dundalk

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    Quote Originally Posted by RathfarnhamHoop View Post
    Certain Dundalk fans are not going to like me saying this but the parallels between Perth and Bradley during his first year in charge are uncanny.
    Yeh, I remember the way Bradser strolled to the league title alright

    Dundalk just not good enough last night though. Maybe that was the parallel RH was seeing?
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