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    Bit late on this but thought shields had a great game. I missed the last few minutes as the phone died, is there any highlights?

    Can take a lot of positives and comfort from the fact that, bar individual errors, in the main they have looked more than competitive in 2 out of the 3 games. Event against arsenal they looked organised and well setup and 3-0 wasnt the worst result even if against a B side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oriel View Post
    ... still think that was a game that got away last Thursday, far too many mistakes, and better players / players in better form would have scored those chances I listed.
    I played a grandmaster at chess once, some years ago. I gave that grandmaster a fright when I caught him in a known trap and briefly had an advantage - just as Hoban scored the first goal - it doesn't mean I should have won. I didn't make many mistakes, but I made enough to lose; that's why he's better at chess than me. Dundalk made those mistakes precisely because on a European level, they're a team comprised of limited players. That's no discredit to them: they clearly gave Rapid a good game and can be pleased with much of their performance.

    In another game, last year, I played very well had a small advantage against a master until quite late in the game and was hopeful of getting a draw at least, just as Dundalk were level late in the game against Vienna. Like Dundalk, I had chances for more, but a late error cost me the result. That's what limited players do: we **** up and lose against better players. Not every single time - sometime you play above yourself, sometimes you get lucky - but the mistakes are an integral part of the game; discounting them and dreaming of what might have been is for patzers. Anyway, good luck to Dundalk in the return game in Tallaght or Lansdowne or wherever it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pineapple stu View Post
    I think Arsenal have to stick to players in the squad declared, don't they? So given the bench (Leno, Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Bellerin) was stronger than the side that played, I think ye're stuck with hoping they put out the same team again...
    I think if Dundalk got to hand pick the Arsenal side from their EL squad it'd still be the best team we've played since Zenit

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    Quote Originally Posted by holidaysong View Post
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    No Filippo for tonight; https://www.the42.ie/dundalk-10-5279182-Nov2020/

    Seems like the lack of the necessary coaching qualifications is the issue. Dundalk will have to get him on a pro licence somewhere asap if he's staying on.

    Dundalk seem to be finding some form, it'll be interesting to see if they can build on the away result, or if Rapid will have learned some lessons and come away with a more comfortable win.

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    All quiet ahead of this evening.

    Possibly last-chance saloon for Dundalk to pick up points? Certainly it's the easiest of the last three games. And Dundalk come into it on the back of possibly their best domestic performance of the season too.

    Though I think this one will be decided by who has learnt more from the previous game, where both keepers in particular were truly awful, and I thought both defences were uncomfortable. Will Dundalk be as lucky again as to score with all their shots on target? Or will they create more at home, negating the need to be quite so clinical?

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    Completely forgot about this game,
    Slightly bizarre how quiet it is, part and parcel of the fact its not an "Event" that people will be going to, we are nothing if not event junkies in ireland

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    Quote Originally Posted by passinginterest View Post
    Dundalk seem to be finding some form
    Who knew 1 game constitutes good form nowadays

    Before the win against Bohs they had 5 losses and a draw from their previous 6 games

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Year Contract View Post
    Who knew 1 game constitutes good form nowadays

    Before the win against Bohs they had 5 losses and a draw from their previous 6 games
    It constitutes finding form though. As I said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 Year Contract View Post
    Who knew 1 game constitutes good form nowadays

    Before the win against Bohs they had 5 losses and a draw from their previous 6 games
    That does include the three group stage games in fairness, but still, hadn't realised it was quite that bad. Defeats against Sligo and Waterford, and a draw with Pats

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    Is it just me or is the Europa league theme music great.

    https://youtu.be/KrDmZZ3pYp8

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    I've backed Rapid vienna at 7/5 to win by more than 1 goal (sorry DFC fans but i did back you to qualify against Sherrif)
    Just think Rapid were disrespectful in their approach to the first game and expect them to shape up for this one.

    Since i backed it odds have moved in to evens so i'm not the only one

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    I'd agree with that, I think they will be a very different proposition tonight and will have a point to prove too. Maybe though, get a few decent attacks in early and test the keeper they might sit a bit deeper. I've always tended to less than optimistic in games like this so 0-3 wouldnt be a shock. Can always hope and point = money and maybe some bonus payments for players and after a good win in the cup.

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    The Vienna derby is on this weekend coming, and Rapid lost ground at the top recently, beaten 4-3 by a lower place side. I'm hoping that equates to them perhaps having one eye on that fixture and not playing their strongest team? Wishful thinking, most likely. Still, I think they're ordinary enough for Dundalk to trouble them and maybe sneak a win, if the last encounter between the two is anything to go by.

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    Molde just gone 1-0 down at home to Arsenal. Not hugely surprising, but Dundalk probably want a Molde win which would make it really hard for Rapid to get out of the group.

    As it is, Rapid instead know two wins will see them joint second, when it comes down to head-to-head results v Molde

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    Actually, a quick second for Arsenal as well. 2-0 now

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    3-0 now. Good in that Arsenal are through, Molde still will have plenty to play for. If we did nick a win tonight it might make Molde and Vienna a bit nervous with us having no expectation and can play without pressure. Famous result against Arsenal to progress - we can dream. That Molde pitch plays like a carpet!

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    Good start and then concede from a silly loss of possession. I think Rogers is very questionable for the shot too. It’s a good strike but it’s a long way out and hits the middle of the net, it’s nowhere near top corner but Rogers doesn’t get near it.

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    Hoare was terrible for the goal. Had been a decent enough start for Dundalk up to that. Rogers could maybe have done better too.
    Out for a spell, got neglected, lay on the bench unselected.

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