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    Quote Originally Posted by Jd2793 View Post
    no. never has been.
    The man has never once let us down. he is an all star no, but lets judge him on his Irish performances

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    McGrath is a solid squad option, Made an absolutely terrible choice to go to Wigan and derailed his career a bit, but has rebuilt and is doing just fine. He might not have been an international footballer in another generation, but that's not his fault, he's definitely a good squad option until some people come along and prove they're considerably better, and not many really have yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggs246 View Post
    The man has never once let us down. he is an all star no, but lets judge him on his Irish performances
    Yup himself and Browne for some reason take an awful lot of **** from many fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR89 View Post
    Yup himself and Browne for some reason take an awful lot of **** from many fans.
    browne is far better infairness just a pity managers decide to use him closer to our goal and not the opponents one. mcgrath is a grafter but hes a poor version of knight. shows how poor our midfield options are really that hes even seen as a squad option

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    Parrott, Scales and O'Brien in for Azaz, Duffy and Doherty

    Fairly conservative selection, but probably not a game to be making too many changes really

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    .........…..............Kelleher
    ............O'Brien O'Shea Scales
    Coleman Smallbone Cullen Brady
    .................Parrott Idah Szmodics

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    Awful goal to give away.

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    Men against boys really, isn't it?

    That 5-minute spell around the half-hour mark aside, we've offered very little up front and are really struggling to hold on to the ball. The goal was a bad one to give away but we can't really complain about the score at all. There's more there if Portugal want it.

    Hard to see the England game in September being much different, other than that it's a competitive game rather than a pre-finals one.

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    not too bad overall. jake o'brien has impressed, it will be difficult to leave him out in future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    not too bad overall. jake o'brien has impressed, it will be difficult to leave him out in future.
    not bad? that was tragic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jd2793 View Post
    not bad? that was tragic.
    what did you expect? there were a number of posters on here predicting a hammering. their quality is far above ours.

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    Not a whole lot to shout about. I think Szmodics has been fairly poor on the ball in the bits we've seen of him again.

    After all the crying about him, he may not be much of an answer to our problems.

    O'Brien has been decent again. Would look forward to seeing him alongside the likes of Omobamidele and Collins going forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zero View Post
    what did you expect? there were a number of posters on here predicting a hammering. their quality is far above ours.
    eh maybe not letting them stroll into the box at will? they should be 3 up. yes they are miles better than us quality wise but i thought the whole deal with oshea was that he'd be pragmatic and make us tough to break down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigel-harps1954 View Post
    Not a whole lot to shout about. I think Szmodics has been fairly poor on the ball in the bits we've seen of him again.
    He has, yeah. Feeding off scraps in fairness, but still.

    Don't forget the talk is of Cannon making his debut at some stage too. If we can't get the ball up to him, that'll be a bit of a waste of time.

    Five changes for Portugal, but Ronaldo staying on. Portugal aren't in top gear here at all I think, but Ronaldo will keep them pushing for all that.

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    Crikey - first minute of the second half, and Brady clears to half-way but we've no-one near, and their keeper comes for it instead...

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    Anyone that thinks O'Shea should get the Irish job based on his credentials and the recent Irish fixtures he's been in charge clearly have their own personal interests at heart and not the interests of Irish football. There has been nothing we've seen on the pitch that suggest O'Shea is up to the task and all its done is confirm how out of his depth he is at this level. If you look at the individual performances of the players how many have improved or play better for Ireland than they do for their club? Little to no-one..., that alone should tell you all you need to know about O'Shea as a manager and don't get me started on the tactics which are just as bad if not worse.


    Sadly though I do think its all a formality, don't think the like of McClean, Kelly and Hamman on TV and the likes of Coleman lauding O'Shea and saying he should be the manager is by accident or a coincidence...this is all just a convenient set up, with involvement from the FAI behind the scenes no doubt, to create a scenario that they can give O'Shea the job permanently and make it look like an informed decision and not because in reality they never had anyone else to begin with and we can forget the utter embarrassment of a selection process. Unfortunately for him Irish fans arent as dumb as he thinks we are and we will see right through this crap but the average person sitting at home things anyone on RTE is an expect and will believe the aforementioned pundits and support the decision which is by design.
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    you have to feel o'shea is one more portugal goal away from never managing ireland again.

    and there it is.

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    As horrible as it sounds, this needs to happen. Its clear after 4 games that O'Shea is totally out of his depth. We cant have a situation where Canham can use these friendlies as a excuse to hire O'Shea, if anything a big beating might be needed as a way of counter the absolute fluke of a win O'Shea managed last week.

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    Regardless of who the manager is I just don’t think the performance levels would be much different. The lack of quality in the Irish team is just so obvious, particularly in centre midfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fly View Post
    Regardless of who the manager is I just don’t think the performance levels would be much different. The lack of quality in the Irish team is just so obvious, particularly in centre midfield.
    we did much better vs portugal in 2021+22. cant believe how much we've gone back since.

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