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  1. Given some of the teams we could've drawn, it's not a bad draw. It could've been much worse - certainly Slovenia and Slovakia, while difficult, are winnable home and away. And you'd like to fancy our chances of 6 points against Lithuania and Malta. On that basis, and the fact I haven't been to any of those countries, I'm quite content. As for England, I'd have rather avoided them for a few reasons; I'm not sure I can be bothered with the circus that's going to surround them, and the Wembley trip I don't think will be as fun as 2013. After the November game, the novelty had worn off for me and it showed we have to improve to have a chance of taking points off them. While we can, I suspect that they will win the group and second place is more realistic. But, when you look for example at the group the Dutch are in, I think overall we have to be pretty content.
  2. Completely agree regarding the goals we're losing - they were preventable last night and that was the most disappointing thing about it. For the second we had opportunites to clear and didn't, and for the third there was no-one tracking the runner before the ball was pulled back to Rooney. Last night was disappointing but, as much as it pains me, you have to credit England for their approach to it. They were up for it right from the off and chased all night - watching Rooney hare back into his own half to make a tackle at 2-0 with 10 minutes to go summed them up. They played with the intensity that we needed to and I think their fast start in taking a grip of the ball ensured our support was subdued throughout. The energy levels weren't there as compared to the Ireland game which I think, rightly or wrongly, has had an effect mentally and physically on the team. Perhaps Strachan could've freshened the team up a bit but would it have made much difference? As said, this was our poorest display for over a year and probably England's best. Their players playing at the top level showed up and were the difference - much as I think he's a total scrote, Wilshere was excellent. Defensively I'm still concerned that we lack depth there. We need a dominating centre half (not a slight on Hanley or Martin) but neither strike me as the type to really organise the backline like a Colin Hendry used to. We made it difficult for ourselves by making too many mistakes and conceding possession too easily. Brown didn't have his best night in midfield while we didn't get the ball to Maloney enough. Up front we miss Steven Fletcher in a big way - Martin just can't hold it or link the play as well as he does. Naismith had an off night too. On the positive though, Andy Robertson I felt did well (took his goal brilliantly) and Anya looked a threat first half. I thought Stevie May and Johnny Russell did well when they went on and should surely not have done their chances of future involvement any harm. It's disappointing to lose but the big game was Friday and we got the result we needed. We can't let this overshadow the fact we've had a really good year, are playing some good football and have given ourselves a real platform for the rest of the qualifying campaign. Roll on Gibraltar in March.
  3. To be fair to McCarthy, I was at Everton's match at Sunderland (I watch a fair bit of Everton) and he was struggling in the last 5-10 minutes. When he went down, everyone assumed it was cramp, especially as he was able to get back on the line to make a clearance in the last seconds. It will be interesting if he's back in the Everton squad for the West Ham game on the 22nd. Good news for us as he's been fantastic for Everton. Does a lot of untidy / "dirty" work if you like but does it very well. He and Robbie Keane, for me anyway, were the two Irish players to be most wary of. Whether he regrets the decision to play for them he only knows but him being out can only benefit us and allow Brown and Co to take hold in the middle of the park.