Everton quartet in Euro2016 action

by | 12/10/2015  31 Comments  [Jump to last]
Seamus Coleman returned from injury to play the full 90 minutes alongside James McCarthy in the Republic of Ireland's 2-1 defeat in Poland.

The result was not enough to earn the Irish an automatic qualification place for next summer's European Championship Finals in France; Martin O'Neill's men needed at least a draw but were beaten by a Robert Lewandowski goal three minutes before half-time.

Aiden McGeady came on as a second-half substitute but he couldn't help Ireland get the equaliser they needed to progress.

Coleman's ability to come through the full game apparently without any reaction in his hamstring is good news for Everton, however, as Roberto Martinez looks ahead to the visit of Manchester United next weekend.

Coleman has missed the last four games with the soft-tissue complaint but should be back in contention for a place on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Steven Naismith scored his sixth goal for Scotland in their 6-0 win in Gibraltar. Apart from Steven Fletcher scoring the first Scottish hat-trick away from home for the first time in almost 60 years, the game was meaningless as both teams were already eliminated from contention for Euro2016.  

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Antony Matthews
1 Posted 11/10/2015 at 20:00:51
1-0 down. Fetch on McGeady . NOT.
Antony Matthews
2 Posted 11/10/2015 at 20:03:54
1-1 maybe Aiden McGeady could score the winner. Then we could flog him for lots in January.
Craig Fletcher
3 Posted 11/10/2015 at 20:05:24
Only 18 minutes in; probably the most open international game I've seen in an age! There'll be more goals in this.
Colin Glassar
4 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:04:23
Three Everton players on the pitch now.
Craig Fletcher
5 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:17:04
Coleman's defending has been superb tonight; sadly ROI haven't used him much going forward. McCarthy doing ok but not as influential as he was against the Germans three days ago.
Colin Glassar
6 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:21:09
They bring on McGeady then only pass the ball to him once in 10 minutes!!!
Craig Fletcher
7 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:26:55
And when they do get the ball to McGeady, Colin, he puts in a superb cross that Keogh really should have scored from. Somehow McGeady always looks twice the player in international football than he does at club level.
Craig Fletcher
8 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:26:56
And when they do get the ball to McGeady Colin, he puts in a superb cross that Keogh really should have scored from. Somehow McGeady always looks twice the player in international football than he does at club level.
Colin Glassar
9 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:32:47
I always remember years ago watching a young lad playing for Wolves and then Coventry and thinking to myself, "This kid can play and would be great for Everton".

Yes, you've guessed it, Robbie Keane. Why we never went in for him is beyond me.

Colin Glassar
10 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:35:13
That Brady lad is rubbish.
Mike Corcoran
11 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:36:14
Go right the left is gasher
Barry McNally
12 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:43:11
Colin, Keane has always dreamt of paying for Everton.
Ciaran Duff
13 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:46:44
Thought Coleman was excellent defensively tonight. McCarthy did his usual job and McGeady (when he got the ball) showed a glimpse of what he can do.

One thing that puzzles me is why Ireland didn't give Gibson a run. They have very little distribution from the middle and Gibbo is ideal in that role especially if you are going looking for a result.

Tim O'Connell
14 Posted 11/10/2015 at 21:49:16
Disappointing. Brady was awful followed by Walters Hendrick and O'Shea. Seamus was the only quality for the Irish and he was not used at all offensively. It was just hoofed up without trying to go wide - I'm part Irish so hence the frustration.

Surely gibbo should have played - well at least they have got another chance - and the Irish rugby was good!

Ray Roche
15 Posted 11/10/2015 at 22:26:01

Thanks, Frank, very informative.

Shane Corcoran
16 Posted 11/10/2015 at 22:54:09
Ciaran (#43), McCarthy did his usual job tonight. The one where he doesn't want the ball?

We have Whelan and McCarthy in midfield; one who tries to pass it and can't and one who doesn't want the ball. Then again, maybe it's O'Neill who's telling them what to do.

Coleman was outstanding considering the football he's missed.

McGeady got the ball twice. One sublime cross and then he kicks and identical position out of play. Sums him up.

After the heroic display on Thursday where he played Hoolahan and Brady in midfield and let them play it's back to the usual shite tonight.

Trapp, Part 2.

Andy Crooks
17 Posted 12/10/2015 at 00:41:12
Shane, agree entirely. It's hard to be upbeat after a match that was so winnable but never looked like it.

What is the programme for the play-offs? Are we not looking at the like of Israel or Hungary?

Ciaran Duff
18 Posted 12/10/2015 at 06:41:09
Shane, I meant that Jimmy Mc was doing his main job of breaking up play. As I said, there was very little creativity in midfield so I'm not sure what else he was meant to do. If they had Gibson playing alongside him, then I think that would have been a more balanced and creative setup.

Andy, Poland are a very good team with far better quality players than RoI (half of our team are playing in the Championship). They needed a result and were playing at home. So, I wouldn't say this game was ever going to be easy to win. Still, I do agree that we didn't really set up to give ourselves the best chance.

Shane Corcoran
19 Posted 12/10/2015 at 07:56:29
Ciaran, he could demand the ball when Ireland have it is what he could do. I agree that Gibson could have started if Hoolahan wasn't fit.

I disagree that Poland are a much better team. They have Lewandowski and the lad from Sevilla that committed about a dozen fouls without a yellow card. They were missing three players. But you have to try to win.

Shane Corcoran
20 Posted 12/10/2015 at 08:15:05
Andy, not sure on the playoffs. Can't bring myself to consider it. I thought you were from the north?
Trevor Lynes
21 Posted 12/10/2015 at 09:06:15
Creativity and McCarthy are two words that seemingly do not go together. Why I do not know, as it is a basic skill in football.Breaking up play and decent distribution is the same job for any midfielder.
William Cartwright
23 Posted 12/10/2015 at 16:21:49
Off topic, but, just watched the highlights of Everton v Manure on Everton TV. Didn't realize Martin Atkinson was the referee who blew up to signal the end of the match when Everton were in full charge onto Manure's goal after scoring 2 goals in extra time. Moyes quite rightly went ballistic. So now we know why Lucas Levia wasn't sent off last week.
Harold Matthews
24 Posted 12/10/2015 at 16:59:52
My late gran was Nellie Kelly from county Cork so, like most people up in the North West, I have to give the Republic a shout.

A brave effort after a tremendous battle in the previous match. Surprised to see Long on so early. Brought on late, for club and for country, he always makes a difference. The perfect player to take on tired legs.

Will O'Shea and Walters miss the play-off game? Looks like they might.

Tony Abrahams
25 Posted 12/10/2015 at 18:05:46
William, Atkinson hates us, I've never seen him give us anything, except that serious fucking ventriloquist's face.

Shane, I saw McCarthy asking for the ball plenty of times, but he never got it. I agree when he did, he just kept keeping it simple; it's the way Martinez has coached him.

I thought Coleman, defended really well, and although Ireland battled well, they were let down by a lack of real quality.

What's happened with Roy Keane, who I didn't see on the bench for either of the two matches?

Shane Corcoran
26 Posted 13/10/2015 at 11:04:05
Tony, I'll have to take your word for it. When Hoolahan wanted the ball last Thursday, he got it.
Mark Fitzgerald
27 Posted 13/10/2015 at 14:03:32
Harold, pleased to hear of that Irish connection and especially pleased that it's with my own county of Cork.

Yes, that duo are suspended for the playoff match. O'Shea ain't top class but we're pretty thin in the CB ranks. Walters is probably a bigger loss as he always puts in a full shift and is as likely as any of them to score.

The playoff draw will have a big bearing on our chances. We don't have the best playoff record but should be damn glad to be still in with a chance of qualifying.

Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 13/10/2015 at 14:18:29
I watched both games and thought McCarthy was much better on Thursday night, he's definitely more suited to that role.

Maybe McCarthy didn't get the ball as much as Hoolihan because the Irish players know that James McCarthy will probably give it back to them after he's received the pass?

Very hard to play one role on a Thursday night, then be asked to play another on the Sunday. Especially when you excelled in your better position in the first game.

I don't mind Hoolihan, Shane; he tries to play, but if he didn't, I'm not sure he would have much value for the team.

Thanks for letting us know about Roy Keane.

Shane Corcoran
29 Posted 13/10/2015 at 16:38:34
Tony, I don't understand your point about Hoolahan: "He tries to play, but if he didn't, I'm not sure he would have much value for the team."

Am I missing something? His work rate and aggression against the Germans put to bed the theory that players can only do one side of the game.

I'm also not sure what the Keane remark is about. Is that sarcasm? I didn't notice your question first time around but he was definitely on the bench for both games.

Tony Abrahams
30 Posted 13/10/2015 at 17:25:16
I never saw Roy Keane on the bench, Shane, sorry... it must have been me who missed something.

Don't know what you don't understand about me liking someone because they try to play, but I'm not sure that Wes would be effective, for his work rate and aggression, over a period of time.

I thought McCarthy was Ireland's, best player against Germany, but agree Hoolihan, was the one who was trying to make it happen with the ball.

Against Poland, I saw McCarthy ask for the ball plenty of times, but your right, he maybe didn't DEMAND IT... I honestly think that he never got it, because players know, he will probably give them it back, and that was your biggest problem to me the other night.

Whether it was because of a distinct lack of quality, or players being nervous, not enough Irishmen really wanted the ball the other night, and that is probably the reason they never got a result.

Good honest players, but mostly limited; I hope they get a good draw, because the boys in green always add something to a major tournament, even if it's mostly off the pitch.

Shane Corcoran
31 Posted 13/10/2015 at 23:18:17
Tony, wires crossed somewhere. You had thanked me for letting you know about Roy Keane in your previous post when I hadn't mentioned him at that stage. Not to worry.
Tony Abrahams
32 Posted 14/10/2015 at 07:53:46
Thanks, Shane, I wasn't aware you never read my question. I hope IRELAND qualify for France...

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