Lessons learned from Friday experiment


After every experimental line-up (such as Friday’s), it’s tempting to ask what the manager learned from the experience.

The partnerships on the left and right wings didn’t look right.  Emilio Izaguirre didn’t overlap as often as usual and Stuart Armstrong was less effective than normal.  A lack of space impacted the James Forrest-Adam Matthews partnership on the right.  Forrest was manhandled until he switched left or got inside the box, when he was able to play unhindered.

Ineffectiveness on the wings led to the same up front.  Anthony Stokes doesn’t get to play centre forward too often and didn’t really get much of a chance on Friday.  Stokes anonymity was the most glaring aspect of the game but I suspect the responsibility lies elsewhere.

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  1. Lennybhoy, Know that trek well. West Cork, Skibereen, Schull etc brilliant as well. Gods’s Country.

  2. Keeping the faith



    At 3.33 in that link for love street my ugly coupon appears with a big smile then a few seconds of celebrating so thanks for posting it.



    Roycroppie great PIC of the enclosure bhoys, went on same bus from ek as 4 of the guys on front row

  3. clogher celt,



    I might have my daughter, bhoy and a few of their friends tagging along…chill :)) I’ll sort the digs out for us…just mail me the meet up nearer the time.HH

  4. !!Bada Bing!! on




    21:19 on 5 April, 201582 League cup final.Think it was November? Anyway, had tickets but also had the flu.Was in the good old days when finals were on a Saturday.Tried to persuade my father I was ok enough to go to the game but he wasn’t having any of it.Fair play to him it was belting doon



    4 Dec 1982 LC Final beat Oldco 2-1,my 21st birthday,what a present.HH Was bucketing the whole game

  5. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Jamesgang quitessential always reminds me of the banner at ibrox a few years ago, about them being the quintessentially british club. Haha and ha.



    The british club who wouldn’t pay british tax

  6. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Lennybhoy-i Know Jim Stewart was in goals that day mate,Campbell Money was a coach with St Mirren at the time i’m sure.He was going nuts….:)) HH

  7. Keeping The Faith on

    I’ve just watched it again myself Dr M and clearly saw my dearly departed brother with hoops on and scarf held high at 3:50, id usually break down at this point but just feel proud.


    Also saw the big man once on C4 when they did GAA walking out of croke park with the hoops on.. Was a bit gobsmacked as I thought he was upstairs sleeping off a hangover !

  8. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Motherwell with McDonald , Pearson and Big Mick will not lie down to Huns


    PF AYR



    The game in question is much too important for anyone to simply lie down.



    Relegation would mean huge pay cuts-at least!-for all concerned. That will mean more than anything else on the day.



    I hope!!

  10. keeping the faith



    I got a lump in my throat reading your post….Yer brother will be smiling down knowing the treble is on and some wee diddy team rejoice in going second in the first division. HH

  11. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    What’s the craic with McNamara getting a cut of transfer fees ????

  12. keeping the faith



    22:11 on 5 April, 2015


    CorkCelt on 3:33 in this video the news come through on the old wireless .. The rest is worth watching too








    Loved that.


    Who’s that young wingback at No2.


    Looks like he can play a bit.


    Get him signed up.



    Great strip.


    Great goals.


    Crap pitch


    Great memories



    HH jamesgang

  13. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bada bing talking of campbell money, do you remember the joke going around in the late eigthies about players playing in the premier league whose name had an association with money. Campbell money being the obvious one.

  14. Tricoloured Ribbon on

    That pitch atTannadice is an utter disgrace.


    No wonder Ronny has been complaining.

  15. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bada i should have said was associated with betting not money. Sorry.

  16. Thanks Sipsini,



    I think it will be a great time to bring the family. I will come back to you.



    Thanks again,






    If you have time drop me an e mail at, dublin2016@mail.com. I am just trying to keep an eye on numbers and make sure that fellow posters are involved.



    Thanks again,




  17. dallas dallas where the heck is dallas









    I was never in your league. I’m Barclays premiership. You’re up there with Messi!



    KTF. Ktf pal. I’m sure he will be smiling on you.



    HH jamesgang

  18. Keeping the faith



    Its good to have those memories especially of loved ones who are no longer with us.



    The story of your brother being somewhere when you thought he was someone else reminds me of meeting a workmate in the middle of Trafalgar square full of bhoys at 8 in the morning for o’learys testimonial and he was looking for a phone box to get a days leave.

  19. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    It was a cracker, i offered davie odds as an answer but wasn’t accepted. Lol

  20. Clogher, Have you any rough plan of campaign worked out yet. I heard you mention basing some part of the trip in Drogheda.

  21. Corkcelt



    I’ve seen the plans mhate.



    Reads like this:



    1. Gazebo – big wan


    2. Garden for gazebo (Speak nicely to Corkcelt)


    3. Guinness, shed loads .


    4. Keep repeating 3 till we all fall down.


    5. Remove ACGR from the still cos it’s empty


    6. Fried breakfasts x 60. (speak nicely to Corkcelt)



    Sounds to me like it’s sorted Bud!



    HH jamesgang

  22. Jamesgang,



    My kids are worse than my ma was…I can’t talk to a female without a look, then the shake of the head… Da, you could get better…in other words…Da, mind you’ve to pay my mobile phone and make the dinner :((



    Still, they’re my wee pests. God love them…arghhh :)

  23. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Mini BT reminded me she will be 16 next year for Easter in Dublin


    It’s going to be hard getting over without my ghirls

  24. Sips



    Wee bams, God love them!


    I’ll be the same. I’ll be very protective of you! Only the best for the Sips-meister dontchaknow!



    HH jamesgang

  25. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Well done to young josh leading the hoops and scoring

  26. jamesgang, Looks like I’ll have to rethink my 2016 Holiday plans.