Thursday, 14 June 2012
Time to hold your breath
But today is Ireland vs. Spain. The build up this time is a lot more muted. And in the interests of putting a positive spin on things that's probably a good thing. Because when you think of it some of our most memorable performances have come when our backs are against the wall and nobody gave us a prayer (examples being vs. England in Euro 88, vs. Italy in US 94, vs. France in the world cup play off ). It is the lack of hype and expectation which has brought out the best in us in the past and hopefully it will be the same tonight. The hype in the build up to Croatia was summed up with an RTE poll where 85% of people thought we'd win.
Here's a link to an article outlining how we might beat the best team in the world later this evening.
The three ways Ireland can do this include: getting McGeady out wide, set-pieces and big Jon Walters. Unfortunately by the sound of things these three points may be reduced to two as the latest rumours coming from the camp indicate that it will be Cox, not Walters who starts tonight.
Cox will give us more pace up front and Keane will probably drop back into midfield. But the lack of a target man to hold up the ball following long punts from O'Shea and the likes could mean the ball will just keep coming back to the weary defenders. This is a very risky strategy. Maybe we need a Plan C? Time to hold your breath....