It was cracking altogether. I was wondering what all the players with their ‘bling’ and cool personas made of a drunken old bastard warbling away accompanied by Sharon Shannon and the other bird whose name escapes me.
Re the Kilbane goal winning the award; did you see the other nominations?! One was a tap in header by Robbie Keane against San Marino and the other was Miller’s long range effort against the Swedes. Given Killer’s goal was in a competitive game I think it was a fair enough call actually. It just shows you the dearth of goals we scored last year though!
On the team; totally lost faith too. Can’t believe the difference in less than a year. I remember being positively delighted after that Swedish friendly. We’d actually shown tactical imagination by playing 4-2-3-1, Doyle made his debut, Joey O’Brien too, Keane scored in his first game as captain, Stevie Ireland had a nice little cameo and as starts go it couldn’t have been much better.
Even the good news stories like the 3lads at Reading and Stokes banging in the goals haven’t lifted my spirits. Losing 5 goals to Cyprus is absolutely criminal no matter how you try to dress it up. That’s why I was relatively pleased with the Czech game 4 days later because I didn’t think they’d be able to raise themselves from the complete depths of Cyprus.
That said someone asked me was I up for going to the away double header in Czech Republic/Slovakia in September and I simply don’t have the interest.