Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Sitting ducks missed

Perhaps now we really should be worried.

Despite lining up for the Republic of Ireland tonight against the international side with the most accommodating defence in Europe, San Marino, our goalshy winger-cum-striker Damien Duff still couldn't find the back of the net. They'd conceded 20 in their last two matches, and Duff's teammates managed to score five times without reply, Robbie Keane notching a hat-trick. I prescribe some intensive shooting practice.

At the other end Shay Given was making his return from the perforated bowel inflicted upon him (accidentally, it has to be said) by Marlon Harewood back in mid September. Whether Glenn Roeder was happy for him to return in this fashion is unclear, despite Steve Staunton's protestations that he was, but at least he kept a clean sheet.

Defensive solidity hasn't been our problem at club level of late, though - scoring has. Might things change on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium? We live in (misguided) hope...


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