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Naismith, McGeady and Gibson in Euro2016 qualifying action

by | 11/10/2014  Comments (8)  jump
Aiden McGeady and Darron Gibson were both in the Republic of Ireland team that thrashed Gibraltar 7-0 today as they built on their victory over Georgia last month.

McGeady scored both goals for his country as they won 2-1 in Tbilisi and Martin O'Neill but the Everton winger had to be content with an assist against the European Championship newcomers from the Iberian Peninsula. Gibson also had a goal disallowed.

Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are, of course, missing for the Irish as they recover from injury at Finch Farm.

Steven Naismith, meanwhile, played 80 minutes for Scotland side whose turn it was to face the Georgians. The Scots narrowly lost to Germany in their qualifying group opener but they eked out a 1-0 win this time at Ibrox Park.

Chris Long scored England U20s' first goal as they beat the Netherlands 3-2.  

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Sean Kelly
1 Posted 11/10/2014 at 18:07:07
Nothing to get excited about here. I won't be watching. I'm swapping it for a good meal and a few bevvies.
Andy Meighan
2 Posted 11/10/2014 at 20:29:15
Absolutely no lover of McGeady but he even looked shite against Gibraltar. Every cross hits the first man and, when he slalomed through the mighty Gibroc defence, he still managed to screw his shot horribly wide. IÂ’d love to know what some managers see in some players. This lad unfortunately is not for me...
Sean Kelly
3 Posted 11/10/2014 at 22:51:33
I didn't see him tonite, Andy, but, as the saying goes, you can't polish a turd.
Paul Dark
4 Posted 12/10/2014 at 05:39:18
The case of McGeady is really sad. Not only is he sub-standard, he's a complete liability to the team. He can't deliver a good ball consistently, can't pass, can't tackle, has no defensive sense – and perhaps worst of all, he consistently gives the ball away when we have men committed forward.

The worst of it is that his fortes (whatever they may be) nowhere near compensate for the above catalogue of consistent errors. If our season is to take a turn for the better, this mediocrity of a player must not start again in any competition. Deep in his heart, he must know he's rubbish. I've nothing against him – I just don't want him in an Everton shirt.

Steve Guy
5 Posted 12/10/2014 at 13:00:18
Interestingly the papers' rating of his performance was an 8/10 v Gibraltar.

My own view is that he can be frustrating at times but he scored some great goals and has suffered from a lack of first team starts. Continuity will bring the best out of him.

Kieran Fitzgerald
6 Posted 12/10/2014 at 16:12:26
Good run out for Gibson. More match fitness and a chance to practice his passing.
Brian Hennessy
7 Posted 12/10/2014 at 20:22:37
Despite playing against the worst international team I have ever seen, Gibson had a poor enough game I thought.

His passing is a long way off what it was before his injury. Hopefully it's just lack of games.

Seamus Murphy
8 Posted 13/10/2014 at 11:34:57
I'm no McGeady fan either but some of the posts above are a bit ridiculous. First of all, you have someone saying every cross he put in hit the first man, which just wasn't true, he put in a couple of lovely crosses and the first goal was a pinpoint cross from him to Keane. He also played a lovely through ball to Keane that led to the 4th goal and was involved in the build up for two other goals.

Then you have two other posters who admitted they didn't even see the game having a go at him as well. A bit much really.

As I said, I'm no McGeady fan; he's just too in and out of games, but he's playing as well as he probably ever will at this moment in time and, given the start that he has had to the season, including goals for both Everton and Ireland, I think some of the criticism is over the top

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