Naismith was again named in Gordon Strachan's starting XI for Scotland as they drew 2-2 with Poland in Warsaw. Robert Lewandowski put the home side 1-0 up, Shaun Maloney levelled in the first half before Naismith put the Scots into the lead in the 57th minute.
The forward got the merest of touches on a dangerous ball into the Polish area to guide it past Wojciech Szczesny.
Unfortunately for Scotland, Arkadiusz Milik equalised with a terrific shot shortly after Naismith was substituted.
McGeady, meanwhile, was the only one of Everton's four regular Republic of Ireland internationals to face Germany from the start in Gelsenkirchen.
James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman missed out through injury while Gibson was named among the substitutes.
Gibson came on in the second half, though, with the game still deadlocked at 0-0 and when Tony Kroos scored it looked like Joachim Loew's men were going to eke out a win.
John O'Shea had other ideas, though, popping up in the last minute with a headed equaliser that earned a terrific point for Ireland.
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1 Posted 15/10/2014 at 00:18:57
Overall, not a bad International window for us. No injuries that I am aware of, good run-outs for a few players and Coleman & McCarthy not risked.
It will be interesting to see the team on Saturday.
2 Posted 15/10/2014 at 00:24:33
Great results for Scotland, Ireland and particularly Northern Ireland. I would love to have 3 or 4 home nations at Euro 2016.
3 Posted 15/10/2014 at 01:20:10
4 Posted 15/10/2014 at 01:35:06
Nice to see him involved with the equalizer.
5 Posted 15/10/2014 at 03:11:15
6 Posted 15/10/2014 at 07:59:02
7 Posted 15/10/2014 at 10:45:11
8 Posted 15/10/2014 at 11:56:40
9 Posted 15/10/2014 at 12:04:09
After an RS fan recently told me that the sight of Mirallas on the ball in derby games scares the life out of him, I doubt you will ever hear that about Aiden.
10 Posted 15/10/2014 at 12:45:53
The simple problem is: he isn't good enough and costs us points. He should not play.
11 Posted 15/10/2014 at 13:23:59
When he is on the left he doesn't have the same threat. Either way, he isn't at Mirallas's level.
12 Posted 15/10/2014 at 13:28:49
I don't know what games you've been watching but McGeady has played very well for us at times, scored a great goal at Leicester and is far from useless like you've decided, no matter what he does.
13 Posted 15/10/2014 at 13:45:03
As for saying McGeady has cost Everton points, I think that is a ridiculous remark to say about one player. One could ask how many points has Osman cost Everton for all the games he has been anonymous in over the last few years but in reality it’s the team as a whole and the manager who you have to point the finger at.
14 Posted 15/10/2014 at 14:12:32
His poor play puts enormous pressure on the whole team, not least of all the defence (where his presence is near non-existent). The myth that he's very talented is just that: a myth. He plays the odd good ball, curls one here and there (Leicester only so far!!), and that's about it!
I'm astonished that anyone should consider him/his play as anything other than a luxury-cum-liability that we cannot afford ... astounded. But it's a game of opinions Â– and I'm giving mine. I know I propound this one far too often (apologies), but he really is single-handedly helping to ruin our season. He's consistently bad in all the areas above, in the view of my eyes and brain.
To add insult to injury: he seems to have quite a high self-regard.
16 Posted 15/10/2014 at 15:15:15
If he showed a bit more effort on the pitch, also in training. He has always had the ability, but the same criticisms that were levelled at him by Celtic fans are still being levelled by Everton fans Â– and for good reason.
As well as picking his spots on the pitch, using the ball better, improving decision-making, he also needs to work on his physical side. He has been out of shape since he was a teenager. There is no excuse for a Premier League player to be unfit or out of shape.
Training alongside the likes of Naisy, Coleman, Baines, McCarthy, etc... I would be embarrassed into improving my stamina.
Same word always crops up Â– frustrating.
17 Posted 15/10/2014 at 15:50:39
18 Posted 15/10/2014 at 16:26:31
The lad is disappointing a lot of the time but what player does not disappoint at some point? Maybe we should just give up and sell everybody because they misplace a pass or cross and cost us points in every game we play. What's the point?
19 Posted 15/10/2014 at 16:38:00
He's 'single-handedly helping'? If he's doing one, he can't be doing the other.
20 Posted 15/10/2014 at 16:53:20
21 Posted 15/10/2014 at 17:09:29
I think that Kevin (#12) asked you to supply exact examples of the games in which Aiden McGeady cost us points and the precise ways in which he did it. The only precise example you supplied was in fact him scoring a goal!
Now, I can think of precise examples in which other players have cost us games or less dramatically caused us to concede goals, but I canÂt think of one where I would lay the blame fairly and squarely on Aiden McGeadyÂs shoulders.
Simply giving us your ÂopinionÂ of him is nowhere near adequate to back up your claim (and, again, I could say the some others). We have heard you trot this out over and over again and it is not shall we say ÂevidenceÂ for your point but simply the opinion that you have about one of our players.
So, again, please supply precise examples of the moments when Aiden McGeady cost us points, of the sort that I can provide for others please.
22 Posted 15/10/2014 at 17:51:06
Like Harold pointed out your on a mission and absolutely nothing the lad does will change your mind at this point.
23 Posted 15/10/2014 at 19:47:31
Nil satis nisi optimum!
24 Posted 15/10/2014 at 20:42:28
25 Posted 15/10/2014 at 21:08:43
26 Posted 15/10/2014 at 22:02:35
Poor Aiden - I didn't mean to suggest that he'd lost us points when he hadn't played. Haha!
By the way: your opinions about Tim Howard are more valid than mine about McGeady - because they are yours.
Some opinions are simply more equal than others ... .
With this contribution, I bow out gracefully from further comment with you.
27 Posted 15/10/2014 at 22:27:11
Unlike your claims about McGeady without giving us one single example just blanket statements like he gives the ball away, doesn't tackle, can't cross etc, I can actually give you four clear examples where Howard has actually cost us points, two howlers against Crystal Palace, A terrible decision against Utd and a save that any top class keeper should make in the derby for their goal, because of that, yes I do think my opinion is more valid than yours in this case.
28 Posted 16/10/2014 at 08:49:21
Instead of standing on the keeper’s toes, he comes short at the near post. Any balls that are not destined to beat the first man (and we send in a lot of these) are then flicked on.
A simple concept but rarely used at Everton. Stops the first defender from easily clearing the ball. Also, flick-ons are often more dangerous, as the defenders only have a split-second to react to the 2nd ball and the keeper can be caught out of position.
Make it happen, Bobby!
29 Posted 16/10/2014 at 12:27:16
How a team cannot work on using the easiest way to get the ball into the 6- or 18-yard boxes is baffling. We don't exactly have the tall header guys available so why not a few more two-pass set-plays?
30 Posted 16/10/2014 at 12:58:01
He doesnÂt track back so presumably if he does give away free-kicks they are high up the pitch so shouldnÂt be a threat really... Oh, but you already said he doesnÂt tackle or canÂt tackle?
31 Posted 16/10/2014 at 14:14:19
32 Posted 16/10/2014 at 15:06:37
34 Posted 16/10/2014 at 18:16:02
I respect the views of those who support Aiden McGeady - though not the appalling way in which some of you express them. Some of you speak as if a defence of Aiden McGeady is unfalsifiable. It isn't, of course not. Learn to respect the views of others. I've answered your questions though not in the way you want. You haven't disproved my point to me or replied with the courtesy and cogency I would have liked... But I don't need to resort to the language or self-congratulation that you feel is necessary.
Perhaps I am only the Evertonian who thinks that McGeady is really shite and an utter liability who heaps pressure on the side constantly - but I stand by my views. I use my brain and eyes. I haven't looked at the Opta statistics, but I look with my eyes and see him giving the ball away repeatedly, and it frustrates me. It does astound me that anyone would defined his appalling play this season, but that's football talk. We disagree.
Vive la difference Â– ganging up in cliques patting each other on the back does not make you right. If it makes you feel big and better, then fine.
Now move on and try to resist yet another nasty, bitter snipe back.
35 Posted 16/10/2014 at 19:09:46
Personally I have no problem with you thinking McGeady is shite and I'm sure most others don't either.
Lastly, you say that you're upset with being ganged up on in a nasty way. I'm not sure I see that, but perhaps if you were not so sarcastic in some of your answers, maybe that wouldn't happen. To play the 'victim' here is a bit rich to say the least,
36 Posted 16/10/2014 at 20:12:43
If you didn't watch him week-in & week-out, and just watched selected highlights, he can look like George Best. That's the only conclusion I can come to when you hear Joachin Leow praising him before the Germany game (he'd probably been watching McGeady on YouTube). He does kill it sometimes with the stray passing and not tracking back and it can be pure frustration watching him, but he can easily be forgiven when you see the class like the second goal against Georgia and the beauty against Leicester.
I guess he's a bit of an enigma; he reminds me a little of McFadden... not in his style of play, but in temperance and ability.
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