Did he shoot himself in the foot yesterday accepting a draw at Georgia? They now need a win from either of their last two games. Don't fancy them away at Switzerland and a draw isn't much use which could see it go to the final game against Denmark.
Georgia were poor yesterday as we're ROI but there was little in the Irish performance to say Mick went for the 3 points to all but guarantee a place in the Euros. It was another "nowt bad as an away point" display but is it enough?
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I have never seen a professional footballer so scared of the ball getting anywhere near the final third. He'll do anything not to have the ball and get rid of it to avoid making a decision or messing up.
As for the defending tonight, poor decision making and schoolboy stuff getting sucked in like that.
A player waiting to become a good player rather than taking his chance to become one.
It's games like tonight where he has to excel and stake a claim and if anything, he's slipped down the pecking order further on that performance. Not sure what to make of him anymore. We see glimpses of his craft and vision but the basics go wanting on a lot of occasions and before you know it, it's another forgettable 45 mins of his career gone.
He's young, yes but he has to start stringing things together otherwise this season will pass him by and it'll be a huge opportunity missed for him to kick on.
At the time everyone raised their eyebrows at PL's comments insisting Donacien was a centre back. Given he was very shaky there opening day against Blackburn and looked more comfortable at RB we all thought there had to be some underlying current as to why PL was squeezing him out. However, watching him over the last few games, PL was bang on. He's a competent RB defensively but going forward he's lost. He doesn't look comfortable in advanced positions, takes an extra touch when he doesn't need to and looks fearful trying to get beyond someone or put the ball in the box.
With Vincent-Young being linked, it's a matter of time for Donacien before he becomes a bench warmer at best. Anyone else disagree with that or is it a foregone conclusion?
A few things to note from yesterday that bodes well for the season is how much quicker we're moving the ball from defence to attack and how much more incisive our passing is. Unrecognisable at times from last season. We're quick on the counter too.
If we can cut out the silly fouls and mistakes at the back, which I'm sure will happen in time, we'll be in for some good football - finally!
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