Irish show need for Keane
Assuming Roy Keane chose to watch on Baby Prada Shoes Uk television, it would be understandable if he turned off long before the finish. A poor game of few chances confirmed little other than that Ireland should be glad Authentic Prada Bags Outlet Online the Manchester United captain is due to return and that they miss the spark of Damien Duff and Robbie Keane.
A goalless draw between two ordinary teams was right after none of the four keepers used was forced into a save. Though Poland had more of the ball, they made little as Ireland defended well. Where Brian Kerr’s side were lacking was going forward, with creativity and quality minimal. They never passed as they can and hit too many long balls.
Liam Miller, on a satisfying if unspectacular first start, and Andy Reid, who was below his best, had Ireland’s clearest chances. Their shots were off target. It confirmed that the excitement on this trip was restricted to the build-up when Roy Keane withdrew injured.
Kerr will take some pleasure from stretching an unbeaten run to four games with an understrength squad and a clean sheet, helped by solid displays from Kenny Cunningham and John O’Shea. Shut-outs will be important in qualifying, when key men will be back. Also among the missing were Stephen Carr, Matt Holland and Kevin Kilbane.
“Eleven players withdrew from the squad and five others were not even available before we started picking it,” Kerr said. “In those circumstances it was satisfying. They were quite close to their best team.”
Arguably the happiest man here will have been the Football Association representative dispatched to watch Poland, who are in England’s World Cup qualifying group and hardly struck fear.
Ireland took a while to counter that and could have done with some of their experienced absentees, particularly during a first half marked by their lack of invention. Too Authentic Prada Bags For Cheap many passes were hit hopefully for the strikers to chase.
An overhead kick wide by Alan Lee was Ireland’s only chance before the interval as Lee and Clinton Morrison struggled to get into the game. Andy Reid rarely sparkled and will be disappointed with his shot wide. Steven Reid make little impact going forward.
In central midfield Miller was Black Prada Chain Bag unable to dominate but was never one of the worst culprits with the ball, playing short and simple passes. Mark Kinsella had an impressive opening half, but faded.
By Agata Ruiz De La Prada Shop On Line the time Poland came close to a late winner, Kamil Kosowski hitting the side netting, Roy Keane and many others may well have switched channels.
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Poland (4-1-4-1): Dudek (Boruc, 59); Zewlakow (Kaczorowski 85), Klos (Bosacki, 80), Glowacki (Hajto h-t), Rzasa; Lewandowski; Zurawski, Szymkowiak (Radomski 86), Mila (Smolarek, 67), Krzynowek (Kosowski, h-t); Olisadebe (Niedzielan, h-t). Subs not Authentic Prada Milano Handbags used: Boruc, Bosacki, Gorawski, Rasiak.
Republic of Ireland (4-4-2): Given (Newcastle; Colgan , Hibernian, 71); O’Shea (Man Utd), Doherty (Tottenham; O’Brien , Newcastle, 80), Cunningham (Birmingham), wallet Harte (Leeds; Maybury , Hearts, 64); S Reid (Blackburn), Miller (Celtic), Kinsella (West Bromwich), A Reid (Nottingham Forest; Douglas , Blackburn, Authentic Prada Vitello Daino 81); Lee (Cardiff; Barrett , Coventry, 64), Morrison (Birmingham; Byrne , Shelbourne, 90). Subs not used: Doyle (Coventry), Authentic Prada Handbags Uk Quinn Authentic Prada Factory Outlet Online (Sheff Wednesday). Booked: Maybury.
Referee: S Shebek (Ukraine).