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Weekend Review: September 18th and 19th

19 September 2010 2,454 views No Comment Written by Michael

THE GOOD

Darren O’Dea – Ipswich

An impressive afternoon for O’Dea. A big factor in keeping high flying Cardiff scoreless. O’Dea seems to have settled very well into life at Portman Road, and the loan move from Celtic is looking a wise move. Roy Keane hinted during the week that O’Dea would not be playing as a result of an injury, so there was surprise all around when his name appeared on the team sheet. The fact that he could put in such a dependable performance while carrying a knock says a lot about the guy. Cardiff were reduced to one shot on target in the 90 minutes thanks to Ipswich’s tight defence. As a result of Ipswich 2 nil victory, they have moved into second place in the Npower Championship. O’Dea and the numerous Irish at Ipswich will be no doubt delighted with the start they have had.

Stephen Kelly – Fulham


Another very dependable display from Kelly. Played very well at right back and looked the most comfortable of Fulham’s back four. Kelly will hope to have impressed Mark Hughes enough in recent weeks to make that right position his own.Kelly has represented Ireland 14 times, and should he hold down a regular place from¬† Fulham, he will be hoping to build on that number.

Anthony Stokes

Despite starting the day on the bench for Celtic, Stokes assured he took his chance when he came on for the injured Paddy McCourt. Stokes was taken down by Frazer Wright to win the penalty for the first goal, which was converted by fellow Irish man Daryl Murphy. Then on the 51st minute Stokes got himself on the score-sheet, netting from close range and making sure that Celtic left Easter Road with 3 points.

Connor Sammon

A great goal for Sammon today. A fantastic first touch left the Celtic defender for dead, and he calmly slotted the ball into the corner after 7 minutes. He faded as the game went on but was always a threat from long balls. It has been a fantastic start to the season for Sammon, with 5 goals from 6 appearances.

John Thompson – Notts County


The right back was one of Notts County most impressive players in their 3-2 victory over Leyton Orient. The right back was a constant threat down the wing and was instrumental in the winning goal. The tough tackling defender made his name as a teenage at Nottingham Forest, but after a couple of difficult seasons, now finds himself across the divide in Nottingham at Meadow Lane.

THE BAD

Stephen Ward

Very much an off day for the player who has made the seamless transition from striker to defender.  Has been performing well for Wolves as of late but will want to forget yesterdays performance. Silly penalty to give away, and his errant pass was a factor in Spurs second goal. Always gives everything and hopefully this game will go down as just a blip. Fellow Irish defender Kevin Foley also struggled in this game, having a big problem managing the pace of Gareth Bale. However Foley did set up Wolves goal.

David Forde

Here at Greenscene.me, we have been singing the praises of Forde in recent weeks. Regular viewers of our Trapattoni Index will have seen that Forde has been an almost ever present at number one amongst the goalkeepers. However, yesterday was simply a disaster for Forde and Millwall. Millwall had been unbeaten at home for 10 months, but they ruined that record quite spectacularly yesterday. Conceding 6 goals to a fellow London club will hurt Forde. Despite not being completely at fault for any goal, Forde will understandably be very angry to have conceded that number. He will certainly hope that it was just a freak result.

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