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16/09/2021

O’Neill and Keane have a difficult decision to make

Shane Long scored against Serbia last Wednesday, but he also missed two gilt edged chances
Ireland may have been beaten in Wednesday night’s friendly against Serbia but I saw enough positives in the performance to forget worrying about the result.

Ireland may have been beaten in Wednesday night’s friendly against Serbia but I saw enough positives in the performance to forget worrying about the result.

Yes we looked leggy in the second-half and eventually succumbed to concerted Serbian pressure but had Shane Long converted either of those two glorious chances whilst deadlocked at 1-1, I reckon we’d have eased to victory. Whilst Long is, in my view, an excellent player and a great outlet for the midfield, it’s hard to imagine Robbie Keane missing those chances had he been in the same position.

Is there a way to fit the two of them in up front? Do we have the requisite midfield options to accommodate a two-man strike force? It’s open to debate but personally, I’m not sure we do.

Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have a difficult decision to make regarding the future of Ireland’s record goal scorer and I don’t envy them.

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