With fourth spot in the Premiership all but wrapped up it’s time for everyone to swing around and face this direction once again, just hither. I appreciate it can be jolly dashed mind-boggling these days trying to separate one competition from the next, but my spies tell me that tonight it’s Europa. Everyone got that?As it happens, I’m rather enjoying the deployment of the younglings in these midweek night-time gambols. In seasons of yore the only chance we’d get to see the likes of Livermore, Carroll and chums would be for 30 minutes at the end of an FA Cup demolition job on Peterborough, when the kids would be so concerned about making a good impression that I felt tense just watching them. Now, safe in the knowledge that there will always be a pointless European minnow pestering us again in a week or two, today’s youth can exhale, relax, play their natural games and give us a slightly better chance to assess how good they are, whilst secretly cursing the fact that kids half our age are already better than us.
In terms of personnel One Aaron Lennon will apparently be disappearing into the distance beyond some poor Irish full-back tonight, while Danny Rose and Steven Pienaar are also in line for returns. Presumably various youngsters have been given permission to leave school early in order to play tonight too, while such occasions also tend to mark the appearances of Pav, Bassong and Corluka before they are shoved away into the background once again as more pressing concerns arise at the weekend. Whatever the personnel one would expect our lot to be too strong for Shamrock tonight.
2 replies on “Spurs – Shamrock Rovers Preview: Starting to Enjoy This”
Whilst I fully expect Spurs to prevail, let us not be complacent. Shamrock Rovers will put it up to a weakened Spurs team and have players to be concerned about. Gary Twigg, has been the top scorer in Ireland for the past few years, lets not forget Shane Long and Kevin Doyle came from league of Ireland and never claimed that achievement, Steven Rice and Gary McCabe are both highly rated, while Billy Dennehy is a young winger with potential.looking forward to this, was hoping to go to away leg for some reason they decided to play this at a ground that holds 7000 as opposed to the Aviva which holds over 50000+ which they could very nearly fill for the Spurs game, can only assume that they fancy their chances on their own patch, do not forget an Irish team drew with us in 81/82 season. COYS
Pav and Gio (whichever one plays) need to prove a point tonight!