Hold the Back Page – Points dropped but good signs for Ireland

HTBPcoverThis week’s pod is a day early and sees Ger McCarthy, Willie Gannon and Paul Little join Neil Sherwin to assess Ireland’s two fixtures, as well as the fortunes of some of the other nations hoping to qualify for Brazil 2014.

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The prodigal returns to the podcast with Ger back on board in time to discuss Ireland’s two draws against Sweden and Austria. The optimism following Friday’s credible draw against Zlatan Ibrahimovic was undone to a large extent when the Austrians netted an injury time equaliser at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday. Did Trap get it wrong with his substitutions? Can we still qualify for the World Cup? What positives can be taken from the games?

There’s also a look at how England are progressing, Mario Balotelli’s recent goalscoring exploits, Holland’s chances of going one better than 2010, as well as a round up of some of the other international stories including mixed results for the USA and Australia.

To round off the lads look ahead to some important Premier League fixtures with Nigel Adkins set to take charge of Reading for the first time.

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