Saturday 18 November 2017

Oh how it hurts when poor Paddy's pre-game delusions are dismantled

We had a convincing case assembled about why we would win. Then the match started, writes Declan Lynch

Republic of Ireland fans appear dejected after the match. Photo: PA
Republic of Ireland fans appear dejected after the match. Photo: PA
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

In the days leading up to this, we weren't so much getting ready for Belgium as building a case against them.

We noted with satisfaction the alleged "unrest" in their camp, and the contrast with our camp, which was so happy.

We formed the view that they might be good at football but they were not necessarily good lads, that they mightn't have the stomach for this, and that some of them might even be bad lads - unlike our lads, who are exceedingly good.

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