Duff Has Outstanding Game For Ireland

Ireland’s new manager Giovanni Trapattoni, has expressed his delight at the way Newcastle winger Damien Duff performed in the 1-1 draw with Serbia last Saturday.


Damien Duff – played great for Ireland on Saturday

The experienced winger has not featured much for Newcastle United this season, and that’s due to both a long term injury and loss of form, but we still think Duff has a future at the Tyneside club.

The Irishman played for the full 90 minutes on Saturday, which was Trapattoni’s first match in charge of the Ireland side.

Damien showed glimpses of his former self as he continually ran at the Serbian defense, and looked a dangerous player throughout.

Trapattoni said after the game:

“Damien Duff was extremely dangerous, especially in one-to-one situations,”

“He has worked very, very hard and that is impressive because I know he was a long time out injured.”

“Because he wasn’t playing as much as the others during the season I felt he needed to play in Portugal and against Serbia.”

“And we saw in the final moments of the game he still had the energy to go around players.”

“That will be very important for us.”

Damien has a first-class attitude to the game, and has said many times he wants to fight for his place at Newcastle in the new Keegan era, and regain his old form.

There’s been a lot of transfer talk surrounding Duff recently, and even reports that’s he’s even selling his house in Northumberland (we don’t know if that’s actually true).

But we’d like Damien to stay at the club, because we still think he can reclaim his old form for Newcastle under maestro Keegan. We need to keep all our good players and then augment the squad with 4-5 top players.

If players like Duff leave we’ll only need to replace them.

Remember, it takes a bit of time to come back from the dreadful injury Damien suffered with his foot a year ago last April.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    May 26, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1


  • Ben_BKK

    May 26, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think we should be too hasty with Duff, we haven’t seen the best of him though to be honest we haven’t seen that much of him since he’s been injured quite a lot…

    Also, the thing about him selling his house, I read elsewhere that he is planning on building a house somewhere else in the area, so it’s not that he’s leaving, he’s selling his house cause he’s moving.

  • Slam Dunc

    May 26, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Well it’s a bit different playing against Serbia than playing against Chelsea or Man United ….


    May 26, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    I always said, that we haven’t seen the best yet of DUFF in our black n white shirt!

  • 9 Shearer

    May 26, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    Before the end of this season we had never seen the best of owen then we saw it now it time for Duff. I want to know one thing is there anything going to happen to St. James` park. I dont see anything. Lets stay to our current squard or no Barton

  • Graeme

    May 26, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    We havent seen the best of Duff at NUFC!!

    Nor are we likely too either; He has probably got another season to prove himself. If he doesnt come good, we wont be able to give him away. If we get any decent offer for him, we should take it and buy a younger, fitter replacement.

  • Leo

    May 26, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    hope he looks better since he will get a full pre season training


    May 26, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Watched ireland game duff wasnt gr8.But would like to keep him.

  • reillers

    May 26, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Only a few days later..

    He was very good I thought, he’d potential to be great. He was an inch or two away from really pulling things off but that was down to no more then wee cobwebs. He made the crowd look like. If he’s given time, it’s really fair on the wee lad cause he’s been injured so much, he needs time to just play again without being injured and I don’t think we’ve given him that time. We should hold on to him if we can. Great player, he just needs time.

  • ToonKing

    May 26, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #11

    he wasn’t great, he was he’s usual self, running around with no end product. he’s off anyways.

  • Bill F

    May 26, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Apparently Dunne had a good game as well, still don’t want him.

  • Nick Dryden

    May 26, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed please give it up with Duff. You’re flogging a dead horse (almost literally)

  • reillers

    May 26, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Dunne had an ok game, the back line was all over the place, a few young fellas in there and a keeper that they’d never played with who wasn’t great either.
    He ran his ass off though. One or two wee bad moments that you wouldn’t expect from Dunne but other then that he did well enough considering the lads playing around him. The back line needs a lot of work.

    He could have brought on John O Shea to help Dunne but I think he was resting him after the Man U celebrations, I think the other team had the same idea with Vidic, he looked a bit worse for wears on the bench, it didn’t stop a few Irish fans getting his autograph and pictures with him.

    Still Dunne’s a strong player, except for a wee few moments but they played well.

  • The Entertainers

    May 26, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #15

    We need to add 4-5 first team players, without selling any. Ok Carr, Ramage, Ameobi and the CB who came at end of season can all go. But hopefully there are replacements for these, along with quality players in the forward positions.

  • Bill F

    May 26, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s those odd wee moments that bother me. 😉
    Didn’t Boumsong and Bramble have a few and look what happened there.

  • shirts

    May 26, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m inclined to agree with Ed that Duff’s still a valuable player–though obviously not what he once was.

    Paul Doyle made comments in the Guardian that Duff seems to have “brittle” confidence, and maybe that’s the trick. We used to see him blow by defenders but he doesn’t seem to try that anymore and I wonder if it’s more confidence than the loss of his once-explosive speed.

  • Ross

    May 26, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #18

    was on in the pub but both times i saw him get the ball some serb just came across him and took his legs, haha.

  • richie

    May 26, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #19

    i was@ the match, duff was good but u can still se hes lackin confidence won alot of free kicks but pre season will b good 4 him, as iv said he needs to be 110 perecnt fit to play his game ..

  • Punk Skunk

    May 26, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #20

    How Ed,
    just wonderin’ about your posting policy, we’re not supposed to swear ‘n stuff…But you’ve got porn on here(look right!)…
    …Beefy should be wearing a bra & is that a knobbly 10 pack he’s got there, or is he just shedding a few pounds?..Lol!..>>>>>>>>>

  • Bill F

    May 26, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Punk Skunk, its not a picture I would want to dwell on, but as it has been mentioned it looks to me that Beefy either has a bad hernia or an Alien is just about to burst out. Dunno which would be worse.

  • Punk Skunk

    May 26, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #22


  • reillers

    May 26, 2008 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Ah now Bill F those wee moments were purely down to a completely inexperienced backline, none had played together really, and a keeper who he’s never played with and wasn’t great to be honest. He’d be used to Given screaming his head off at the backline and believe me they needed it at times, and Dunne would do likewise. Considering the other defenders were running around like headless chickens and he didn’t have Given in goal, he did well.

  • owengoalmachine

    May 27, 2008 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #24

    i was at the game. duff got alot of the ball alright but just done the usual peg it past the player and then pull the ball back and has to beat the same player again. no end product. duff will never capture the form he showed at blackburn.mourinho made a bollix of him and turned him into a virtual left back.


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