[quote=“Alleycat”]Boring tactics and goofy goalie aside, it was still great fun. I have to say that the criticism levelled at the team is partly unjust.
Taiwan played to its strengths. They were also extremely unfit, so cautious counter-attacking was needed. Could you imagine what the score would have been had Taiwan counter-attacked in numbers, what with them struggling to get back to defend? What they set out to do, they did well!
And, Taiwan, given the few resources they have, showed remarkable pluck against a better team. Besides the scrappy goal, they had a good shot well saved and also managed to hit the woodwork with a stunning long-range shot.
Can’t wait for the Palestinian encounter. Palestine lost 3-0 to Uzbekistan. Taiwan, incidently, only lost 1-0 to the same outfit in their first qualifier. Should be a close thing.[/quote]
yesh well; the unfit thing is something a few people have mentioned to me. but why the fuck would our lads be unfit? is the first division not being played at the moment? i guess fair enough the iraqi lads are in good shape and fit as some fiddles but why couldn’t taiwan prepare a team and train it to match fitness? i’ve played against many taiwanese teams over the years and have never ended a game feeling the opposition were not in good condition (course this may well reflect the more portly foreign opposition but genearally taiwanese footy players are fit and pretty nippy with it)