The Motet Debut Song & “Pony”, Welcome Jason Hann & Gabe Mervine At Red Rocks [Full Video/Photo]

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Keith Griner On Saturday night, The Motet, BoomBox, and The New Mastersounds hit Red Rocks Amphitheatre, marking one of the most highly anticipated, early summer shows at the legendary outdoor venue in Morrison, Colorado. From the opening set from the British jazz-funk fusion quartet to the fiery headlining show from the Colorado funk favorites, fans were frenzied throughout the special night.The New Mastersounds kicked off the funky festivities, returning to the venue for the first time since their debut in 2011, when they opened for Umphrey’s McGee. Fans were clearly eager to see the British four-piece return to the Red Rocks stage, and The New Mastersounds returned that energy in spades. As a special treat, The New Mastersounds’ invited a horn section featuring trumpeter Mike Olmos and saxophonist Jason Mingledorff to join them for their entire performance, adding a layer of additional depth and vibrancy to their already tight-knit funk.Opening the show with the infectiously groovy and intricate “High & Wide”, off the band’s 2015 Made For Pleasure, The New Mastersounds’ show got off to a dramatic start. With a quick hello from drummer Simon Allen, the group moved into “Tantaus”, a high-energy song off their latest release, Renewable Energy, which was an early set highlight. Heavily featuring keyboardist Joe Tatton, guitarist Eddie Roberts and bassist Pete Shand led the crowd in clapping as Tatton tore through the tune and led to its climax.Given Eddie Roberts’ long-standing love for Grant Green, the band took the opportunity to honor Green with another Renewable Energy inspired by the famed Blue Note guitarist. At this point, Roberts took the spotlight, offering up a characteristically meticulous and cascading guitar solo, which was complemented later by a slower and sensual trumpet solo offered by Olmos. While the majority of the set saw the band showcasing their more recent work, next up was a propulsive take on “Coming Up Roses”, a throwback to 2003’s Be Yourself, before landing in “In The Middle”, which was an immediate fan favorite. Shand was the stand-out in “In The Middle”, leading the tune with his steady, rapid-fire groove. Along with Allen, the rhythm section created a fiery base to allow Roberts and Tatton to go off on explosive riffs.With the crowd truly captivated after the energetic song, the band offered up another older tune, “You Got It All”, which featured a quick disco clap (after which Allen complimented the crowd, “You did very well there”) and a percussive sax solo from Mingledorff. The band followed this with “Yokacoka”, another tune off the band’s 2018 Renewable Energy. With the song highlighting the band’s range, switching between more laidback and melodic sections and the song’s galloping theme as Roberts’ nimble fretwork shined throughout. From there, the band closed out their set with James Gang’s “Funk #49”, with the catchy cover sending the crowd into a frenzy.From there, BoomBox, the long-celebrated groovy electronic-rock duo headed by Zion Rock Godchaux, took the stage. Since the original turntablist, Russ Randolph, left the band following the band’s New Year’s Eve run in 2016, DJ Harry has stepped in and risen to the occasion. Despite the relatively new lineup change, the duo sounded tight as ever, offering up a crowd-pleasing mix of classics from their fan-favorite debut, 2005’s Vision Of Backbeat, 2010’s Downriverelectric, and 2014’s Filling In The Color.With the band known for eschewing setlists in favor of reading the energy of the crowd, their set perfectly mirrored the energy of the audience, with the band favoring more trance-oriented and at points tribal flavors—a wise move, as their set offered a welcome palette cleanser between the two full-band funk ensembles sandwiching them. Groovy throughout, highlights of their set included BoomBox’s extended take on “India” and the shreddy yet smooth guitar riffing during “Tonight”.BoomBox’s set offered the perfect transition from day into night, and when The Motet finally took the stage for their show-closing headlining set, the crowd was amped and ready for the hometown throwdown. With the addition of two backup singers and the addition of String Cheese Incident’s percussionist Jason Hann throughout the night, The Motet’s sound was sounding fuller than ever. Furthermore, given the departure of the band’s longtime trumpeter, Gabe Mervine, and the group’s recent replacement of Parris Fleming, the newest addition to the band proved himself in spades, with the horn section also featuring saxophonist Drew Sayers sounding dialed in during the high-octane performance.The Motet opened up with a take on Sly & The Family Stone’s “I Get High On You”, led in by the band’s charismatic vocalist Lyle Divinsky. An energetic start to the night, the opening tune saw an early drum breakdown featuring bandleader and drummer Dave Watts and Hann, showing off their guest percussionist for the evening. With a gorgeous lighting rig designed by Luke Stratton as the band’s backdrop, The Motet then moved into “Like We Own It”, the first track off the band’s self-titled 2014 release. Groovy and more upbeat, the rhythm section locked in and gave guitarist Ryan Jalbert the chance to unleash, offering up a buoyant guitar solo, before Fleming got a solo, proving himself as a more than worthy replacement of Gabe Mervine.Following the huge close to the song heralded in by Livinsky’s out-of-this-world vocals, the lead singer took the time to introduce Fleming to the crowd, announcing that their new trumpeter was both a Red Rocks virgin and celebrating his birthday. After the crowd went wild for the “young Parisian,” the band kicked into a sultry and soulful “That Dream”, a brand-new tune premiered in March that was written by Jalbert with lyrics from Divinsky.Divinsky left the stage for an instrumental, “Rippin Herb”, which has become a fan-favorite off the band’s most recent release, Totem. The song offered the band’s resident keyboard wizard, Joey Porter, his first real chance to step out for a solo, with Porter laying out a frenetic, high-octane run that built the song to a peak. From there, the tune settled into a solid groove, with Drew Sayers offering up a cascading sax solo that served as a wonderful counterpoint to the steady riding of the rhythm section. “Rippin Herb” also saw the band’s awe-inspiring bassist, Garrett Sayers, featured, with him unleashing toward the end of the set before Porter led in the close of the song.For the next tune, Divinsky came out and Porter led in the start of “Danger”, which had a New Orleans-esque vibe and soaring horns and whose start was grounded by Sayers on bass. Porter offered up spacey sounds that complimented the vibe of the song, and given the crowd’s reaction and singing along, was one of the favorite’s of the night. While Fleming had been previously featured, “Danger” also saw the trumpeter truly shine by adding a soulful and dramatic solo over the laidback and easy groove of the song.From there, The Motet offered up a brand-new debut for the eager crowd, performing a new track, “Compatible”, for the first time ever. Tinged with r&b undertones and funky bridge, you can check out a video of the latest from The Motet below. For “Kneebone”, Divinsky and the other vocalists once again left the stage, and the low-end was represented well during the dub-tinged tune. The steady, heavier tune began to build, eventually ending with a rocking and reverb-y reprieve that gave the set a grittier edge.“Compatible”Following this tune, Jason Hann and Dave Watts took the crowd on a percussive journey, with the rest of the band leaving the stage. During this extended drum solo, the duo ran through a number of styles and eventually invited a number of guest percussionists up to the stage to help round out the ongoing segment.Following this huge segment, all of the members of The Motet returned to the stage. Divinsky led the vocalists in pristine three-part harmonies, and the band seemingly favored the jubilant nature of the tune. To end the feel-good track, Jalbert laid out a powerful, psychedelic guitar solo that filled the outdoor amphitheater beautifully and made for a triumphant resolution to the tune.“Supernova” came next, another relatively new tune that the band released last year. In the time since last year, the song has tightened up significantly and served as a keystone to the set, with the disco breakdown leading to a huge response from the crowd. Following this, Divinsky explained that those in attendance for the Red Rocks show were family, adding that “because we are family, we can get down in new ways.” To the surprise and delight of fans, out of left field, the band launched into a standout rendition of Ginuwine’s “Pony”.Keeping on with the family theme after this unexpected cover, The Motet brought out Gabe Mervine, the band’s former trumpeter, for the final set-closing renditions of “Keep On Don’t Stoppin’” and “The Truth”. With Mervine, Sayers, and Fleming all on horns together, it served as a passing of the torch of sorts and was a major highlight of the night. The augmented horns sounded great and drove the crowd into a frenzy, as did Porter’s breakout of his trusty talk box, which had been absent for the majority of the night. The final tune, “The Truth”, was a huge close to the band’s set, with Divinsky crushing his vocals and the horns weaving in and out of one another, to tremendous effect.For the encore, the band returned with the fast-paced and soulful “Cretan”, which eventually took a darker turn as the song unfolded. From there, the band moved into “Get It Right”, a celebratory tune marked by bending horns, upbeat vocals, and a huge close, which saw Garrett highlighted before Joey, then the horns, then Divinsky added into the mix.You can check out full video of The Motet’s wild return to Red Rocks on Saturday night below, courtesy of You can also check out a gallery of photos from the night below, courtesy of Keith Griner of Phierce Photography.Setlist: The Motet | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/2/2018Set: High On You, Like We Own It, Dream, Rippin’ Herb, Danger, Compatible, Kneebone, Drum/Percussion, Know It, Supernova, Pony > Keep On, The TruthEncore: Cretan, Get It RightThe Motet – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO – 6/2/2018[Video: nugsnet]Photos: The Motet | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/2/2018 | Credit: Keith Grinerlast_img read more

Ukraine uncovers ring that hacked banks in US, Europe

first_imgKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities say they have uncovered a group of hackers who stole data from banks in the United States and several European countries causing damage of $2.5 billion. The prosecutor-general’s office said the hackers were based in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. In a statement on Wednesday, it said the hackers stole passwords and payment data from private and state banks in the US, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Lithuania. It did not name the banks or give other details, including whether any suspects had been arrested. Ukraine cooperated with U.S. police and Europol.last_img

An initiative was launched to declare Vukovar as a place of special reverence as a protected locality

first_imgThe Association of Croatian Tourist Guide Associations has launched an initiative to include the area of ​​the city of Vukovar in the list as a fully protected entity, ie a locality.Namely, in accordance with the Tourism Services Act, protected localities will be areas where a tourist guide can provide services only if he has passed a special part of the professional exam for protected units (localities), for which he can be educated only in the Republic of Croatia.”We hope that the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Capelli, will consider and accept this proposal and harmonize the Ordinance on Protected Entities (sites) with the Bill on the Proclamation of Vukovar as a place of special homeland piety with the aim of preserving lasting memories of Vukovar in the Homeland War. , encouraging its social development with special emphasis on the development of cultural tourism in accordance with the adopted national strategy and the adopted strategy for the development of cultural tourism in the Republic of Croatia, which cannot be realized without systematic protection of all proposed protected sites and units whose professional interpretation requires additional education. tourist guides with the aim of promoting and protecting the national and local identity of the Croatian people. ” pointed out Kristina Nuić Prka, president of the Association of Croatian Tourist GuidesThe Ministry of Veterans is drafting the Bill on declaring Vukovar a place of special homeland piety, which expresses the uniqueness of Vukovar in recent Croatian history and which seeks to pay respect and recognition to the victims of the inhabitants and veterans of Vukovar. “This is an area of ​​exceptional national interest, and in order to preserve the memory of Vukovar and the dignity of the Homeland War, we also believe that it is crucial to tell visitors and tourists the truth about the Homeland War and adequately show the protected site, convey the suffering, emotions and pride of its inhabitants. areas“Concluded Nuić Prka and added that as an Association that brings together tourist guides from all over Croatia, they thank the City of Vukovar for recognizing the importance of tourist guides and the importance of authentic presentation of the Homeland War and Vukovar as a fully protected site.Related news: KRISTINA NUIĆ PRKA: TOURIST GUIDES INTERPRET CULTURAL HERITAGE, AND CULTURAL HERITAGE IS WHAT SEPARATES US FROM GLOBALIZATIONlast_img read more

Won’t watch NFL over anthem protests

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSince 1948, I have been a die-hard New York Giants fan. That was the year the Giants acquired Charlie Conerly from the Washington Redskins. Sunday was the best day of the week during football season, and I proudly watched every game, cheering on my team, wearing my Giants sweatshirt that I refused to wash because it would wash away their luck of winning the game.That was until the day Giants players didn’t stand for the national anthem. That day was the end of my football season. I was so disgusted and hurt by that display of disrespect toward our country that it brought tears to my eyes. It was beyond my comprehension. I never thought my Giants would display such hatred toward America — the America that provides them with the freedoms and economic success they enjoy today.For me, I find this behavior unacceptable and I will not support it. Additionally, the NFL franchise owners’ reaction to not televise the playing of the national anthem is just as unacceptable.So until Americans like me, who just want to watch talented athletes perform on the field and not feel we are betraying our country, I will not be, nor have not been, watching any games or purchasing any items from their sponsors.George J. Kot Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Jamie Carragher claims Sokratis Papastathopolous isn’t up to Arsenal’s level after Watford error

first_imgJamie Carragher claims Sokratis Papastathopolous isn’t up to Arsenal’s level after Watford error Both Sokratis Papastathopolous and David Luiz struggled for Arsenal against Watford (Picture: Getty)Carragher said: ‘Emery inherited poor defenders. He has tried to move on Shkodran Mustafi, who made a lot of mistakes, but in David Luiz they have signed another defender who makes mistakes and in Sokratis, the club have brought in someone else who is perhaps not at the level where they need him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I can understand the signing of David Luiz as he was cheap and they needed somebody, but I’m not his biggest fan and to give away two penalties in four games is not a great start at all. The problem is, that will not change, no matter who the manager is.‘David Luiz has had plenty of managers and he has always had the same problems.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySokratis was one of Emery’s first signings at Arsenal, joining in a £17m deal from Borussia Dortmund and he has been a virtual ever-present in the starting XI ever since.This season, Sokratis has partnered Luiz four times in the Premier League, but the pair have combined for a mistake leading to a goal and two penalties conceded already.Carragher’s fellow Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville, meanwhile, went a step further, stating: ‘I just think Sokratis is a poor player, he’s a poor player. I don’t think it’s structural, I don’t think Unai Emery’s going to change, I just think it’s poor execution.’Sokratis held his hands up after the game, posting on Twitter: ‘I think that I cost the game for the team. It was my mistake for something simple that I don’t have to do.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Sokratis Papastathopolous committed a costly mistake in the 2-2 draw against Watford (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher has suggested that Sokratis Papastathopolous isn’t at the required standard to play for Arsenal following his mistake in the 2-2 draw against Watford on Sunday.The 31-year-old lost possession in his own penalty area with Tom Cleverley intercepting his attempted pass before scoring past Bernd Leno to bring Watford back into the game.Watford went on to secure a deserved point after Roberto Pereyra scored a penalty late on following a clumsy foul from Arsenal’s other centre-back David Luiz.Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher questioned Unai Emery’s decision to sign Sokratis and Luiz since arriving at Arsenal last summer.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Sep 2019 3:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link729Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Successful auctions across Brisbane

first_imgSellers at 11 Apple Blossom Pl, Eight Mile Plains, John and Grace Guarras were very pleased with the result. Photo: Supplied.“We’ve loved the house, the beautiful open house, but we’re at an age where we want to downsize,” said Mrs Guarras.“It has been a lovely home and we’ve always been very fussy with our homes, so the people who move in, they won’t have anything to do!”There’s also been a real buzz around the sale of 140 Kadumba St, Yeronga as a beautiful Hamptons-inspired design on a huge block of land went under the hammer. A stunning day of frenzied bidding, big crowds and brilliant results played out at auction events across Brisbane. Photo: Annette DewIt wasn’t a day for the feint hearted at the city’s auctions as crowd numbers, prices and heart rates all hit peaks.One of the biggest results was reserved for a home in the city’s southern suburbs.The property at 11 Apple Blossom Pl, Eight Mile Plains was always going to be hotly contested, but even the marketing agents were blown away by the final figure.A crowd of approximately 100 were there to witness 17 registered bidders compete for the title ¬ — freehold title, that is.While a bid of $700,000 started the ball rolling, the end price was always going to blitz it and when the hammer came down at $884,000, there were some very happy participants.“It’s a fantastic result,” declared Owen Chen, agent at Place Sunnybank.“It sold for much more than the reserve which was set at $850,000 so the owners are very happy. It was all about team work.”Mr Chen said the Japanese buyers had been to plenty of other auctions prior to today’s event.“They have been following my auctions for a long, long time but every time they have frustratingly lost to other parties, so this time I gave them a pep talk,” he said.Grace and John Guarras were very pleased to see the home sold, and are looking forward to something smaller. 4 Yeoman St, Chapel Hill was another successful sale for the day. Picture: supplied.“Everyone has their criteria when looking for a home, but this one really has it all,” said Josh Klemm, marketing agent at Ray White Metro West.He was proved right when four registered bidders fought it out to reach a sale price of $832,500 for the home.Further west and bargain of the week must surely go to 35/8 Rosegum Pl, Redbank Plains which sold for $160,000 under the hammer.The two-bedroom, lowset, brick unit has ready access to western corridor facilities, and at that price, should prove a canny investment.center_img 140 Kadumba Street, Yeronga sold for $1.91 million. Photo: supplied.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoThere were only three registered bidders, but that’s all it took to make the sale.“We are thrilled to declare it sold to a young local family looking to upgrade in the area for $1.91 million,” said Judy Goodger, marketing agent at Place New Farm.“Yeronga is a gorgeous and convenient location for families and time-and-time again we’re seeing huge competition when homes like this come on the market.”Further out of town and 35 Noel St, Hendra had its time in the sun.Jon Finney, agent at Ray White Albion, had five bidders registered for the event and that’s all it took to see a great result.Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush was very pleased to oversee the auction too.“The bidding bounced from $500,000 to $600,000 and then a couple from around the corner increased the price to $700,000 and it sold,” Mr Cush said.“It was a pretty good result, and once again highlights the market is strong for unrenovated properties. The owner’s had tried to sell it themselves previously, so this shows the power of a marketing campaign and auction that creates competition. It works,” he added.Out in the western suburbs and 4 Yeoman St, Chapel Hill also successfully sold.Set on 673 square metres, this five-bedroom, two-bathroom, two-level weatherboard cottage was pitched as a family home that would have wide appeal.last_img read more

Masterplanned community welcomes 300th resident

first_imgCentral parklands with crossing bridge and landscaped recreation and play spaces. Photo: SuppliedA masterplanned residential community at Walloon has welcomed its 300th resident.Soon to marry new residents, Byron Johnson and Kate Hill, are two of the newest residents settling into their new home at Waterlea.In June 2018, army Private Byron Johnson accepted his first military posting at the RAAF Amberley nearby the Walloon township and purchased his first home, a Waterlea land and house package. Kate Hill and Byron Johnson are new residents at Waterlea. In September, he met Kate, an Ipswich-based social worker – the pair are now engaged.Together they moved into their Waterlea home as building works completed in March 2019with wedding bells ringing in April. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMr Johnson said buying at Waterlea was a simple decision.“Waterlea is close to the RAAF base where I am stationed for the next two years, and the lot and house package was within my price range. Done deal,” he said.“In June 2018, I started looking and purchased within three weeks. Waterlea was the firstand only development that I considered. The other new house communities were too far awayfrom my work, or the land cost was prohibitive.”Mr Johnson said he purchased a 480sq m block.“At the time of purchase, before I met my fiancé Kate, it was only me living in the house, so it was large enough without requiring too much maintenance. Equally, I had a budget that I did not want to exceed,” he said.The home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.Inside there are black taps, tiled floors and kitchen bench top, a neutral colour carpet and white walls and joinery. Waterlea Walloon is a $350 million award-winning masterplanned community south of Brisbane on the outskirts of Ipswich. Waterlea is comprised of 13 villages which includes a network of walking and cycling trails, parklands and waterways, and is walking distance to the historic town of Walloon.last_img read more

EPL: Watford ambush Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Watford vs. Everton Venue: Vicarage Road Kick off: 4PMWatford face Everton at Vicarage Road this afternoon in the Premier League, with the home side looking to continue their resurgence under new manager Nigel Pearson. Watford seemed all but relegated when Pearson arrived in early December, but four Premier League wins from nine matches have allowed them to move within one point of safety. Having taken 11 points from their last six matches Watford are now looking up, but two losses in their last two games have stunted momentum. A defeat in their last league fixture to fellow strugglers Aston Villa was particularly damaging, while they would have been embarrassed by losing to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last Thursday. The Hertfordshire club also came out on the wrong side in the reverse fixture back in August, with a second half Bernard goal sealing the 1-0 win for Everton. Both sides have made changes in personnel since then, with Troy Deeney returning for Watford and Everton switching to a 4-4-2 under Carlo Ancelotti. While the changes have not brought about instant success, the Italian’s side are now well clear of the relegation zone. Everton’s away form remains poor, with the Toffees only managing two wins and nine points on the road this season. However, in the four league away games since Ancelotti’s arrival in December they have taken five points, more than the four Silva managed between August and December. Watford possible XI: Foster, Mariappa, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina, Doucoure, Capoue, Chalobah, Pereyra, Deeney, Deulofeu. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Walcott, Delph, Davies, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Kean.Tags: EvertonNigel PearsonTranmere RoversVicarage RoadWatfordlast_img read more

Long in Tigers link

first_img Press Association Shane Long has been given permission to leave the Republic of Ireland’s training camp to discuss a “transfer-related matter”, Press Association Sport understands. The West Brom striker is part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad ahead of the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, but has been heavily linked with a move to Hull. A move to the KC Stadium or elsewhere now appears to be closer to happening after the 26-year-old was granted permission to return to England to start talks. last_img

O’Neill counts cost of ugly defeat

first_img Press Association With an hour gone at Windsor Park on Friday night, O’Neill would have been contemplating a famous World Cup qualifying victory with his side 2-1 up and Portugal having lost Helder Postiga to a red card. But Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty were both dismissed to allow Paulo Bento’s side back into the game and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo obliged with a 15-minute hat-trick to seal a 4-2 win. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is facing a player shortage for Tuesday’s clash with Luxembourg after injuries and red cards against Portugal left his plans in tatters. “You have to look at the players that would be available,” he said. “Stephen Robinson has the under-21 lads in Belgium now and it would be a bit unfair to call on his players. Most of his lads have no first team football experience…it’s a big ask.” Paddy McCourt is an obvious solution to bolster the numbers. The winger was not originally selected after a disrupted pre-season left him short of match fitness, but he is now in full training with new club Barnsley. Reduced numbers meant O’Neill was already forced into brave team selection against Portugal. He pitched 21-year-old MK Dons defender Lee Hodson against Ronaldo at right-back, while attacking midfielder Brunt was deployed as an emergency left-back. Both selections raised eyebrows, but O’Neill believes he had no real choice. “They are only gambles if you have got other options,” he said. “It wasn’t really a gamble, it was a no-brainer. “I had one available right-back in Hodson and my gamble was that I played him at right-back. “I though Lee was magnificent, coming in in those circumstances. “The decision with Chris came because I didn’t want to take energy out of the front six. I could have played him and Shane in either position on the left but Brunty has not played any first-team football for West Brom this season and by his own admission felt he’d be better suited to left-back. “Those decisions had to be made.” Brunt and Lafferty will now be absent when their team-mates fly to Luxembourg on Sunday morning and O’Neill has other problems to deal with too. He confirmed that Derby forward Jamie Ward, who has excelled in his last two appearances and scored his first international goal against Portugal, is a doubt alongside Shane Ferguson. Both were substituted in the second half in some discomfort, while an Irish Football Association official said that Niall McGinn was also nursing an injury. With Aaron Hughes, Ryan McGivern and Craig Cathcart already injured before the squad met in Belfast, O’Neill could potentially be down to the bare bones. “We will have to sit down and assess our options,” he admitted. “As well as the red cards the biggest blow is a couple of injuries. “Wardy is possibly out and Fergie may not be available, so that will give us something to think about.” O’Neill has limited options outside of the squad and appears unlikely to delve into a very inexperienced under-21 pool. last_img read more