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Dunphy full of praise for Hoolahan
31 Mar 2015 10:10
Eamon Dunphy has heaped praise on Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan following his man-of-the-match performance in Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifying Group D 1-1 draw against Poland, but blasted the displays of a number of the Norwich playmaker’s team-mates, including skipper Robbie Keane, whom he labelled "feeble".
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Hoolahan, who has racked up just 18 appearances on the international stage, pleased many at Aviva Stadium and delighted Dunphy with his incisive play.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport, the analyst said: “I thought it was very good after the first 30 minutes.
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“Wes was playing up front with Robbie Keane, which was kind of stupid.
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“But then he made a change, he brought Jon Walters in to play beside Robbie Keane, he gave Wes a freer role and he swapped McGeady around to the right wing.
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“In the last 10-15 minutes of the first half we threatened.
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“Wes started getting on the ball - he played a couple of divine passes, really beautiful stuff. He makes things happen.
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“We came out in the second half and we really played, all driven by Wes, really.
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“Wes Hoolahan didn’t start against Georgia, he didn’t start away to Germany, and when he did come on we picked up and scored an equalising goal, yet the manager says he might only play him at home.”
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