EURO 2016

Dunphy gives all the credit for Ireland glory to one man

Dunphy only has eyes for Hoolahan
Dunphy only has eyes for Hoolahan

Eamon Dunphy insisted Ireland's stunning Euro 2016 win against Italy had nothing to do with the tactics of manager Martin O'Neill - as he gave all the credit to his favourite player Wes Hoolahan.

Hoolahan was only on the pitch for 13 minutes in Lille, but he created the Robbie Brady goal that sent all of Ireland into a state of euphoria as we secured a 109 win and a last-16 clash against host nation France on Sunday.

On the RTE panel, Dunphy could barely contain himself and more than intimated that it was Hoolahan that turned the game in Ireland’s favour.

“It was a fabulous run and a great goal, and a superb delivery from Wes Hoolahan, who had just missed a sitter a few minutes earlier.

“It really is a marvellous night but everything was fizzing out until Wes came on and then we had a couple of chances.

“Wes has had to forget what happened to him two minutes earlier and had the guts, skill courage and imagination to float that ball at Brady perfectly.

“Brady has made that run, it’s what you do when you’re a schoolboy and you’re in trouble. You go back to your gut instinct. It was an execution of talent and really a great way to win a match.

“It had nothing to do with longs balls or tactics, that was all about class and having the balls to get it done in a big way.”

After his less than complimentary comments about O'Neill in recent weeks, Dunphy is clearly keen to deflect any suggestion that the manager deserves credit for a success that will be etched into Irish sporting folklore.

Imagine the scenes if they pull off another famous win against France this weekend.