Friday 30 September 2016

Eamon Dunphy: Players need to take a leaf out of Roy Keane’s book and clatter someone

Published 16/11/2015 | 12:35

Roy Keane in action back in 2001
Roy Keane in action back in 2001

Eamon Dunphy has called on the Ireland players to channel their inner Roy Keane and make their authority felt early on against Bosnia tonight.

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Martin O’Neill’s men go into tonight’s second leg of the Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia with a slight advantage having drawn the first leg in Bosnia 1-1 on Friday night.

In 2001, Roy Keane famously crunched into Marc Overmars to send the Dutchman flying before Ireland went on to record a famous 1-0 win over Louis van Gaal’s side.

And outspoken pundit Dunphy reckons more of the same is needed tonight.

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“We need to play at a high tempo, British style game tonight and get tackles in. Very famously Roy Keane, in a huge match in 2001, the same situation, we had to win, he clattered a player called Marc Overmars in the first minute of the match and sent him flying up in the air,” said Dunphy, speaking on RTE Radio One today.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Edin Dzeko (right) and Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff first leg at The Stadion Bilino Polje, Zenica. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday November 13, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Bosnia. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's Edin Dzeko (right) and Republic of Ireland's James McCarthy battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Playoff first leg at The Stadion Bilino Polje, Zenica. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday November 13, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Bosnia. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission, please contact PA Images for further information: Tel: +44 (0) 115 8447447.

“That was the signal; ‘this is what it is going to be like’.”

While Ireland hold a slight advantage with an away goal in the bank, Dunphy says that that can be cancelled out in one moment with the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Eden Dzeko on the pitch.

“The onus is on us to dominate the game and win the game. We are at home but that has its own pressures,” added Dunphy.

“The expectation of the people will weigh on the players I am sure. I hope that we will be good enough to win the match.

“We have a reputation for our fighting spirit and giving it everything we have so I think the Bosnians will be intimidated.

“At the same time, Pjanic and Dzeko both play for Roma. They both play in the Champions League so are used to high-pressure situations.

“Pjanic is a dead ball specialist. Dzeko is a very, very good player and has scored a lot of goals in the qualifying campaign so they won’t need two chances. If they get a chance that’s the away goal gone.”

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