Fish help Sheppard find net
Shamrock Rovers' Karl Sheppard has revealed that his recent goalscoring streak has been aided by an unusual post-match routine that involves dipping his feet into a basin of fish, writes Daniel McDonnell.
Sheppard has scored in four successive league games for the Hoops -- grabbing the first goal of the game on each occasion -- and the run has coincided with his decision to go for post-match fish pedicures after a recommendation from a friend.
He believes it has kept his feet in good condition amid a hectic schedule that continues with a Dublin derby against St Patrick's Athletic tonight.
"It's just something to keep the dead skin off my feet," explains Sheppard.
"It's working for me at the moment, so I'll keep going. You put your feet in a basin of fish and they eat the dead skin. A mate suggested it. I started doing it recently, and hopefully I can keep scoring goals."
Michael O'Neill has paid tribute to Sheppard for filling the goalscoring void left by the injured Gary Twigg -- even though he has been deployed on the right side of what is effectively a 4-2-3-1 formation, although at times it is closer to 4-3-3.
"When we asked Karl to play in that position, he was a bit unsure that he could," said O'Neill. "I was pretty sure he could and he's proven that.
"The great thing about playing a striker in that position is when the ball is on the other side of the pitch, he thinks like a striker."