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Dunphy U-turn as he finally hails Trapattoni

EAMON DUNPHY has pulled off a spectacular U-turn in his trenchant criticisms of Giovanni Trapattoni today.

Trap's arch critic, right, has now hailed the Italian despite only a short time ago calling for him to be dismissed by the FAI.

Dunphy has for months lambasted the grey-haired general over his team selection and tactical decisions. And despite today continuing to question the Italian manager's "conservative" 4-4-2 formation, Dunphy admitted to the Herald that Trapattoni had "done well".

"I'm expecting this a great night. The lads look home and dry," he said. "The fans deserve it and [Trapattoni's] done well, the campaign's been great."