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Hunt's on fire against Royals as McCarthy dishes out praise

MICK McCARTHY has heaped praise on Irish winger Stephen Hunt following a stunning display by the Waterford native against his former club Reading on Saturday, writes Aidan Fitzmaurice.

Hunt received a standing ovation when he was substituted 66 minutes into a 2-0 win over the Royals, having earned his keep by setting up the opening goal for fellow Deise man Daryl Murphy.

"Hunty's terrific," said McCarthy.

"I felt sorry for Tabby (Jay Tabb) because he was one of the players I thought played well last week. He had to play in two positions – in wide left and in the middle – and he competed better than others.

"Hunty just gives you something a little bit different. Tabby is more of a left midfield player, whereas Hunty is a definite left-winger.

"He certainly gets the crowd going. I only took him off because he was goosed. Amazingly, I'd said to him 'you've got five more minutes' and he suddenly found a bit more energy to create the goal!

"He's been like that all week. He came in Monday morning, we're playing Reading and he's bouncing around and he fancies it. He gets in your head man!"