Monday 19 August 2019

Crowley 'shocked' at cup final omission

Mick McCarthy (pictured) has been following Danny Crowley's progress . Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Mick McCarthy (pictured) has been following Danny Crowley's progress . Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Ireland hopeful Danny Crowley believes his manager got it wrong by benching him for Sunday's Dutch Cup final defeat to Ajax.

The Willem II playmaker was hoping to impress the watching Mick McCarthy in the big game, having starred for the Eredivisie side this term.

However, his club's manager Adrie Koster opted for a tactical reshuffle that cost Crowley.

Ajax ran out 4-0 winners and the 21-year-old - who came on as a 64th-minute sub - was honest about his feelings in the aftermath.

"I was very surprised and also very disappointed," said Crowley.

"I was really shocked. He said he wanted to play in a different way to surprise Ajax and he thought I was not suitable for that.

"Honestly, I don't understand it and I don't agree with it, but he is the boss and I have to respect it."

Crowley had started all 37 of Willem's competitive fixtures this term prior to Sunday.

His paperwork to play for Ireland has not gone through yet and McCarthy admitted last night that he expected to see more of Crowley.

"The world and his mother expected him to start," said McCarthy.

"If there was any doubt, I wouldn't have travelled."

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