Thursday 14 November 2019

'Just listening to this guy on TV talking nonsense... who is he?' - Robbie Savage savages Eamon Dunphy

Robbie Savage and (inset) Eamon Dunphy on the box
Robbie Savage and (inset) Eamon Dunphy on the box

Robbie Savage was one happy man last night after his native Wales leapfrogged Ireland into second place of World Cup qualifying Group D.

The Welshman was in over in Ireland so instead of watching Chris Coleman's Wales secure a 2-0 win away to Moldova, he was glued to RTE to watch Ireland succumb to a 1-0 defeat against Serbia.

And one aspect of the TV coverage really caught his Eamon Dunphy.

"In Ireland... great result for Wales! Just listening to this guy on TV talking nonsense about @FAIreland performance... who is he?!! asked Savage to the amusement of many on Twitter.

But Savage insisted he had no idea who Dunphy was.

"Genuine Question as no caption has come up... lots to say this evening?!"

Dunphy did have lost to say.

"We proved for an hour tonight that we have a good team. We have a lot of players who can play and we played the best side in the group and we troubled them," said Dunphy on RTE after the match.

"Then they got their goal but when you look at the inconsistencies in the management team's choices between last Saturday when we were outplayed by Georgia and you look at the difference there is tonight.

"The changes in selection, the changes in style, changes in the role of James McClean for example. He played in midfield tonight which I think is crazy.

"Robbie Brady, we can conclusively say, is a much better left full for Ireland and Burnley, he didn't play well again in midfield. 

"Shane Duffy comes out with great credit from the games, he has grown up and marshaled the defence. We missed Seamus Coleman so much.

Wes Hoolahan should always play when he is available. If he had played against Georgia for one hour on Saturday, we would have got three points.

"It's a sad night because I don't think we will get to the World Cup. I think the management have questions to answer.

"David Meyler was rightly man-of-the-match. David Meyler has been sitting on the bench for a long time waiting for a chance to go into that slot where Glenn Whelan is.

"There are many questions you could ask our management team and I don't know the answers.

"It's not the players who will cost us our place at the World Cup, it's the management."

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