Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan makes his point, now it’s back to Republic of Ireland chief Giovanni Trapattoni

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni was spotted in the crowd at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni was spotted in the crowd at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, October 22, 2012
1:39 PM

Wes Hoolahan can do no more to push his Republic of Ireland claims, according to his club boss Chris Hughton.

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The Dubliner served up a virtuoso display in front of watching Irish chief Giovanni Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli at Carrow Road to help secure a landmark Premier League win.

Hoolahan had been consistently overlooked by the experienced Italian since earning a solitary cap back in 2008 before injury ruled him out of a friendly in Serbia prior to the new campaign.

Ireland’s World Cup bid suffered a jolting blow when they lost to Germany 6-1 recently, and Hughton believes Hoolahan’s Arsenal showing did his chances no harm after outshining the likes of Arsenal’s much more heralded Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla.

“I thought he was excellent, but we know that with Wes,” he said. “With Cazorla he is a player who has just gone to Arsenal and has surprised a lot of people because a lot of people didn’t know him. People here know Wes very well from the period of time he’s been here and we know what ability he’s got. I don’t think it would have been just this game, but they would be aware of his performances over the past few seasons. If he (Trapattoni) needed any clarification of that then he would have got it today.

“Yes, I have spoken to Wes about that, but it doesn’t make any difference. I don’t pick the team, pick the squad. I think every player wants to represent his country and I think Wes would be no different. I don’t pick the squad, but on his performances I know what a good player he is, irrespective of any one performance, and I know what he’s done at this club for the last three years.”

Hoolahan’s City team mate, John Ruddy, has forced his way onto the international scene with a string of consistent Premier League displays for the Canaries. The keeper denied Mikel Arteta late on, but was largely underemployed to underline Norwich’s overall supremacy.

“Fortunately for him, the performance was so good that he wasn’t tested as much as he perhaps he thought he was going to be,” said Hughton. “But that’s the mark of a good goalkeeper, it’s about concentration levels and making the vital saves when you need to.”

Declan Rudd was a surprise name on the substitutes’ bench, with Hughton confirming experienced back-up Mark Bunn had picked up a ‘slight’ injury.

“He did it on Friday,” said the City manager. “But it is very much a slight injury and we’ll see how it develops this week. I can only see it putting him out for a few days, that’s is all.”

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27 comments

  • Good afternoon Swiss, Giving a topical name to the formations available is not always easy. Our defence has been playing like Gruyere so that's out! The attack has resembled the Invisible man far too often, but now that the magician is back running the show, we should consider the “Top Hat”. Let us hope that Saturday will be the next step!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Oops! Missed a "1". Cost saving exercise.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • I'm sure she knocks them out in her kitchen on a Friday afternoon.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • if trapps dosnt pick wes now he never will.

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    bluelight

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • wonder if trappy tony will go for Hoolahoop now or has Pilks done enough to convince him > if i was Irish - both of them in.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • When you became the Mad Brewer, ex Greene King, I take it you lived on the Norfolk side of Diss! (That's a bit tongue in cheek).

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Source, of course. I`ve been on the sauce! H.P. (not Bulmer).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Whatever about Wes playing for Ireland, CH has to pick Wes for Norwich and play him. It seems to me, although I am not a soccer coach, that Norwich play when Wes is playing. He is an asset to the team and a player of quality. He has to be one of the first names on the teamsheet every match. As for Bulmers from Clonmel! Well sorry to say this but, O'Neill's on Suffolk Street is about the best pub in Dublin. It's about 100 metres down the road from the Old Norwich Union HO in Dublin on Dawson Street. Alas like most things, the Norwich has been rebranded Aviva and lost a lot of it's original ethos, Oh well as Peter Green once said!

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    RoadWarrior

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Whatever about Wes playing for Ireland, CH has to pick Wes for Norwich and play him. It seems to me, although I am not a soccer coach, that Norwich play when Wes is playing. He is an asset to the team and a player of quality. He has to be one of the first names on the teamsheet every match. As for Bulmers from Clonmel! Well sorry to say this but, O'Neill's on Suffolk Street is about the best pub in Dublin. It's about 100 metres down the road from the Old Norwich Union HO in Dublin on Dawson Street. Alas like most things, the Norwich has been rebranded Aviva and lost a lot of it's original ethos, Oh well as Peter Green once said!

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    RoadWarrior

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Of course Pa, you`re the creator of the Chevron!! So 4-2-2-1 is "Concord"? I agree ;-) Not that silly French spelling either; waste of a good "e". What would Carol Vodafone think? She`d probably have to move her vowels. I have mixed Irish and Jewish roots so I could play for Ireland or anyone else who pays me enough. Oy vey Maria!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • ethered here as well

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Ive worked at Harland and Wolff had digs in Bangor maybe i might be able to be considered .O.T.B.C.

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    yarco

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • There`s a little ol` meat processing factory in them paaarts. Either way, could our Carra Crusts be crafted in Silly Suffolk?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • On behalf of the black, jewish, communist, hetrosexual, gypsy Palestinian single parent mothers on benefits I'd have to say - indeed give Wes a go in the new 3-2-2-1-1-1 line up !

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • If I dare enter this high-flying tactical debate, why would you name our latest tactical system on a half French financial failure built on 1960s technology that retired 9 years ago after it went down in flames?

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Perhaps Trapper Tony will copy Hoots` 4-2-2-1-1 (??) formation to fully utilise the Genius of Hoolahoop? I wonder if Holty has any Irish in him? Pilks has. I think most of us have if you look back a bit! Get Road Warrior on the case. How`s the "original" Irish Bulmer`s cider, RW? Compared with that ersatz stuff from Herefordshire, England? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Don Vito Trapattoni looks like he's about to call a meeting of the heads of the 5 families ...

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • It's me again Brew.... Seems I've got you into the numbers game (4-2-2-1-1). I call it the “Concord”. A bit more modern than the old “Panhandle”.... I have a good Idea what the Romans would have called it, but this is a family show. Yes! you are also correct on the Irish involvement. I have got a tad from not too far back. Indeed to Goodness!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Regrettably, Pa, I lived in Bury St Edmunds. BSE has historic links with Naardge, there was a horse-drawn coach service connecting the two places and a newspaper called The Norwich & Bury Post (I think). I left Naaarfolk in 1966 and did not return until 8 years ago. Bury is not a total Ipswich fans` place; there is a high representation of Canary fans there. Stowmarket is totally 1p5wich in comparison. Lowestoft seems to be predominantly Naaridge and really should be in Naarfolk! Most of our retired players seem to do a stint with the Trawlerboys too! When you get into West Suffolk, the place isn`t bad as the Donkeyboys` fan base is less prominent. Alan Bowkett used to be with Greene King.... Delia lives in Little London, near Needham Market. Where ARE her match day pies made??? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • we are well on the way brew old buddy .with wes,pilks and paul wos his name who plays very well on raidio norfolks phone in after the match.to helping out old trappers.

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    bluelight

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • marvellous total hgikyg gets through but ask if Hoolahoop and Pilks should be in trappy tony's next squad.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • I have Italian Catholic roots, does that count? I think of the 4-2-2-1-1 as more of a Gladius formation, with Holt in the starring role, fighting the lions, with Hollahoop waving the net.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Trouble is bluelight, ol` paartna, Trapper Tony would have to build a squad around Hoolahoop that would enable the little wizard to wave his wand. Under the stultifying régime of Don Giovanni, Wes would probably be expected to perform as a "holding midfielder" or goalie or something. At least the latter would prepare him to help out in Norwich`s current goalkeeper famine. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • i prefer 3-2-3-1-1-4-1. I know its 15 but they do use a funny shaped ball. Probably beat chelski though

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Like it Pa, a top hat and tails are never out of fashion.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, October 22, 2012

  • Whatever about Wes playing for Ireland, CH has to pick Wes for Norwich and play him. It seems to me, although I am not a soccer coach, that Norwich play when Wes is playing. He is an asset to the team and a player of quality. He has to be one of the first names on the teamsheet every match. As for Bulmers from Clonmel! Well sorry to say this but, O'Neill's on Suffolk Street is about the best pub in Dublin. It's about 100 metres down the road from the Old Norwich Union HO in Dublin on Dawson Street. Alas like most things, the Norwich has been rebranded Aviva and lost a lot of it's original ethos, Oh well as Peter Green once said

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    RoadWarrior

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • That Irish "Bulmer`s" is only Bulmer`s in Ireland; it has to morph into Magner`s in the UK `cos the original Herefordshire Bulmer`s is still made by H.P. Bulmer in .... Herefordshire! Mind you, I used to work for Greene King and we brewed "Wexford Irish Cream Ale" under licence from George Lett of Enniscorthy. Having brewed it in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk some was re-exported to Co. Wexford for distribution by George, by George! We did use Irish oats and malt was sorced from Minch Norton Malt, also of Enniscorthy. East Anglia is just a bit of Eire that broke off in a storm drifted away & ended up stuck on the a**e end of England whereupon it was renamed "Suffolk". It`s all a bit Irish really, like Craggy Island. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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