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“Immense and brave” Norwich City star Wes Hoolahan stars as Republic of Ireland beat Germany

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (centre) in action during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying win over Germany at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Republic of Ireland's Wes Hoolahan (centre) in action during the UEFA European Championship Qualifying win over Germany at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Picture: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

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Wes Hoolahan’s man of the match display for the Republic of Ireland against world champions Germany has brought wide praise for the Norwich City talisman.

Hoolahan and Canaries team-mate Robbie Brady were in the thick of the action as Shane Long’s strike secured a 1-0 win over the Germans in Dublin on Thursday night, securing at least a play-off place in Euro 2016 qualifying.

“That kind of guile, that kind of wizardry... he sees passes that others don’t see,” said RTÉ Soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy. The former Ireland midfielder then jokingly added: “He’s my love child!”

Irish newspaper the Independent published an online article with the headline ‘It’s frightening to think about Ireland without the wonderful Wes Hoolahan’.

Football writer Dion Fanning went on to say of the 33-year-old: “Wes Hoolahan was immense and brave, setting the tone for an Irish performance from the moment he tried to slow down the pace of the early German attacks.”

Canaries winger Brady, who also played the full 90 minutes in the famous triumph, also came in for praise.

The article continued: “There were moments of hope when the outstanding Robbie Brady and Hoolahan got on the ball. Sometimes he was on his own and there was one moment when Hoolahan found himself looking for a pass but instead going round in circles in midfield like the Griswolds stuck on a roundabout in European Vacation.”

Dublin radio station FM104 said Hoolahan “delivered a trojan performance” for his country, with City’s longest-serving current player telling them: “Brilliant win. We knew before the game that it was going to be a difficult task. We dug in deep and got them on the counter-attack and what a finish by Shane (Long). A good kick down the field by Darren Randolph, he ran on to a great touch and a great finish.

“We could see in the first half we had one or two little chances that were nearly in and we knew we could get at them. The second half we turned it a little bit and we had a few chances.

“It’s in our hands now, if we beat Poland (on Sunday) we get second place so hopefully it will happen. It’s going to be a huge task going away, you know Poland are a great team but we’re going there with confidence.”

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13 comments

  • Great for Wes. Already Canary legend in my book but no marble statues please Stew. They should be reserved those that kept the club alive in those difficult times - Watling, South, Smith et al. Just praying for an injury free rest of the international weekend. I see ManCity have lost Aquero and probably Silva. Hopefully both will miss our clash.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • Sorry, I was thinking more about the fact they haven't qualified

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    Dave T

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • Lovely to see Eamon Dunphy praising Wes .Now a well respected author and commentator Eamon is probably better known in these parts as calling Norwich animals after Millwall's 2-1 win at Cold Blow Lane in 1971 .Maybe he had a point but we managed by Ron Saunders no prisoners- we went up as champions they didn't get promoted.Different days and different attitudes.OTBC.

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    rikki nadir

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • You might want to check your facts David? Last time I checked, Scotland drew 2-2 so what exactly are you saying?

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    baguio

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Wes beats World Champions and wins Man of the Match !! Excellent stuff, let him do his stuff in the PL against the so-called 'big boys' there too !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Legend already and I wish him a great season with City

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    johnty

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Mr Ed: yep, some classic ball watching going on in the Scottish defence. Not pointing the blame on anyone in particular, mind!

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    malaga flier

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Dave T - Interesting comment. Could it have been our erstwhile captain who was responsible for marking Ledanowski??

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    Mr Ed

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • …..Would it be in order to have a marble statue sculptured in his likeness and honour, to stand beside that other irreplaceable… Darren Huckerby?...Suggest the Hotel corner!…under the big screen TV.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Wes Hoolahan, legend in his own lifetime. Doesn't get any better than beating the world champions on your home turf, just ask Lothar Matthaus

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • 33 years old now , Swansong years as a player . He is quietly working his way up there to the Pantheon of N C F C all-time Greats .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Irish midfielders put in great shift against the Germans. Congolese striker gets 2nd goal in 2 matches. Scottish defenders lose again. Just saying..........!

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    Dave T

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • Glad to see Wes doing the business internationally and I hope he gets to qualify. I'm also glad he's 33 so will not entice too many suitors if he carries on playing as well as he has!

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    MellowYellow

    Friday, October 9, 2015

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