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06th Sep 2016

Look at all these people who Daryl Murphy made fools of against Serbia

Humble pies for everyone

Conan Doherty

Ireland need a goal.

Things are going badly. A one-goal lead from the start of the game never looked convincing and, in the space of seven second half minutes, it’s all inevitably undone.

So Martin O’Neill reacts. And his instincts are spot on.


A lot of things can change in five minutes though and a lot of attitudes were certainly altered on Monday night.

Before the game in Serbia, Daryl Murphy’s international record read like this:

9 years
22 games
0 goals

Granted, there was a six-year hiatus in there but those are the facts and the sight of the big Waterford man coming on to rescue the ship didn’t inspire a lot of confidence.

Especially when he was replacing the goalscorer.

Times were tense and his club record stood for nothing – not to impatient fans on Monday evening as Ireland trailed in Belgrade.

So poor Murphy felt the brunt of it as he was brought on for the last 15 minutes.

Far too many people were knocking him before he even got his flick on to set up a glorious Shane Long chance.

The manager was to blame more than the player.

Then he literally went from zero to hero.

And Newcastle fans loved it.

We always knew what he could do.

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