Eamon Dunphy
Eamon Dunphy

ON MESSAGE
“It was a terrible Irish performance. Shameful… I’d say there were football people at home crying.”

Will he ever tire of it?

HUNT HIM DOWN
Stephen Hunt, for one, has had enough:

“Where do they get their kicks from? Do you know what I mean? And especially Dunphy, he should know better by now. He’s a skinny rat, a skinny little rat.”

ANDY WHO?
Much to Trap’s chagrin, everyone was talking about Andy Reid afterwards. Only Ronnie Whelan hadn’t fully read the script:

“He’s playing very well at the moment for Middlesbrough.”

FORGETTING SOMEONE?
After talking about little else for years, Eamo doesn’t even acknowledge Ronaldo’s existence any more:

“Buffon, the most expensive player in the world.”

MUST BE BIONICS
A tussle for possession between Zambrotta and Kilbane had George agog:

“64 years between them – 32 each – and they’re involved in a footrace.”

ARE YOU SURE?
From the start, Tony O’Donoghue  seemed to have his priorities wrong:

“The scoreline in Georgia is the talk of the place.”

VERSATILE LAD
There was more sterling research on RTE’S Sunday Sport.

Con Murphy: “Just had a text in asking why Keith Fahey hasn’t been mentioned in the Irish set-up considering he’s playing week in week out in the Premier League.”

John Anderson: “Yeah we’ve spoken about this before as well. And he’s doing very, very well at Wolves apparently.”

Anderson then went on to suggest that you could put John O’Shea at left back and slot Fahey in at right back.

The way Trap thinks, it’s probably the best chance the creative Birmingham midfielder has.

CONTINENTAL THREESOME
World Cup weekend doesn’t suit everyone. On ESPN, Steve Bower couldn’t suppress his suspicions:

“Portugal, Denmark and Sweden, there are all types of connotations.”

FLUID FORMATION
Over in the Ukraine, Rob Green’s sending off confused Tony Cottee:

“They’re playing a 4-2-3 at the moment, with Heskey up front on his own.”

TAKES ONE TO TANGO
On Match of the Day, every Mark Bright intervention became a mini-conversation with himself:

“It’s so typical of England. Once we’ve qualified can we get up for the battle? I wouldn’t say we’re not up for the battle. It’s just circumstances, being down to ten men…”

PLENTY OF PROMISE
In Copenhagen, Jim Proudfoot wasn’t making any promises about Simon Kjaer:

“The 20-year-old promises to have a promising career.”

LIKE BEING IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY
No sign of Chris Waddle on international duty this weekend. Could it have anything to do with his recent performance during Fiorentina-Liverpool?

“There’s a terrific atmosphere here, they always have passionate crowds in France.”

MOTOR MOUTH
Malky Mackay got through 88 minutes of Japan-Scotland before temptation proved too great:

“Honda. he’s been up and down – obviously got a great engine.”

ANYONE LISTENING?
Confined to the English basement divisions, no wonder Jeff Stelling become a little distracted:

“1-1, that would be a terrific result for Hereford who don’t win often away from home.”

LOAVES AND FISHES
Clark Carlisle makes magic on MOTD2:

“Man United may only get three or four chances against you, but they can end up scoring three, four, even five from them.”

FALL OUT BOY
Gol TV’s Ray Hudson pays tribute to the Madrid evergreen:

“Raul, man, he’s like a Twinkie. He would survive a nuclear war.”

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