Apart from being fearful of some stubborn, Jack Charlton-type history repeating over Trap’s team selection, Dunphy sees “some terribly worrying signs” elsewhere, citing Ireland’s offensive set-pieces as hopelessly sub-standard.
“What are they doing out in Malahide?” he wondered, decrying the dearth of attention to detail. “It’s a terrible reflection on the people in charge of the team.”
While Dunphy was going off on one, helping to attract an RTE audience of 752,000 directly after the final whistle, over on Sky Sports David O’Leary was informing anchor Jeff Stelling that “the two central midfield lads have done their stuff… they’ve not over complicated it.” There may have been periods where Ireland didn’t play well but the result was all that mattered vouched a man who’s not exactly beating prospective employers away with a stick. On Sky, not upsetting anyone is all that matters.