Let’s hope Conor Sammon isn’t a Twitter fan. We should also hope he doesn’t listen to radio, read newspapers or listen to the voices of every second person on the street. Such is the depth of the belief that Wes Hoolahan should start against Austria in Ireland’s pivotal group C game on Tuesday night at Landsdowne Road, that a man making his competitive international debut, has been given an inadvertent kicking.
What irks people is what Sammon embodies. A long ball game after all the potential of Stockholm is what is believed will be reverted to. Not the glimpses of possession football we were treated to at times and could potentially, properly indulge in if James McCarthy and Hoolahan were to line out together. No what Tuesday night will now embody is long, aimless balls in line with the upper tiers of the West and East stands at Lansdowne Road towards an inadequate target man.