King hits back at Ireland critics

The interim Republic of Ireland manager was visibility annoyed after his tactics came in for criticism despite a 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan
Noel King has hit back at critics of his approach as Republic of Ireland manager after guiding the team to a 3-1 win against Kazakhstan.

Following the Boys in Green's 3-0 loss to Germany on Friday, television pundit Eamon Dunphy laid into the Dubliner's tactics, claiming that King "makes Giovanni Trapattoni look like Pep Guardiola" before attacking his team selection "A strange team and a strange system," Dunphy claimed. "If I had a thousand goes, I wouldn't have picked it."

However, following Ireland's 3-1 victory over Kazakhstan, King hit back at Dunphy and his other critics, especially with regard to playing forwards out of position on the wing.

"Germany scored three goals, we scored three goals, don't talk to me about that," King replied when questioned about his team selection by RTE. "Kevin Doyle was not played out of position. If anyone wants to do their homework, he's played there for his club, he's played there loads of times. Anthony Stokes has played there for Celtic. I don't know what you mean. They're not played out of position.

"Kevin Doyle has played on the right-hand-side umpteen times. Anthony Stokes has played on the right-hand-side umpteen times. This conversation is incorrect."

King also was defensive about the issue of the quality of Tuesday's opponents, and hit out at the manner in which he perceived the result was immediately being belittled by the media.

"I don't know [how good Kazakhstan are]," he declared. "I know they drew with Austria 0-0. I know Sweden beat them 1-0. This is typical. Don't degrade the players' performance. Don't degrade what they've done.

"Marvellous, marvellous show tonight against a tricky team. Ive nothing but praise for the boys tonight in a green shirt, and the staff, and everyone around the place.

"I think that's a positive outlook. That's the one I'll bring home. I can walk around Dublin with my head held high. I'm happy to be the Irish manager for a spell. And that's it.

"You talk about possession, and we got three goals in a game. What's wrong with that? You want us to get six goals? Once you play well and you do the things well in attack, and do the things correctly in the transitions, and the things correctly in defence, that's all you can ask for.

"If you get three, you get two, you get one, each game has to be judged on its own merits. So give the boys a bit of credit."