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Mick McCarthy admits he wanted Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane, couldn't afford him

The Irish Coach Mick McCarthy during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on March 26, 2019

Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane has been starring for Ireland.

The Irish Coach Mick McCarthy during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on March 26, 2019

Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has told Sky Sports that he has 'always admired' Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane.

Ireland took on Georgia on Tuesday night, just days after an uninspiring 1-0 win over Gibraltar on Saturday, with fans hoping for much better.

However, it was exactly the same scoreline as Ireland claimed a 1-0 victory over Georgia, making it two narrow wins from two games under McCarthy.

 

Hourihane settled this one, scoring a superb first half free kick to win the game, continuing his fine run of form.

The Aston Villa ace was Ireland's standout performer against Gibraltar, playing a key part in the winning goal whilst putting in superb set pieces.

The 25-year-old has again starred for Ireland, and he has now been hailed by boss McCarthy for his performance against Georgia.

Dublin , Ireland - 26 March 2019; Conor Hourihane of Republic of Ireland during the UEFA EURO2020 Group D qualifying match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium,...

McCarthy has not only admitted that he has been really impressed, but even tried to sign Hourihane as a club manager, but simply couldn't afford him.

“He's got a wand of a left-foot,” said McCarthy. “I've always admired him. I tried to sign him at one point but we had no money - the usual. I've been really impressed with him,” he added.

Conor Hourihane of Ireland celebrate scoring during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Georgia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on March...

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