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Aston Villa fans react to Mick McCarthy’s plan to play Conor Hourihane in defence

(Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

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Aston Villa fans react to Mick McCarthy’s plan to play Conor Hourihane in defence

Hourihane will play at left back in the friendly against Bulgaria.

Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane will play at left back for the Republic of Ireland tonight when they host Bulgaria in a friendly.

As per RTE, Mick McCarthy has confirmed he will experiment with the former Barnsley man in defence and outlined his reasons.

He said: “I’ll see whether Conor can do it. He has a wand of a left foot. He will have no problem playing from there, let’s see if he has a flying winger, if he can cope with that. He is thrilled, he is looking forward to it. He wants minutes and he wants to play.

“If it turns out to be a successful venture, then great, and if it doesn’t, then nothing ventured nothing gained, except Conor is going to get more minutes when he hasn’t been playing at club level. I remember doing it with Stephen Ward at club level and that wasn’t a bad experiment. I hope it is as successful as that one.”

(Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

McCarthy needs to find a replacement left back because Sheffield United’s Enda Stevens will miss the next European Championship qualifier through suspension.

But Villa fans are not impressed with the plan, saying on Twitter it reminds them of Steve Bruce’s tactical ineptitude at Villa Park.

It remains to be seen how it works out but the Villa fanbase do not appear to be on board at this moment in time…

 

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