The main story in Irish football today seems to be that Wes Hoolahan didn't start against, followed in distant second by the fact that we actually went on to lose them.
In case you missed the pre-match Hoolahan argument in which Eamon Dunphy told Darragh Maloney he didn't know what he was talking about, you really should give it a watch, but all-in-all it centered around whether 33-year-old Wes can play two matches in the space of four days.
Even at half-time Dunphy couldn't help but make reference to it, with the a barely disguised dig during his analysis of Jon Walters' penalty:
We got a penalty and 33-year-old Jon Walters stepped to score.
After the match he mentioned it again, saying 'He's [Hoolahan] the same age as Jon Walters and nobody worked harder or ran more on Thursday night than Jon Walters.'
Jon Walters turned 32 a few weeks ago.
As evidence has shown time and time again, a year and a half can take have big affect on a player once they've passed 30. Surely we have to take O'Neill's word when he says Wes Hoolahan had not recovered enough in time to start?