Robbie Brady and Jon Walters both scored in the Premier League this afternoon, to offer the continent further proof that Ireland will win Euro 2016 with something to spare.
Brady scored the only goal of the game between Norwich and West Brom, a critical goal that lifts Norwich out of the relegation zone. It was timely also, ahead of the clash between Sunderland and Newcastle this weekend. A goal that made him unsurprisingly popular among the Norwich faithful:
Love Robbie Brady #Lethal
— JME (@jamieregan19) March 19, 2016
Robbie Brady is a proper player.
— Dan Dempsey (@DanDempsey139) March 19, 2016
Worringly, Brady had to be substiuted following a clash of heads. In the same game, Wes Hoolahan was an unused substitute and James McClean came off the bench for a largely ineffectual thirty minutes.
Jon Walters was Stoke's hero against Watford, scoring the first and assisting the second in a 2-1 win. Walters kept his place in the Stoke side over Bojan, a decision he vindicated.
Brady opening the scoring, Walters with a lovely assist and a goal... steady now, lads. Save those.
— Leigh Walsh (@LeighWalsh87) March 19, 2016
That pass from Walters was an absolute beauty
— Ben (@ScfcBen) March 19, 2016
That's a top level pass by Walters. If Messi did that you'd never hear the end of it.
— Sam (@SamTheLost) March 19, 2016
Glenn Whelan also played ninety minutes in the Stoke midfield, with some bloke called Stephen Ireland an unused substitute for Stoke.
Elsewhere, Damien Delaney played ninety minutes for Crystal Palace in their 1-0 defeat to Leicester City, and came within inches of equalising against the league leaders, hitting the bar in injury time.
And finally, Darren Randolph and Joey O'Brien were unused substitutes for West Ham in their 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.