The people of Seville are resourceful bunch according to Mick McCarthy.
The former Ireland manager revealed – while discussing the possible hostile atmosphere Irish players may face on Friday – that he once had oranges thrown at him when Ireland played against Spain. Speaking to the Irish Independent, McCarthy said:
We were in Seville one year with Ireland and you could get hit by an orange wherever you stood on the pitch. There was all sorts going on.
While no one likes to get hit with an orange you'd have to be thankful that Seville isn't famous for coal or tractor engines.
McCarthy talked about how he loved that kind of atmosphere and the likes of James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady should relish it: 'They (McCarthy and McGeady) will get slaughtered, but I tell you what - it don't half make it sweet when you win.'
He added: 'I always wanted to feel that resistance towards me, that dislike for you, because it inspires you.'
Indeed McCarthy conceded that the only time he was cheered at an away ground was actually in Scotland but that was when he made a mistake that led to a goal against Dundee United.