Martin O’Neill was in a good mood after seeing his team snatch a late equaliser on Monday night.
Having led from the third minute, Ireland were hit by two quick goals after Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic had been subbed on the hour mark, with Serbia looking to have earned a valuable win in the first group game of this World Cup qualification.
However, on 76 minutes O’Neill asked Daryl Murphy to go on and try to salvage something, four minutes later Newcastle’s new signing met a corner with the perfect header (watch it here) and salvaged a great point.
Talking after the game, Martin O’Neill described Murphy’s August move to Tyneside as ‘glorious’ for the player.
The Ireland manager saying the transfer will be a major shot in the arm for the former Ipswich striker, whilst at the same time reassuring Newcastle fans that despite the striker being 33 he is fit and ready to do a job for Newcastle this season.
“It has been a big boost for him (Daryl Murphy) at club level getting a glorious move to Newcastle.
“He’s fit, regardless of his age, and he steamed into it (header v Serbia) – it was a great goal for us and a great goal for him too.”