Echo Jury: Stuart Hall reflects on a dramatic late win against Blackburn Rovers

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MARTIN O’Neill certainly knows how to make an entrance as we pulled off a dramatic late victory.

Despite a few average performances from the lads, the confidence boost that O’Neill will surely bring was evident as Larsson stepped up in injury-time and curled in a beauty of a free-kick to win it.

Blackburn took the lead without really trying – they certainly didn’t do any other attacking after going ahead early in the first half. They certainly look like a team who could do with a new manager. A tiny away support made little noise all afternoon.

I was pleased to see Wickham return the startling line-up – and he played well, without getting much service. Vaughan topped off a decent performance with a superb 25-yarder to equalise – and given how the game had gone, I’d have taken a point.

O’Neill has some fairly average players to work with until January. Bardsley had a shocker and O’Shea just isn’t a full-back. In midfield Colback really needs to get involved more to justify his place in the team, but it was great to see James McClean make such a good debut. He looked a real threat down the left – something we have missed all season.

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