Norwich City boss Alan Irvine has hailed the "outstanding" Wes Hoolahan as he helped keep the club's slim promotion hopes alive.
Hoolahan scored twice in a 7-1 win for Norwich over Reading, the Canaries still nine points off the last play-off spot and needing a string of wins to stay in the hunt.
"He's an outstanding player. I actually tried to sign Wes when I was at Preston and he was at Blackpool," says Irvine, who has been confirmed as City boss for the rest of the season.
"He's my type of player: a very gifted player and he's a great professional, which is really important as well. I can't really praise him any higher than that."
For Irvine, the win over Liam Kelly's Reading side was a reaction to the previous result, a 3-0 loss to Huddersfield.
"They took a lot of criticism and rightly so for the performance at Huddersfield, but they now deserve a lot of praise," the Scot added.