Paddy Ryder celebrates with Power fans. Picture: Michael Klein. Source: Herald Sun.

Essendon coach James Hird played down Paddy Ryder’s influence last night, labeling his three goal last quarter as “lucky.”

Ryder kicked four goals, including three in the last quarter to help Port Adelaide down Essendon by 13 points at Adelaide Oval.

However, Hird dismissed Ryder’s importance against his former club.

“I thought Paddy was held pretty well for three quarters. I thought he was lucky,” Hird said.

“Certainly the free kick that he kicked the goal when Steinberg was on him. It was a lucky free kick.

“He kicked one off the ground. He had four possessions at three-quarter time.”

Hird copped severe criticism for his comments, with many social media users labeling him as arrogant and a sore loser.