Friday 20 January 2017

Seamus Coleman reveals how Martin O'Neill dished out half time 'rollicking'

Published 07/10/2016 | 02:30

Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is determined to add to his first international goal after the defender opened his account last night.

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Coleman has been a regular goalscorer for Everton in the last few seasons but had failed to score for Ireland until he popped up with the crucial match-winner against Georgia.

"It was a bit lucky, I've done well to get down the side of the full-back," he said.

"It came off Jonny (Walters), came back off me and then back off one of them and then I've knocked it in. I'm glad to get that monkey off my back.

"I would like to score more goals, you always want to score.

"I've got a good knack of scoring for Everton. But as I said in there, it's not a case of just bombing on and leaving the back door open.

"That's not how it works at international level, especially when we are not dominating the ball as much as we would like at times.

"If I make an overlapping run and it gets cut out, and they go down my side, then you are saying why have you not stayed back.

"It's about getting the balance right. I'm a team player, I'm not about getting the plaudits myself. But if I can get forward, I will get forward."

Coleman admitted that he couldn't put his finger on why Ireland were so poor in the first half but he was keen to focus on the fact that Ireland picked up what could prove to be three crucial points.

"I thought we very poor to be honest, first half especially," he maintained.

"Second half we got the goal but we weren't great but look we got three points and that's all that matters. But we know we weren't good enough and we know we can play a lot better. By no means was that good enough in the first half.

"We didn't get close enough to them, we let them have the ball too much and obviously we didn't defend set-pieces too well and we got lucky with that one that hit the crossbar. But looking back at the end of the group we won't remember the performance, we'll remember the three points.

"We'll go away now on a bit of a buzz because we've got the three points. It would have been difficult if we hadn't won the game, but thankfully we did."

Coleman also revealed that Martin O'Neill had a few choice words at half-time but he was relieved to get the right result in the end.

"The manager let us know that it wasn't good enough and gave us a rollicking that we needed. No one could have come in at half-time thinking they had done good enough," he added.

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