Sunday 23 July 2017

WATCH - Martin O'Neill singles out Cyrus Christie for praise after 'fantastic' performance

Republic of Ireland players celebrate with Cyrus Christie after he scored his teams second goal of the game during the international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland players celebrate with Cyrus Christie after he scored his teams second goal of the game during the international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Cyrus Christie showed there is life after Seamus Coleman as he helped fire the Republic of Ireland to a friendly victory over Uruguay in Dublin.

The Derby full-back, who is in line to start next Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Austria with Coleman recovering from a double leg fracture, scored his second senior international goal on the way to a morale-boosting 3-1 win at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland had taken a 28th-minute lead through skipper Jonathan Walters' sumptuous effort, and although Jose Gimenez levelled before the break, Christie's strike and a well-executed third from substitute James McClean rounded off a good evening for manager Martin O'Neill.

He made eight changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Mexico with only keeper Darren Randolph and defenders Christie and Shane Duffy retained, and saw his big names engineer a significant improvement on the performance at the MetLife Stadium and boost spirits ahead of the Austrians' visit to Dublin.

O'Neill was happy with the display and, in particular, the performance of Christie.

"It was very pleasing and I think the two games will have helped us," he told EirSport

"We got a lot of players on the field which was good news and players definitely needed that time on the pitch in preparation for the Austria game.

"Jon Walters whips in a great goal and then we concede a poor-ish goal, from our viewpoint, from the set-piece.

"In the second half we've got the goals, Cyrus Christie has done fantastically well, considering he is trying to replace an iconic figure in Seamus Coleman.

"Overall, I was pretty pleased."

"I have to sit down now and really think about the side which is the most important thing and it's not just the picking of the side that matters, it's how we perform against Austria and that will be very, very important."

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