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Andrews: 'Win was for Trap'

KEITH ANDREWS and many of Giovanni Trapattoni's squad were quick to line up behind him in Torshavn on Tuesday night and left nobody in any doubt about support for the manager.

Asked whether the win against the Faroes was some payback for their manager, Andrews agreed.

"Yes, I think so. From a personal point of view this manager is the one who gave me my chance at international level and likewise a lot of other lads," he said. "When the chips are down, first and foremost you are playing for your country, trying to qualify for a World Cup.

"We said from the outset that we are more than likely trying to nick the second spot and that is still the plan, but it was nice to give the manager a performance full of character.

"We believe in what we're doing. We knew it wasn't going to be a stroll in the park by any means. From the players' point of view we are a million per cent behind this manager and we fully expect to see him here next month for the Greece game."


Andrews had a first-hand view of Trapattoni's demeanour during a week of feverish speculation. Was he upset? "No, not in the slightest. He's obviously been there and done it.

"It's a stroll in the park for him. Certain managers feel under pressure when results haven't gone to plan. Their mood goes up and down and it can affect the players but the manager has remained constant throughout and is unfazed by everything that has happened.

"I think that's very important, especially with younger members of the squad that have come in, the likes of James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman who have done ever so well. For younger players especially it's important that the man at the helm is calm in these situations.

"There's a lot of hype goes on outside the camp but it's a very, very happy camp. We love turning up, training, the atmosphere around the hotel. We've been very successful under this manager and I think it would be a shame if that changes."

When it was put to him the strongest backers of Trapattoni have been team regulars and senior players, he agreed that others had a cause for complaint.

"I can understand that. If I wasn't playing, I wouldn't be happy," he said. "If I was turning up for every trip and not getting a chance I probably wouldn't be best pleased but at the end of the day there are certain things that go on within the camp. Players who don't play regularly at club level, they can't have too many complaints about coming up here and not playing. The manager has decisions to make.

"He has a pool of whatever it is, 20 or 30 players, to choose from and he does that. I think he balances it between how well they've done at club level and how well they've done for him in the past.

"I think certainly in the friendlies, especially in the Oman game and the Serbia game, he has experimented, he's probably learned from the Euros that he needs to integrate players a little bit more. The squad certainly needed to evolve a little bit. He's certainly done it in the last couple of months and I'm sure he'll do it in the next few friendlies as well.

"His record in charge has been fantastic. We've only lost two qualifying games since he's been in charge. He's very calm like I said and the manner we lost the other night wasn't nice for all of us.

"We were all very, very down, but he was the one who remained calm and kept us focused for this game."