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City boss hails 'outstanding' comeback kid O'Halloran

IRELAND cap Stephen O'Halloran is making waves with Coventry City after recovering from a career-threatening injury.

The left back burst onto the scene in 2007, winning two senior caps under Steve Staunton, but in four seasons since then has played just six times at club level after suffering a number of injuries.

But he has made a comeback with Coventry, playing in their last two games, and boss Aidy Boothroyd is delighted with the progress of the former Aston Villa man.

"O'Halloran was outstanding, you can see the different dimension he gives us," said Boothroyd after the Cork native's display in defence in Coventry's 2-1 FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.

Coventry had a strong Irish presence for that game with five players from the Republic (Keiren Westwood, Richard Keogh, Michael Doyle, O'Halloran and Roy O'Donovan) involved and Boothroyd had special words of praise for keeper Westwood.

"Again Keiren Westwood was outstanding. As well as saving the penalty, he had good command of his area throughout," he said.

"He had nothing to do for long periods of the game.

"But that is what you expect from a goalkeeper, keeping the concentration levels right until the end of the game, something which separates the great from the good and he most certainly proved himself to be a very, very good player once again."