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Coleman: Now we must beat big teams


Seamus Coleman. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Seamus Coleman. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Seamus Coleman. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

SEAMUS COLEMAN believes that Ireland cannot simply accept wins over low-ranking sides and need to be able to challenge the top teams at international level.

A poor World Cup campaign ended with last night's 3-1 win at home to Kazakhstan, but while players like Coleman enjoyed the glow of finishing the group with a win, the stats are depressing.

In games against Germany, Sweden and Austria, Ireland managed a total of two points from a possible 18 and only for the wins over Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands, the Republic could have finished even lower in the table.

"We have players who are comfortable on the ball and we showed that last night, but it's all well and good doing that against Kazakhstan, we need to start doing that against better opposition," said the Everton man.

"We know we have good players and when you're at home to a team like Kazakhstan, you should be dominating. But we are happy to get the win and I am delighted for Noel King.



"Noel came in, got us working the way he wanted us to play and thankfully it worked well. The sooner the better we have a new manager in, so he can get to know us and get us playing the way he wants us to play," added Coleman, who accepted some of the blame for the opening goal of the night, Dmitri Shomko's stunning 13th-minute strike.

"They got a wonder goal, it was a brilliant goal from them. Obviously I could have done better with my clearance, he could try that 10 times and never get a strike like that, so it happens and thankfully we came back with three goals, we got a positive result," said Coleman, though an injury to his Everton teammate Darron Gibson cast a shadow over the evening.

"I am gutted for for Darron and that has put a downer on the night for me.

"Roberto Martinez was at the game and I'm sure he is disappointed as well," Coleman said.